New York Fashion Week is a yearly venue that honors the fashion apparel of the best and most promising of newcomers to the fashion scene. It is put on by the Academy of Art University, which held it 21st runway showcase on September 9, 2017. In all seven collections were on display: five womenswear and two menswear. The designers featured came from all over the world, from China to Maine. The audience including many of the top names in the fashion industry, including a few living legends.
The runway show lasts only about 15 minutes but was preceded by hours and hours of preparation. They were also 15 minutes that displayed some of the finest work of designers who will dramatically shape the fashion landscape of the future. The designers featured include Hailun Zhou, Eden Slezin, Dina Lam who collaborated with Carlos Rodriguez, SayaShen, JoannaJadellah who collaborated with Cana Klebanoff, Ryan Yu, and Jelly Shan. The Academy of Art University has been an imperative part of the international art community since it opened in 1929.
At that time it was entirely dedicated to advertising art. It was led by Richard S. Stephens until 1951. From that time until 1992 it was led by his son, Richard A. Stephens. In 1992, he left and was replaced by his daughter, Elisa Stephens, who continues to lead the institution. Under her leadership, the number of students at the school has grown astronomically. RAAU currently boasts 283 full-time teachers, 1154 part-time teachers, and around 12,600 students. It is said that about 58% of these students are female. The school has funded and hosted New York Fashion Week biannually since 2005. In 2007 it received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The leadership of the school remains very optimistic about its future.