When we think about the different backgrounds of our esteemed designers themselves, who hail from such far-flung locales as China to Maine, as well as many places in between, the audience was duly impressed. Famous attendees included Ms. J Alexander, of America’s Next Top Model fame, and the well-regarded Sara Kozlowski, who directs the Education and Professional Development Program at CFDA. For a brief fifteen minutes on the runway, participants were asked to put in hours of training and practice, including workshops, formal coursework, work practicums, and unexpected changes in the schedule. Finally, the designers were given the chance to show off their ideas for the future in front of an audience made up of other designers, possible mentors, and the entire planet via streaming video.
Previously known as Academy of Art College, The Academy of Art University, located in San Francisco, was founded in 1929. As the largest independent art and design institute in America, it boasts a faculty of nearly three-hundred, with over a thousand staff members and just over twelve-thousand full-time students. It was founded by Mr. Richard S. Stephens. Its campus, on New Montgomery Street, is known to have one of the largest properties in the San Francisco area.
The university is owner of some two hundred vintage automobiles, and its collection includes the most valuable and rarely seen cars in the world. Forbes has in fact estimated that the collection is worth more than seventy million dollars.
The Urban Knights compete in the Pacific West Conference. In NCAA Division II, the Knights compete successfully in nine sports. Cross-country is especially well-regarded, with men earning second place during the 2014 to 2015 season, and women reaching fourth place, a record at the time. The university also shows strongly in track and field, with seven All-Americans and Jordan Edwards as an individual champion in 2015.