Academy Honors the Men of Fashion
On Wednesday, May 24th, 2006, the Academy of Art University in San Francisco will honor the Men
of Fashion and present the collections of the Class of 2006 in the historical Morgan Auditorium.
Dr. Elisa Stephens, the University's President, will host the occasion and present
honorary doctorates to the following:
Wilkes Bashford, the man "who made Sutter Street" with his successful flagship
store, is hailed by
Esquire as "The Most Important Men's Fashion Specialist in the Country." His awards
include: Cutty Sark Award for the Best Men's Store; Uomo Moda Collections Award, Italian Menswear
in America; and the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame.
Christophe Girard, Deputy Mayor of Paris responsible for culture and Director of
Fashion Strategy of the LVMH Fashion Group, one of the biggest fashion conglomerates
internationally, is also an award-winning producer of documentaries, a tireless AIDS activist,
Greenpeace member, and even lived in our beloved city of San Francisco in 1977.
Alexander McQueen, celebrated fashion designer, whose numerous awards include
International Designer of the Year by the CFDA and 'A Most Excellent Commander of The British
Empire' (CBE) by Her Majesty the Queen.
Simon Ungless, Director of Graduate Fashion, collaborated with McQueen on eight
collections before joining the University.
Robert L. Mettler, Chairman and CEO of Macy's West, is a 30-year retailing veteran
who has served as Sears, Roebuck & Co.'s President of Merchandising for all full-line stores,
President and CEO of Robinson's in Los Angeles, as well as in various positions with Allied Stores
Corporation and May Department Stores Company.
Dr. Elisa Stephens would also like to celebrate the First Decade of Gladys Perint Palmer as
Executive Director of the School of Fashion. "In the last ten years, under Gladys Perint Palmer's
watch," says Dr. Stephens, "the School of Fashion has reached a level of excellence beyond anyone's
expectations, anywhere in the world."
Gladys is a highly respected journalist and illustrator who covers the European collections for
many publications. In 1998,
The Fashion Book (Phaidon Press) named her one of 500 people of influence in fashion since
Fashion People, her book of drawings and irreverent captions, was published in 2003 by
Assouline and she is presently working on her second book.
"Under the guidance of Gladys Perint Palmer," notes Wilkes Bashford, "the School of Fashion at
the Academy of Art University has a gained world-wide reputation for excellence."
Some highlights of the School of Fashion include:
- Chosen by 7th on Sixth / IMG as the first and only school to show in the Bryant Park Tents
during New York Fashion Week in September 2005.
- The cover of
Women's Wear Daily (WWD) on May 25, 2004.
- Alumni working for Azzedine Alaïa, Banana Republic, Burberry, Oscar de la Renta, Marc Jacobs,
Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Martin Margiela, Missoni, Alexander McQueen, Nike, Jeremy
Scott, Martine Sitbon, Carla Sozzani's 10 Corso Como, Viktor & Rolf, Diane Von Furstenberg, and
- On April 6, 2006, the CFDA Scholarship Committee
chose ten winners for this year's Scholarship Program. Our
own MFA Fashion and Knitwear student Min Sun Lee won the $10,000 grand prize, Neda Odabasi (BFA
Fashion) and Marie Potesta (MFA Knitwear Design) won $3,000, and Lisa Chang (BFA Fashion) received
an Honorable Mention.
- Invited back to the Bryant Park Tents for New York Fashion Week this September 2006.
- Invited to show for the first time in Shanghai and Beijing with the student collections touring
China for the month of October 2006.
After the Fashion Show,
Robert Mettler will announce which collections will be showcased in the 24th
Annual Passport: an evening of fashion and compassion to be held in both San Francisco from
September 19-21 and Los Angeles on September 28 and 29. Passport has raised nearly $22 million to
date. This is the School of Fashion's 2nd year of involvement.
"At Macy's, we're always looking for what's new and fresh in fashion" says Mettler. "We're proud
to support the School of Fashion's up-and-coming young designers, who exemplify the creativity and
innovation that Macy's encourages and personify the future of fashion. These students pour their
hearts into their work, and will go on to do great things in the exciting world of fashion."
On Thursday, April 20, 2006, The Honorable Bertrand Delanoë, Mayor of Paris,
toured the School of Fashion and was honored at a luncheon
given by Dr. Elisa Stephens and Gladys Perint Palmer, where he addressed attendees such as the 41st
Mayor of San Francisco Willie Lewis Brown Jr. and celebrated author Danielle Steel, and stated that
the "Academy of Art University is the most prestigious school and the fashion department is the
most famous in the United States."
The Academy of Art University School of Fashion graduates are industry-ready with a confidence
born of creative verve with a true, hands-on, practical capability. Both MFA and BFA programs blend
a European approach to the design process with the reality of consumer needs. The Academy of Art
University has an open enrollment policy, yet tests and pushes its students in one of the toughest
fashion degree programs in the world.
The School of Fashion takes pride in its training regimen and approach to technique. The
impressive textile and knitwear studios encourage majors to collaborate with the fashion design
majors, resulting in great examples of teamwork and stunningly engineered prints ranging from
chiffon to deerskin. Fashion Design, Textile and Knitwear majors are encouraged to explore and
expand their creative design ideas and must prove their technical, cutting, draping, pattern,
sewing and fitting skills as well.
For more information on our Fashion program, please visit our
Fashion School pages.