School of Fashion at Academy of Art University Recognized as Top Global Design Talents in CFDA+ 2017

Seven Graduates from the School of Fashion at Academy of Art University Recognized as Top Global Design Talents in CFDA+ 2017

The School of Fashion is pleased to share that the Council of Fashion Designe

rs of America (CFDA) has released the CFDA+ 2017 Talent Book which identifies the top design graduates from around the world. The CFDA+ 2017 list spotlights 4

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, 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 graduates selected 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.

photos by Vince Aung

photos by Danielle Rueda

website, and Instagram


BFA Textile Design
Taipei-born, Los Angeles-based textile designer Peggy Kuo currently resides in San Francisco where she recently graduated from the Academy of Art University with a BFA in Textile Design.
Her textile work is eclectic, ranging from printmaking to mixed media with a focus on bespoke/custom print and surface design.
Kuo has interned for BCBGMAXAZRIA, Pottery Barn, and Old Navy.
Her design mentality and ethos is to always be curious, aware, and appreciative of the culture, community, and environment around us.
To that end, the concept of her textile thesis collection and collaboration is “Colors of India: A Contemporary Interpretation.”
Kuo’s textile designs and prints for this collection were all hand-drawn and original with a modern twist inspired by the organic lines and repetitive nature of contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama.


BFA Fashion Design
Womenswear designer Aastha Shah, who hails from India and is currently based in California, is a recent graduate from Academy of Art University with a BFA in Fashion Design.
Shah focuses on design construction, textile prints, embroidery and art directing for collections.
Her experience includes working with local Indian designers, collaborating with social workers in workshops and enhancing art direction for kids.
She currently works as a striving artist and researcher with aims to become an established designer and creator of a space and an experience.

Photos by Randy Brooke


 MFA Textile Design
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.

website, and Instagram


BFA Textile Design
Japanese textile designer Christina Miyagi recently graduated from Academy of Art University with a BFA in Textile Design and an AA in Fashion design at Tokyo Designer Gakuin.
She has experience working as an assistant vintage clothing buyer, remake designer, and translator for Hanjiro (Japan).
Miyagi also participated in the al Fashion Future Graduate Showcase, as well as in the Academy of Art Spring Show, placing 3rd for her print-making.


BFA Fashion Design
Womenswear designer Erika Tompkins graduated from The Academy of Art University with a BFA in Fashion Design.
The fundamental aspects within her design mission revolve around achieving excellence through simplistic and classic garments, with a twist.
Her thesis concept combined themes of real versus surreal by means of copying existing garments in order to provoke sustainable thought.
The Portland, Oregon native, who now resides in New York, began her career as a fellow at Kenneth Cole Productions, and recently received the CFDA/ Kenneth Cole Footwear Innovation Award.
Tompkins also participated in the inaugural Fashion Future Graduate Showcase and was a finalist for the CFDA/ Teen Vogue Scholarship in partnership with Target.


MFA Fashion Design

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.



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