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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 1860. 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 Louis Vuitton.
  • 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.


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