Excellence in Fashion Styling

    The School of Fashion’s styling alumni are making names for themselves

    The School of Fashion at Academy of Art University defines fashion styling as “creating fashion imagery and outfits based on a concept.” As the only accredited B.F.A. fashion styling degree in the United States, Academy graduates develop to be industry-ready professionals with a keen sartorial eye, business acumen and versatility for a fast-changing market.

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    CFDA: A Platform for Emerging Talent

    Recognition from the Council of Fashion Designers of America provides School of Fashion students with opportunities, awards and industry connections


    B.F.A. fashion design alumna Zhouyi Li showcased her womenswear collection at CFDA x NYCEDC 2018 Fashion Future Graduate Showcase this past July. Photo courtesy the CFDA.

    As leaders in the global fashion economy, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) is always looking to the future with “strengthen the impact of American fashion” as their mission. In recent years, the CFDA has consistently looked to the School of Fashion at Academy of Art University to find the next wave of creatives to uphold and, simultaneously, evolve the industry. 

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    New School of Fashion Program to Focus on Footwear & Accessories

    Students to develop 2-D and 3-D design skills in latest accredited major offering

    Photo4_Student Nancy Zhao, BFA Fashion Design, is making a sneaker shoe. Photo by Danielle Rueda

    Student Nancy Zhao, B.F.A. fashion design, making a sneaker shoe. Photo by Danielle Rueda.

    No outfit is complete without the right pair of shoes and a killer bag to match. 

    Footwear and fashion accessories are major sources of revenue for the fashion market, sometimes keeping brands afloat among the competition. Yet, very few design schools offer specialized programs to educate the development of such goods; in the U.S., only three schools offer a degree in accessory design. Now, starting in Fall 2018, the School of Fashion at Academy of Art University is offering new degree programs in footwear and accessory design; both programs have accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

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    JEM Students Impress at Annual Society of North American Goldsmiths Conference


    M.F.A. JEM student Julessa Barnes displays her heart armor at SNAG. Photo courtesy of the School of Jewelry & Metal Arts.

    The Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) is the largest professional metalsmith organization and every year, it hosts a conference to invite the who’s who from the jewelry and metal arts industry.

    The professionals, trailblazers, educators and rising up-and-comers attending maintains a conference gold standard and this past May, the School of Jewelry & Metal Arts (JEM) from Academy of Art University joined in on the fun at the conference in Portland, Oregon.

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    Bringing 'The Magic Flute' to Life Through Costume


    Costume design student Miya Chuang served as costume designer for UC Santa Cruz’s production of The Magic Flute. Photo by Steve DiBartolomeo.

    For the second year in a row, costume design students from the Academy of Art University’s School of Fashion lent their talents to the UC Santa Cruz Opera program. 

    Thanks to an established relationship between Costume Design Production instructor Alina Bokavikova and UCSC’s Opera Director Sheila Willey, 10 Academy students helped bring Mozart’s The Magic Flute world alive on stage through costume.

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    SHOP657 Hosts First Spring Social


    Guests mingling at SHOP657’s Spring Social. Photo by Nina Tabios.

    On a sunny Friday in May, music and the chatter of conversation spilled out of SHOP657 onto Sutter Street as School of Fashion students hosted the concept store’s first ever Spring Social event. 

    Visitors enjoyed macaroons, kombucha and club tunes from DJ BabyJ of Manics while they shopped and mingled among the racks of student, alumni and faculty collections, including brands such as RAGNHILD, Sibyl of No. 17 and VoidTheBrand.

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