Since 2005, the Academy or Art School of Fashion has premiered the collections of recent graduates during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. “Part of our commitment to the designers is to help launch their careers and have their collections seen by as many industry professionals as possible,” said Dr. Elisa Stephens, President of Academy of Art University. “Debuting their collections during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center is an incredible opportunity, especially since the national and international fashion community are gathered in New York City during that time.” For the Fall 2012 show, there will be eight women’s wear collections and one men’s wear collections by the following designers: Donghyuk Dan Kim, Jeanette Au, Xiang Zhang, Kate Y.K. Lee,Deanna Pei-Ju Lo, and Jade Juanyu Liu. Expect inspriations to range from a French collage artist Damien Blottiere to a collection inspired by Plato’s philosophy that the highest form of beauty can be explained by principles of mathematics.
Two of the women’s wear designers this season, Amy Bond and Farida Khan, received their M.F.A. in Fashion Design through Academy of Art University’s Online Fashion Program.
Collections shown throughout the years include those who studied in the areas of Fashion Design for Women’s Wear, Men’s Wear, and Children’s Wear, as well as Technical Design, Textile Design, Knitwear. Design, and Accessory Design. For the sixth season, the show will be streamed live at: http://www.academyart.edu/fashionshow/
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