The other day, I got my invite to Academy of Art University’s Fall 2012 Fashion Show in New York for the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week! I’m so ecstatic! And yes, I’m going back to New York in a few days to attend the show and I’m hoping to get more invites as NYFW gets closer. Anyway, I’ve been to Academy of Art University’s NY Fashion Shows since 2010 and have been featuring them here on My Fashion Juice since then. But in case you’re not familiar with their shows, let me give you a bit of a background.
Photographs by Bob Toy. From left to right – looks from the collections of Donghyuk Dan Kim, Xiang Zhang, Amy Bond, Jeanette Au, and Wu Di.
Since 2005, the School of Fashion has premiered the collections of recent graduates during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. “Part of our commitment to the designers is to help launch their careers and have their collections seen by as many industry professionals as possible,” said Dr. Elisa Stephens, President of Academy of Art University. “Debuting their collections during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center is an incredible opportunity, especially since the national and international fashion community are gathered in New York City during that time.” For the Fall 2012 show, there will be eight women’s wear collections and one men’s wear collection. Two of the women’s wear designers this season, Amy Bond and Farida Khan, received their M.F.A. in Fashion Design through Academy of Art University’s Online Fashion Program.
Now let me give you a quick preview of what to expect from the Academy of Art University’s Fall 2012 show!
Donghyuk Dan Kim is originally from Incheon, South Korea where he attended Kongju National University and
graduated with a B.A. in Chemical Engineering. While honing his skills as an assistant pattern maker with Bay Area designer Bacca da Silva, he earned his M.F.A. in Men’s Wear Design from the Academy of Art University.
I love the military inspiration in the pieces above. And to be honest, I can wear those pieces too for an edgy look!
Jeanette Au was born in Grand Rapids Michigan but grew up in New York City. She graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Performing Arts. She went on to receive her B.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts before coming to the Academy of Art University to pursue her M.F.A. in Knitwear Design.
Chunky knits for Fall? I’d like to see more!
Xiang Zhang is from Shanghai, China, where he received a B.F.A. in Fashion Design from the Shanghai University of Engineering Science.
I saw Xiang Zhang’s Spring 2011 collection in NY and I’m glad to see the connection from that to this collection! I love the sophistication and classy feel of these two pieces!
Wu Di was born and raised in Shen Yang in the Liao Ning province of China and earned a B.A. in Fashion Design from Shenyang Normal University.
I love the mix of gray and camel but I am more in love with the dress!
Kate Y.K. Lee hails from Seoul, South Korea. She attended Se Jong University, where she earned a B.A. in Fashion Design, before coming to the Academy of Art University where she received an M.F.A. in Fashion Design.
I love the clean look of that leather in her dress and I hope to see more of those in her collection!
Deanna Pei-Ju Lo hails from Taipei, Taiwan and graduated with a B.F.A. in Commercial and Graphic Design from Ming Chuan University. She worked as a graphic designer before coming to the Academy of Art University to pursue an M.F.A. in Fashion Design.
That blazer above sparked my curiosity. I love unexpected and unique cuts!
Jade Juanyu Liu was born and raised in Shanghai, China. She earned her B.A. in Fashion Design from Soochow University and worked as a design intern with Suzhou Temost Textile and Garment Co. as well as Guotia International Group.
Again, I love the unexpected twist in that coat! The bronze peeking through in the gray coat? I love it!
This season, aside from the designers above, two M.F.A. Fashion Design students who completed their degrees in the Online Fashion Program at Academy of Art University will present their collections.
- Amy Bond was born in Pocatello, Idaho, and grew up in Texas, Illinois, & Pennsylvania. She graduated from Stephens College with a B.A. in Fashion Design and worked as an assistant designer at St. Pucchi in Los Angeles, before starting her own clothing line in 1999. She completed her M.F.A. in Fashion Design through the Academy of Art University’s Online Fashion Program.
- Farida Khan was born in Pakistan and now lives in Doha, Qatar. She received a Higher National Diploma in Fashion Design from Edexcel BTEC and completed her M.F.A. in Fashion Design through the Academy of Art University’s Online Fashion Program.
Well, I can’t wait to see all of the pieces in person! I can’t wait for show! And if you’d like to watch the fashion show with me, the show will be streamed live at http://www.academyart.edu/fashionshow/. Make sure to save the link and the date, February 10, 2012 at 8 pm. And who knows? You might see me too! :)