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Academy Fashion Show 2006 Honors Some of the Most Famous Men of Fashion

On Wednesday, May 24th 2006, the Academy of Art University in San Francisco honored the ‘Men of Fashion’ and presented the School of Fashion graduate collections of the Class of 2006 in the historical Morgan Auditorium. President Dr. Elisa Stephens hosted the occasion and presented honorary doctorates to Alexander McQueen, Christophe Girard, Robert L. Mettler, and Wilkes Bashford. In addition to receiving their honors, these noted ‘Men of Fashion’ selected graduate stars for internships and honors.

Alexander McQueen and Dr. Elisa Stephens

Alexander McQueen, celebrated fashion designer, whose numerous awards include CFDA International Designer of the Year and Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty the Queen, received his honorary doctorate and thanked our own Simon Ungless, Director of Graduate Fashion, as Ungless collaborated with McQueen on eight collections before joining the Academy of Art University. "I think I owe a lot of thanks to Simon Ungless who I was at St. Martins with," said McQueen. "We studied together at St. Martins about 15 years ago. We actually started off working on prints. I am a bit jet lagged but it's worth it. I'm just very honored."

Alexander McQueen and Ji Won Ree

photo from Ji Won Ree’s collectionAlexander McQueen chose three graduates to intern with him in his London studio for three months. They are BFA Knitwear Design Graduate Ji Won Ree, BFA Fashion Design Graduate Alexandra Armstrong Igleheart, and BFA Fashion Design Graduate Stephanie Weaver.

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.

M. Girard chose BFA Knitwear Design Graduate Yan Li Zhu to intern for three months in Paris working at Louis Vuitton women’s RTW with fashion designer Marc Jacobs.

M. Girard also selected three graduates based on their portfolios that he viewed during the Static Exhibition before the show and whose collections were not on the runway to also intern at LVMH in Paris. He announced to the audience and the three graduates that he would "have to find a way" but would "work it out for 2007."

Christophe Girard and Yan Li Zhu

photo from Yan Li Zhu’s CollectionThe three are:

  • Pablo Fernandez, a MFA Fashion & Knitwear Design graduate who will showcase his graduate menswear collection with his fellow MFA graduates during September 2006 New York Fashion Week in the IMG / 7th on Sixth Bryant Park Tents.
  • Adrian Chang, BFA Fashion Design graduate.
  • Soraruk Tikaphanya, BFA Fashion Design graduate.

Robert L. Mettler, Chairman and CEO of Macy’s West, is a 30-year retailing veteran who 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.

Mr. Mettler chose collections to be showcased in the 24th Annual Macy’s Passport Fashion Extravaganza: 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 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."

Robert L. Mettler and Dr. Elisa Stephens

Jewelry Collaboration ProjectMr. Mettler chose the following graduate collections for Macy's Passport:

  • Jung-Eun 'Jay' Kim, MFA Fashion and Knitwear
  • Jaleh Naasz, MFA Fashion Design
  • Heather Guevarra, BFA Fashion Design
  • The Jewelry Collaboration Project 2006 which is a collaborative project between MFA Fashion Designer graduates and BFA Fine Art Sculpture graduates:
    • Chrystal Powell, BFA Fine Art Sculpture
    • Patty Chan, MFA Fashion Merchandising
    • Meryl Pataky, BFA Fine Art Sculpture
    • Tilla Abbit, MFA Fashion Design
    • Channing Bui, MFA Fashion Design
    • Kyung Min Kim, MFA Fashion Design
    • Tara Shannahan, MFA Fashion Design
    • Soo Jung Sung, MFA Fashion Design
    • Andrea Vence, MFA Fashion Design
    • James Donald Yoest, MFA Fashion Design

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 for Italian Menswear in America and the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame.

After viewing BFA Fashion Design Graduate Yana Galbshtein’s collection of wearable elegance, Mr. Bashford chose her to intern at KITON in Naples, Italy for three months where she will work in both men’s and womenswear.

Wilkes Bashford and Yana Galbshtein

Jewelry Collaboration ProjectMr. Bashford also selected collections to showcase in his flagship store at 375 Sutter Street for a two-week period. This honor is from the man who is credited with introducing Ralph Lauren to the West Coast. Graduate collections included those of:

  • Yan Li Zhu, BFA Knitwear Design graduate.
  • Anna Arguello, BFA Fashion Design graduate.
  • Marlene Pixley, BFA Textile Design graduate.
  • Jung-Eun 'Jay' Kim, MFA Fashion and Knitwear graduate.
  • Ji Won Ree, BFA Knitwear Design graduate.
  • Brooke Murphy, BFA Fashion Design, who collaborated with Olga Henry, BFA Knitwear Design.
  • Abigail McCannon, BFA Fashion Design graduate.
  • Alexandra Armstrong Igleheart, BFA Fashion Design graduate.
  • Yana Galbshtein, BFA Fashion Design graduate.

Also handing out awards was Nordstrom’s Linda Marie Tiliano who introduced the Nordstrom Product Group Design Internship Program winners. All three are from the Academy of Art University. The competition entailed forecasting future RTW trends by analyzing Haute Couture. The winners are:

  • Yoshimi Fukazawa, MFA Fashion Design, who will be designing for Halogen, a Nordstrom private label womenswear brand aimed towards a younger customer.
  • Laila Ghorban, BFA Fashion Design, who will be designing for Caslon, a Nordstrom private label womenswear brand.
  • Joon Pak, BFA Fashion Design, who will be designing accessories.

In addition to our noted ‘Men of Fashion’, Dr. Elisa Stephens also led the ‘First Decade’ celebration of Gladys Perint Palmer as Executive Director of the School of Fashion. "Under Gladys Perint Palmer's direction," says Dr. Stephens, "the School of Fashion has reached a level of excellence second to none."

Dr. Stephens read and presented the Proclamation from the Mayor’s Office of San Francisco declaring May 24th, 2006 as Gladys Perint Palmer Day.

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 1860. Fashion People, her book of drawings and irreverent captions, was published by Assouline (2003). She is presently working on her second book. She has worked for The New York Times, Vogue, The New Yorker, Neiman Marcus, Versace, Oscar de la Renta, Chanel, Fendi, Dior, Missoni, as well as San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner and The Los Angeles Times.

Gladys Perint Palmer and Dr. Elisa StephensWilkes Bashford had his 375 Sutter Street storefront windows displaying her illustrations leading up to the show. "Under the guidance of Gladys Perint Palmer," noted Wilkes, "the School of Fashion at the Academy of Art University has gained world-wide reputation for excellence."

Other attendees included Gene Krell, International Fashion Director of Conde Nast Asia; Rosalie Huang, Editor at Large of Vogue China and Vogue Taiwan; Parisian retailer Maria Luisa Poumaillou; Monica Schweiger of Women’s Wear Daily, former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, Jeanne Beker of Fashion Television; Christine Suppes and Sedef Kokcuoglu of FashionLines who later hosted the evening’s after-party at Post Rio.

Coverage appeared in Women’s Wear Daily, Fashion Wire Daily, Vogue Online UK, Yahoo! News, Associated Press, California Apparel News, Russian L’Officiel and Worth Global Style Network, among others.

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