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Graduates Show Fall Collections at NY Fashion Week in Bryant Park

Eight Academy of Art University School of Fashion graduates unveiled their Fall Collections at the highly anticipated Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week in Bryant Park. The only school invited to participate in the event; Academy of Art University has showcased graduate collections during fashion week since 2005.

This season, one menswear and five womenswear collections from the Fashion Design, Textile Design and Knitwear Design programs were presented in The Tent at Bryant Park. “The University views this opportunity as part of its commitment to help launch the careers of its graduates,“ said Dr. Elisa Stephens, President of the University. “In addition, we create team projects and collaborative collections to help prepare these designers for the industry they are about to enter. Three such collaborations will be  shown this season.”

Graduates Featured in The Tent 

Qianya Martin, Fashion & Knitwear Design   

A native of Southern California, Qianya developed her knitwear collection watching the flares, ripples and repetition of the ocean and tide pools on Agate Beach in Bolinas, California. She introduced sheer fabric as the ocean has no embellishments, no make-up and nothing to hide. “My collection is about tuning in to the purest nature of yourself and just being accepted for the beauty of who and what you are.” 

Heather Howard, Fashion Design & Cat Janky, Textile Design
Heather drew from her upbringing in Portland, Oregon where hiking, backpacking, sciences and arts were important to her family. Early environmentalists John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt inspired her  eco-friendly collection. Cat’s figurative and sometimes-macabre prints are based on photographs of American life in the late 1800s. She also created a modern play on traditional silkscreen prints of stripes, checks and polka dots. Cat is from Omaha, Nebraska. 
Scott McFarland, Fashion & Knitwear Design  

Scott translated his skills as a formally trained sculptor to knitwear design. His experience with three-dimensional shapes, texture and color led him to experiment with knitting techniques. He made his own yarn by cutting lace fabric into strips and hand-knitting them to create the heavier knits for his coats. From Little Rock, Arkansas, Scott was inspired by Art Deco patterns, metal work, architecture and the androgynous styles from the 1920s.
I-Shan Liou, Fashion & Knitwear Design
Myoung Hee Kim, Textile Design
I-Shan was born and raised in Changhua, Taiwan. Her collection’s silhouette, color story and irreverent use of soft luxurious angora yarn was inspired by the mood of Sam Francis’ paintings of earth, water, air and fire Myoung Hee hand painted her bright designs onto paper; heat transferred them onto chiffon and then bonded to I-Shan’s knitted fabrics. She also hand painted rice paper and bonded the paper to the knits. Myoung Hee was born in Seoul, South Korea where she spent most of her childhood before moving to British Columbia, Canada.

Emily Melville, Fashion Design & Ivanka Georgieva, Textile Design 

Emily was born in Connecticut and raised in California and Virginia.  She developed her silhouettes by draping wool fabric on a dress form to experiment three-dimensionally and then used creative cutting techniques to construct unconventional shapes. Ivanka used a combination of screen-print, dye, iron, and pigment  discharge to recreate the look of landscape paintings inspired by the work of artist Leslie Shows. Ivanka was born and raised in Pernik, Bulgaria.

New York Fashion Week in San Francisco

Academy of Art University students, instructors and staff took pause to view the show in San Francisco via a live webcast. “We participate in New York Fashion Week twice a year, and the fashion graduates never cease to amaze with their spectacular collections. Our presence at the show sets Academy of Art University apart from every other fashion school in the world. We’re all proud to be a part of that,” said Dr. Stephens.

Watch the webcast.


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