Recent Graduates of the Academy of Art University School of Fashion Debut Collections During Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
The Academy of Art University School of Fashion showcased the
Spring 2008 collections of recent graduates during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in a fashion show on
Saturday, September 8, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. in The Tent in Bryant Park, Sixth Avenue at 41st Street in
New York City.
The Academy promotes its fashion design, textile design and
knitwear design graduates with a fashion show of this magnitude to premier the young designers’
debut collections to an audience of local, national and international media, fashion industry,
retail, and HR executives, recruiters, and designers.
“Part of our commitment to the graduate designers is to help
launch their careers and have their collections seen by as many industry people as possible,” said
Dr. Elisa Stephens, President of Academy of Art University.
“Debuting the collections during New York Fashion Week makes sense as the
national and international fashion community is in town at that time.”
“The University has shown annually since September 2005,” added
Dr. Stephens. “We will increase our graduate profile by showing twice a year beginning with
February 2008 New York Fashion Week.”
Some highlights from the show:
Kyung Min Kim, MFA Textiles and Fashion Design
Kyung Min premiered her textile work during New York Fashion Week
in September 2006 when she collaborated on a collection with MFA Fashion Designer Mari
This year, Kyung Min has designed her own collection of simple
shapes, which act like canvases for her textile work inspired by fairy tales from her
Kyung Min is from Geoje Island, South Korea.
Kathryn Scully, MFA Knitwear Design
Kathryn has created a collection of beachwear with bikinis,
cover-ups and sweaters based on her family vacations to the Atlantic Coast.
Kathryn is from Muster, Indiana.
MinSun Lee, MFA Knitwear and Fashion Design
MinSun’s collection is inspired by Russian Matryoshka dolls.
Also referred to as nesting dolls, these wooden figurines nestle inside one
Different styles have various names but the Matryoshka style was identifiable
by its small dots.
MinSun is from Seoul, South Korea.
Andrea Vance, MFA Textile and Fashion Design
Andrea’s silhouettes are based on Japanese kites. Among the most
spectacular in the world, a traditional kite consists of a bamboo or wooden frame with paper
painted in bold motifs from legendary war heroes to geometric patterns.
Andrea’s textile designs were inspired by blown up images of
basket and bamboo weaving.
Andrea is from San Carlos, California.
This collection is a collaboration between a fashion designer and
a textile designer.
James Yoest, MFA Fashion Design
James has created a collection from organic, conventional and
reused fabrics, including a parachute.
James is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Sharon Yeh, MFA Textile Design
Sharon was inspired by the rhythm of San Francisco.
Sharon is from Taipei, Taiwan and lives in San Mateo,
Haa Cheng Thai, MFA Fashion Design
Kirigami, the Japanese art of paper folding and cutting, inspired
Haa Cheng, shown through her shapes, folds, and laser-cut fabrics.
Haa Cheng is from Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, a suburb of the capital
Yi-Ting ‘Maxim’ Lee, MFA Knitwear Design
Maxim was inspired by JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, a manga written
and illustrated by Hirohiko Araki.
The Japanese comic is famous for its original art style, over-the-top violence,
intricate plot and rock music references.
Maxim is from Taipei, Taiwan.
Kenneth Ning, BFA Menswear Design
Kenneth premiered his first menswear collection at the April ’07
San Francisco show where he received so much noteworthy attention that the School of Fashion
decided to showcase his menswear in New York.
So that the collections would not be identical, Kenneth has
produced additional looks for the New York show.
Kenneth was inspired by the
Champion Italian Soccer Team, Forza Azzurri
Kenneth was born in China and raised in Oakland, CA.
All fashion illustrations for this story were created by Danny
Roberts, online BFA, Fashion Illustration. Danny is from Fresno, CA.
here to read more about online fashion student Danny