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Fashion and the Future at the Academy of Art University

The Academy of Art University has been a part of San Francisco culture since the year 1929. Created by artists for artists, it is the only school of its kind. The school was started by the creative director of Sunset magazine, Richard Stephens. Richard’s vision was to support artists for professional careers. He believed artists should be trained by other professional artists.

The academy has grown from its first class of 45 students. It now educates 18,000 students in art and design. Students get the benefit of the Academy’s inclusive admissions policy when applying. Some of its majors include: acting, animation, art history, fine art and illustration.

Among the areas of study, fashion is important for the school. On September 9, 2017 the Academy’s School of Fashion held its 21st runway showcase, showing off 10 of their fashion students. The showcase was hosted in Skylight Clarkson Square. Famous members from America’s Next Top Model and the Council of Fashion Designers of America were in the audience.

Many of the students this year come from different states and countries. Their backgrounds influenced craftsmanship, theme and material choice. A few of the MFA and BFA fashion design student favorites were:

  • Hailun Zhou created garments from vinyl, PVC and her own unique fabrics she made.
  • Eden Slezin used denim as well as recycled rubber bike tubes for his collection.
  • Dina Marie Lam had a collection dedicated to creating a warm feel.
  • Carlos Rodriguez focused on different embroidery styles.
  • Saya Shen was inspired by landscapes. She created silhouettes from her own photos and printed on the fabric.
  • Joanna Jadalla focused on wool, cashmere, knits and more.
  • Cana Klebanoff created a collection inspired by Japanese samurai.

With the growth of programs like fashion design, the Academy is expanding to include digital arts in more recent years. They have graduate and undergraduate programs in media and digital production. They also have a unique online program. Higher learning degrees in both fine arts and design are available anywhere there is an internet connection.

 

Fabletics vs Amazon is Really a Duel Between Kate Hudson and Jeff Bezos

Fabletics is moving up as one of the most successful companies for women that are looking for athletic clothing. This is not a coincidence. It appears that people are starting to take interest in Fabletics because it is a company that is changing everything that people may have formally known about athletic clothing. In the past people may have assumed that athletic clothing was only for the gym or working out at home. Kate Hudson and her team have actually put together garments that are part of the Fabletics lineup that is referred to as athleisurewear. This means that this clothing line can be worn inside the gym as well as out to brunch or -in some cases – the work environment. This is something that is still new and Innovative, and Kate Hudson seems to have the market on lock when it comes to appealing to the millennial crowd.

 

It is just a matter of time when it comes to the way that his brand is able to build up a strong legacy where Kate Hudson can actually compete against bigger companies like Amazon. She is already known in entertainment circles because she has spent years as an actress in movies like “Almost Famous,” but now she has another mindset and another passion. It is true that Kate Hudson still does movie roles, and one of her most recent movies was “Marshall,” but her main goal right now is the expansion of Fabletics. This is where she has put her focus, and this is where she is making her time count.

 

She has become young athletic clothing mogul that wants to change the way that women shop when it comes to athletic clothing. She wants them to have the ability to confidently go online or walk into one of the Fabletics stores and get the clothing that they want and need. This is an opportunity for her to maximize her exposure and ignite conversations about the evolution of athletic clothing.

 

Kate has been able to do this because she has been adamant about staying on top of new trends. This is what makes her fierce competition for Jeff Bezos and his Amazon athletic clothing environment. Jeff is one of those types of entrepreneurs that has an e-commerce site that is able to sell anything. This makes him a serious threat, but Kate competes easier by forcing on athletic clothing.