At Standing Ovations VI, "a celebration of San Francisco style." From left: Rebecca Delgado Rottman, vice president, Community Relations & Governmental Affairs, Academy of Art University; James Lazarus, president, San Francisco Museum and Historical Society; Elisa Stephens, president, Academy of Art University. Photo © Aldo Carrera.

Academy of Art University President Elisa Stephens was among those honored April 18, 2013, at Standing Ovations VI, “a celebration of San Francisco style” sponsored by the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society. The evening gala, held at Mint Plaza, also featured a show of fashion designs by Academy School of Fashion students and alumni.

Each year Standing Ovations celebrates the historic achievements of those who have contributed to San Francisco’s cultural heritage. Historic Contributions Awards are made for, in the Museum and Historical Society’s words, “the people that bring fashion to the people of San Francisco.” A Rising Star Award is also granted to an emerging talent from the world of fashion design or retail. This year’s event was conducted at the city’s Old Mint, the future site of the San Francisco Museum at the Mint.

The evening gala featured a show of design by Academy School of Fashion students and alumni. Above and below: photos © Aldo Carrerra.
In addition to the Stephens family, others honored April 18 were Wilkes Bashford, Levi Strauss & Co., Macy’s, the Sockolov Family and Sara Shepherd, a 2005 BFA graduate of the Academy School of Fashion, who received the Rising Star Award in recognition of her successful fashion career.
Fashion designer Sara Shepherd, a 2005 graduate of the Academy of Art University's School of Fashion, received the Rising Star Award. Photo © Aldo Carrera.
An accompanying exhibition in the Old Mint titled San Francisco Style, showcasing fashion in San Francisco throughout history, opened to the public April 20, 2013.
An accompanying exhibition at the Old Mint is titled "San Francisco Style." Photo © Aldo Carrera.

The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society is the focal point for discovering the history of the Bay Area, including the creation and ongoing operation of a world class museum in San Francisco’s Old Mint. This National Historic Landmark at Fifth and Mission Streets will be transformed into the San Francisco Museum at the Mint where visitors can experience the stories that shaped San Francisco through state-of-the-art interactive exhibits. The museum will also contain exhibits on American money and the Gold Rush and provide a rich educational experience. The project has entered its second phase, a $60 million campaign to complete design and construction.

Learn more about the event at Fashion School Daily.

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