Join us to celebrate the talented young designers as their one-of-a-kind creations make their runway debut.

Check out the video below for a behind-the-scenes look at our student designers as they prepare for the upcoming show.

Since 2005, Academy of Art University has premiered the collections of students and recent graduates during New York Fashion Week. This year, the Academy’s School of Fashion has chosen nine student designers to debut seven different thesis collections.


“We are committed to helping our students launch their careers,” says Dr. Elisa Stephens, president of the Academy. “Presenting their work to industry professionals is an incredible opportunity for student designers to debut their collections during New York Fashion Week.”

New York Fashion Show

Come to the show

Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017

Time: 9:00 PM EDT

Venue: NYFW: The Shows at Skylight Clarkson Square in Gallery I

550 Washington Street, NYC 10014

To reserve your spot, call 1-800-544-2787 now!

LIVE Webcast! New York Fashion Show 2017

Academy of Art University's Graduate Collections Webcast is just like being there. Watch live as graduate students from the School of Fashion send their collections down the runway at New York Fashion Week! The lights will dim and the show begins at 9PM (EDT), Saturday, September 9, 2017.

Meet the Designers

Be the first to know! Learn more about these incredible students and their designs prior to their debuts at New York Fashion Week!

Cana Klebanoff

BFA Fashion Design

Cana was born in Queens, NYC. Inspired by Japanese samurais, castles and nature, Klebanoff’s work communicates the idea of comfort combined with pride, or ‘wearing your crown’ with head held up high. Klebanoff interned for Joseph Domingo (2011-2014) and participated Joe’s Blackbook 2016, menswear portion.

Carlos Rodriguez Olguin

BFA Fashion Design

Carlos was born in Mexico City, Mexico and grew up in Clarksburg, CA. For this collection, he uses a mixture of hand and machine embroidery techniques to create a contemporary feel on a traditional technique. His embroidery skills shine here in this collection. Recently, Mr. Olguin interned at tech-fashion start-up Savitude.

Dina Marie Lam

MFA Fashion

Dina Marie was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, and holds a BS in Accounting from USC. Inspired by the myriad emotions surrounding her aunt’s recent passing, Ms. Lam wanted to convey a feeling of transition. She was also inspired by those who demand the best in fabric, function, and form. “The collection is simply for the dope girls,” says Lam.

Joanna Jadallah

BFA Fashion Design

Joanna was born in Chicago and raised in Orange County, CA. She holds an AA in women’s wear from The Fashion Institute. For this collection, Jadallah was inspired by the strength of her ancestors, who were born and raised in Palestine and were forced to leave everything behind. This line captures the beauty of her culture and her family.

Eden Slezin

MFA Fashion Design

Eden Slezin, MFA Fashion Design, was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and holds a BS in botany from UC Davis. Inspired by his “life and loves,” this line is a nod to reinvention and a celebration of eternal youth. From his schoolboy uniforms and the denim he wore as boy, to his Marine Corps service and his commitment to personal individuality, this collection communicates a life lived with passion.

Hailun Zhou

MFA Fashion Design

Hailun was born and raised in Qing Dao, China, and graduated from Nantong University in 2014. In this collection, Ms. Zhou was inspired by a field trip she took from San Francisco to the Oakland Museum as part of her creative concept class. The experience sparked an unstoppable passion for fashion, and a drive to create new things.

Jelly Shan

MFA Fashion Design

Jelly was born and raised in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Fashion Design and Engineering from Zhejiang Sci-Tech University. This collection is inspired by the sense of peace and joy she experienced in her recent trip to northwestern China. The religious environment, including the temples, clothing, and prayer rituals she observed there were especially interesting.

Saya Shen

MFA Fashion Design

Saya was born and raised in Beijing, China. She holds a Fashion Design degree from Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, 2013. For this collection, Ms. Shen was inspired by the many landscapes she has photographed—specifically the snow forms of Hokkaido and the topography of San Francisco.

Ryan Yu

MFA Fashion Design

Ryan was born and raised in Shenyang, Liaoning, China. He holds a BA from Tsinghua University. For this collection, Mr. Yu expresses his ideas on light, and how light will lead us from darkness. He’s also passionate about construction and the combination of leathers and woven fabrics.