Bringing 'The Magic Flute' to Life Through Costume


    Costume design student Miya Chuang served as costume designer for UC Santa Cruz’s production of The Magic Flute. Photo by Steve DiBartolomeo.

    For the second year in a row, costume design students from the Academy of Art University’s School of Fashion lent their talents to the UC Santa Cruz Opera program. 

    Thanks to an established relationship between Costume Design Production instructor Alina Bokavikova and UCSC’s Opera Director Sheila Willey, 10 Academy students helped bring Mozart’s The Magic Flute world alive on stage through costume.

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    SHOP657 Hosts First Spring Social


    Guests mingling at SHOP657’s Spring Social. Photo by Nina Tabios.

    On a sunny Friday in May, music and the chatter of conversation spilled out of SHOP657 onto Sutter Street as School of Fashion students hosted the concept store’s first ever Spring Social event. 

    Visitors enjoyed macaroons, kombucha and club tunes from DJ BabyJ of Manics while they shopped and mingled among the racks of student, alumni and faculty collections, including brands such as RAGNHILD, Sibyl of No. 17 and VoidTheBrand.

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    Q&A: Catching up With Jenny Johansson

    The School of Fashion alumna shares updates on the progress of her brand, RAGNHILD

    Ever since she enrolled at the Academy of Art University, fashion has been Jenny Johansson’s way to see the world. A 2015 School of Fashion graduate and former Art U Tennis athlete, Johansson came to San Francisco from Sweden to turn her ideas of clothing into an international business covering Paris, Bolivia and the United States. RAGNHILD originated as a project in her draping class and has since grown into a line supporting Johansson’s focus on sustainability and woman empowerment. 

    RAGNHILD revealed its latest collection in April—summer-ready garments featuring jumpsuits, dresses, tops and prints—and Academy Art U News spoke with Johansson on creating the new looks.

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    Fashion Panel Explores Inclusive Design


    (L-R) Assistant Director of Fashion Styling Flore Morton, four-time Special Olympic U. S. National Champion in gymnastics Chelsea Werner, her mother Lisa Werner, disability fashion stylist Stephanie Thomas and founder of Enlisted Design and co-founder of Urbio Bob Oyler. Photo by Bob Toy.

    Students who attended last semester’s lunchtime panel on inclusive design at 79 New Montgomery left with plenty of interesting information to digest. Academy of Art University’s School of Fashion (FSH) organized the event, which was moderated by Assistant Director of Fashion Styling Flore Morton. Before introducing the panelists, Morton asked the audience to ponder a couple of questions: “Is good design always designing for the same few? Or is it designing for people in many different groups, including people with disabilities?”

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    Creative visions come to life for the 2018 Graduation Fashion Show in inspirational, sustainable collections

    Utopia and dystopia, light and dark, old and new—the 2018 Graduation Fashion Show was an exploration of contrasts. The large warehouse at 2225 Jerrold, which usually hosts the entire Academy of Art University Spring Show, was transformed and filled to capacity. Fashion industry insiders, socialites, influencers, local and international press were treated to the unexpected sight of a long, elevated runway constructed from a combination of metal scaffolding and recycled wood beams. 

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    Showcasing Individualism in Design

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    Family, friends and special guests at the Portfolio Review got a firsthand look at the designers’ work on display. Photo by Randy Brooke.

    Every spring, the School of Fashion at the Academy of Art University hosts its annual Graduation Fashion Show and Portfolio Review, but year-to-year, no two events are alike. 

    For 2018, the student portfolios exhibited a celebration of individualism. As School of Fashion Director Gary Miller said, “Every design student is completely unique. They’re showing the best of their individual design abilities. It’s not that it’s a different class, it’s every student has their own unique message they’re trying to show.”

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