May 12, 2011

the new guard: the academy of art graduation fashion show

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my alma mater, the academy of art, always puts on a stellar graduation fashion show, and this spring’s edition was no exception. the crowd of industry insiders (which included honorary degree receipients cathy horyn from the new york times, nathalie rykiel, yigal azrouel, andrew buckler, and chistina neault of img fashion) and local fashion fans were treated to a show from 22 designers in fashion, knitwear, textile, and jewelry design. i am always impressed with the talented designers that come out of the bfa and mfa programs, and some of the big trends that emerged this season were rubberized fabrics, loose weave knitwear, long layering, and patchwork (in menswear). congrats to all the graduates and to those who won internships at companies such as sonia rykiel and abercrombie & fitch, and scholarships from the cfda.

check out more fashion show coverage from profreshstyle and refinery29 and the aau fashion site, fashion school daily.

photos from top:
#1 and #2: margaret yoah, bfa fashion design (inspiration: jean-jacques rousseau’s noble savage; henri rousseau’s jungle paintings)

#3: peter loc tan nguyen, bfa fashion/knitwear design (inspiration: menswear tailoring)

#4 and #5: brittany burggraff, bfa fashion design and wendy tam, bfa textile design (inspiration: dark children’s stories; the abstract art of yellena james; vintage lingerie; the spider and the fly poem by mary howitt and illustrated by tony diterlizzi)

#6 and #7: fayrouz abi assi, mfa fashion design (inspiration: america’s depression era and the shades, tones, and layers of arab desert dwellers)

#8: maggie mo luo, bfa fashion & knitwear design (inspiration: secrets of the ocean; beauty of illuminant underwater)

#9 and #10: shannon wong, bfa fashion design (inspiration: shibari, an ancient japanese artistic form of rope bondage)

#11: drew williams, bfa knitwear design (inspiration: agarose gel electrophoresis, rudi genrich, medical attire)