Some of the students went for a futuristic look using vinyl and PCV and fabrics fused together. One student was Haliun Zhou from Qing Dao, China. Eden Slezin combined vinatge denim using organic denim in his design. His design also used recycled rubber bike tubes for sustainability.
Dina Marie Lamb used her emotions about her aunt’s death as part of her design. She wanted to convey a feeling of change. She used soft and luxury materials that conveyed warmth.
Carlos Rodriquez from Mexico City used a combination of machine and hand embroidery in his designs. He interned at fashion startup where he designed knitwear. He used wool blends in his designs to promote comfort and warmth.
Saya Shen from Beijing China uses images of natures scenes and transferred her scenes onto the fabric of the material. She worked with Kornit Digital to achieve this effect of snow forms, natural images, and ocean waves.
Joanna Jadallah used her admiration of her ancestors who were forced to leave Palestine and leave all their belonging behind. Her fabric used wool,lambskin leather, and brocades. Many of these student were given awards for their work.
The Academy of Art University offers a BFA in Fashion. Student can choose from eight different fashion degrees. They are Fashion Marketing, Fashion Marketing Design, Fashion Merchandising, Fashion Product Development, Fashion Styling, Fashion Visual Styling, and Textile Design (https://www.linkedin.com/edu/academy-of-art-university-19943).
The MFA in the School of Fashion focuses on hands on work in design, merchandising, knitwear, and textiles. Students focus on creating their own unique collection and style of design.