1 global talents selected from 24 leading fashion institutions.
Out of the 41 designers chosen, seven were graduates from the School of Fashion at Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. From the global community of invited colleges, Academy of Art University had the most talent included in CFDA+ 2017.
This recognition from the CFDA highlights the placement of Academy o
f Art University and the City of San Francisco on the international fashion stage.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. (CFDA) is a not-for-profit trade
association whose membership consists of more than 500 of America’s foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry and accessory designers.
With a mission to strengthen the impact of American fashion in the global economy, the CFDA is devoted to supporting the overall growth of American fashion, and creates initiatives such as CFDA+ to do so.
“The CFDA and Eyes on Talents believe in pure talent,” said Sara Kozlowski, CFDA’s Director of Education + Professional Development.
“CFDA+ 2017 previews tomorrow’s industry today, from the design specialists o
f Academy of Art University, to the systems thinkers at Parsons, the avant lu
xury makers at Polimoda, the menswear of Westminster, and the masters of vision a
t the Royal College of Art.”
“The seven Academy of Art University design graduates selected for CFDA+ should be very proud of themselves,” said Simon Ungless, Executive Director of the School of Fashion at Academy of Art University.
“Their achievements are a testament to the Academy of Art University inclusive admissions policy and mission to provide students with a diverse, industry
-focused curriculum, taught by industry professionals.”
CFDA+ 2017 Design Graduates receive a one-year profile-based showcase on CFDA.com, whose profiles are visible to the CFDA Membership community of 500+ leading American designers. Additionally, the CFDA is honored to continue its collaboration with Floriane de Saint Pierre’s Paris-based Eyes on Talents, which will generously spotlight CFDA+ and provide the talent with unique global exposure.
“Eyes on Talents is once again delighted to join forces with the CFDA+ and c
ontribute to the exposure of the 41 selected graduates to help them kick-start their career,” commented Floriane de Saint Pierre, founder of Eyes on Talents.
The list of outstanding design graduatesselected for CFDA+ 2017 from the Scho
ol of Fashion at Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California includes:
MFA Textile Design
Brooklyn-based textile designer Carly Dean graduated from Academy of Art University with an MFA in Textile Design, and a BA in Studio Arts and Art History at Indiana University.
Through design, she aims to shape and expand the limits of what one expects from textiles.
For her graduate collection, Dean developed pattern through texture by treating multi-layered fabrics with a burnout technique.
She garnered work experience at Abercrombie & Fitch and currently works as a design intern at Le Studio Anthost, a Brooklyn-based textile design studio. Dean also participated in the inaugural Fashion Future Graduate Showcase.
San Francisco-based Shanghai native Fang Katy Liu recently graduated from Academy of Art University with a MFA in Textile Design and a BFA in Fine Arts at Shanghai Institute of Visual Art.
She worked as a textile designer in Shanghai for two years before she began her graduate study in San Francisco.
During her school years, Liu also participated in the industry-sponsored design competition Joy and Mario shoe project. Liu does not limit herself to explore the colors, beautiful fabric and unusual materials.
Inspired by her personal interest and stories, she truly enjoys every step of design process and shows her passion and strong dedication to the art through her work.
Womenswear designer Ryan Zhen Yu recently graduated from Academy of Art University with an MFA in Fashion Design after obtaining a BA at Tsinghua University.
His designs strive to challenge and change the “traditional and classic aesthetic” of fashion direction, and bring his customers a future modern sense. His thesis concept centered around “light that will lead everything out of darkness to the amazing future.
Yu participated at Academy of Art University’s Spring 2018 Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week.