Academy Of Art University If Preparing Us For The Future Of Fashion

The fashion industry is one of the most lucrative industries in the world. Every year, fashion lovers, models, and aspiring designers all come together to share their love of fashion and learn about the latest trends. New York Fashion Week is one of the most highly anticipated events in the world of fashion. On September 9th, 2017, The Academy of Art University held its 21st annual runway show in honor of fashion week. Ten recent graduates from the schools BFA and MFA programs each had the chance to place some of their best work in front of some of the worlds most successful designers.

Formerly Academy of Advertising Art, the Academy of Art University was founded by painter and magazine writer, Richard J. Stephens in 1929. In 1951, Stephens son took over, later passing the torch to his daughter, Elisa Stephens. Under her leadership, the school’s student body increased tremendously by 2012. Currently, there are more than 12,500 students enrolled at the university, who is one of the largest landowners in the San Fransisco area. The school offers more than twenty different degree programs at the associates, bachelors, and masters degree level.

Academy of Art University is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and also holds their very own automobile museum. Featuring some of the worlds most valuable vintage rides, the Academy of Art University Automobile Museum has a collection valued at over $70 million. The museum serves as both a bridge to the past for automobile loves and a hands-on learning tool for students enrolled in the school’s industrial design program.

At the Academy of Art University, experienced artist act as mentors to help thriving artist reach their full potential. Whether you’re just starting out, or already on your way, they are completely committed to each students success. Their no barrier admissions policy makes it possible for anyone with a desire to succeed and willingness to learn a great candidate any one of their creative programs.

Chris Burch On The Fusion of Fashionable Technology

As the world revolves, fashion and technology have evolved. A part of this natural progression has been the fusion of fashion trends with technological advances. Christopher Burch, veteran fashion retailer and owner of Burch Creative Capital, discusses what kind of changes have already occurred and what trends can be expected in the future; with the fashion industry merging with the technical industry.

Burch addresses the current surge of interest in wearable technology, by taking a look back at past trends. Beginning in the 1970s, he says that hip-hop culture with its big, booming beat boxes changed the way people played music. First users were content with just hearing music from local radio stations while traveling. Then starting in the 80s and 90s, there was a transition to recording personalized versions of music and creating storylines.

Before long people started dressing like breakdancers and hip-hop artists. And suddenly, it was no longer a cultural phenomenon, because quickly young people from all walks of life, thought it was fashionable to wear loose, baggy clothes and colorful emblems as everyday outfits.

Consequently, Burch says there was a further intertwining of fashion and technology, as designers sought creative expression through “Avante Garde” designs. One important influence during this time period was young Dutch designer, Anouk Wipprecht. Wipprecht saw the connection between fashion and technology as something to be imparted into fun, funky clothing. She went on to create a drinking making dress and a self-painting dress, as a result.

Christopher Burch is the ex-husband of successful fashion icon, Tory Burch. In 2013, he was added to Forbes’ annual list of billionaires. Burch helped launch his ex-wife’s brand in 2004. But, he is a man of many different hats; a serial entrepreneur with several companies, including a preppy retail outlet, the wireless charging solution, Powermat, an office store, which sells outlandish and unusual office supplies, and he owns several properties with homes in the Hamptons, Indonesia, and Nantucket Island.

At first glance, Burch looks like a “gentle” man of leisure. He has maintained an active interest in the fashion world since the inception of his ex-wife’s flagship store. Not only is he involved with multiple businesses as a self-made billionaire; he also has two adult daughters, who recently launched their own fashion businesses. In addition to his entrepreneurial endeavors, Christopher Burch also continues to author numerous articles, related to fashion, business and creativity.