On Friday, September 11th, eight designers from the School of Fashion at Academy of Art University presented their thesis collections at New York Fashion Week. The Spring 2016 show marked the 10th anniversary of the School of Fashion’s first showing at New York Fashion Week.
For the Spring 2016 season, eight designers presented six collections in a show held at The Arc, Skylight at Moynihan Station; in total, four womenswear collections and two menswear collections were shown.”
“In the decade since our first presentation at New York Fashion Week the show has gained momentum, growing in size and in the caliber of fashion professionals, designers, recruiters and media who attend,” said Dr. Elisa Stephens, President of Academy of Art University. “We are committed to helping our students launch their careers, and we are honored to give students a platform of this magnitude to present their work as fashion industry professionals.”
The School of Fashion first presented collections at New York Fashion Week in September 2005, showing annually from 2005 to 2007. To give more students the opportunity to show their collections in New York, in 2008 the School of Fashion expanded its Fashion Week presence and began showing both Spring and Fall collections, a practice it has continued ever since.
“This season’s designers have created collections that are concentrated on minimalism, tending to the contour and structure of the garments,” said Simon Ungless, Executive Director of the School of Fashion. “They have shifted their focus away from embellishment and on to the purity of the silhouette by the craft in which they shape and proportion the clothes. This type of constructive tailoring is an inventive way to appreciate the human figure, which elevates the nature and art of their designs.”