The School of Fashion at the Academy of Art University held its annual fashion show in New York on September 9, 2017. This was the school’s 21st show in a row. The goal of the show is to show off new styles and find new model talent. It is hard to find true talent at the shows. The diverse group of designers had a wide range of ideas that impressed industry icons such as Ms. J Alexander. The show was another huge success and received great reviews.
The Academy of Art University is located in San Francisco and opened its doors in 1929. The school was founded by Richard S. Stephens. The school has nearly 300 full time teachers, over 1100 part time staff and 12,600 students. The school states that it is the largest of its kind in the United States. When the school first opened, its focus was teaching students how to advertise art. The founder Richard Stephens was originally a painter and magazine editor. He ran the school until his son Richard A. Stephens took over in 1951. Elisa Stephens took over as president in 1992 and has had a very successful tenure. Under her leadership the school grew from 2000 to 18000 students in 2012. The school first started participating in New York Fashion Week in 2005. Participating in the show has been a great success for the school and students by bringing worldwide exposure to the school from the fashion and modeling industry.
The school is regionally and nationally accredited. It offers associate, bachelor, and master degrees primarily on campus but some online courses are offered. The school typically has a diverse group of students with females usually being in the majority. The school also owns and runs the prestigious Academy of Art University Automobile Museum. The school has at least 200 of the rarest and highly valued cars in the world. The inventory is worth approximately $70 million. Some of the cars are owned by the family and the others by the school. The school also plays nine National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) sports.