'Dior and I': The Documentary We've All Been Waiting For

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    Dior atelier observe the collection sketches. Courtesy of Dogwoof.

    Candid, vulnerable and sincere. Frédéric Tcheng delivers a compelling feature-length documentary powerfully merging the prominent French haute couture designer, the revolutionary Christian Dior, with the new to couture Raf Simons who is described by Tcheng as “an uncanny reincarnation of Dior himself.”

    Dior and I takes the viewer on an eight-week journey to the runway revealing the creative process, artistic direction and the unknowingly necessary attention to Dior’s heritage-filled atelier.

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    Keanan Duffty Guest Lectures on Licensed Products and Collaborations at UC Hastings College of Law

    On March 31, the Senior Director of Fashion Merchandising at Academy of Art University Keanan Duffty led a guest lecture for the IP in design class held at UC Hastings College of Law in San Francisco. During his talk, Duffty discussed licensed products and collaborations, using distinctive humor and sharing personal experiences to emphasize the importance of brand protection.

    British fashion designer, Central Saint Martin’s graduate, member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and punk rocker, Duffty has had some very recognizable collaborators—David Bowie, Reebok and Aveda for instance. Duffty’s apparel has been worn by the masses and sold everywhere in stores from Target to Bloomingdales and Barney’s to Bergdorf Goodman. His shoes have encased the feet of Reebok fans and his signature fragrance has scented the necks of Aveda fanatics.


    Keanan Duffty, Senior Director of Fashion Merchandising, with Professor Dana Beldiman of UC Hastings. Photo by Jeanie Walsh.

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    Bonjour: Catching Up with the 2014 Paris Fashion Exchange Students


    Jordan Rae Epstein. Photo by Rob Curry.


    Yuko Okudaira. Photo by Rob Curry.


    José Dojaquez. Photo by Rob Curry.

    Every year, a group of designers from the School of Fashion’s graduating class at Academy of Art University are granted the opportunity to share their work in front of an esteemed audience at the Graduation Fashion Show in San Francisco. From that group, a select crop of recipients are awarded the Paris Sister City Scholarship Exchange, which is a foreign exchange opportunity for student designers to study in Paris at Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne or Studio Berçot. Nine months into their year-long exchange program, 2014 Paris Sister City Scholarship Exchange students Jordan Rae Epstein (2014 B.F.A., childrenswear design), José Dojaquez (2014 B.F.A., knitwear design) and Yuko Okudaira (2014 B.F.A., fashion design) fill us in on what they’ve been up to overseas.

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    IAD Student Jake Bliss Shines at the IIDA Honor Awards

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    Jake Bliss’ winning project from the School of Interior Architecture & Design’s Commercial Design class. Courtesy of Jake Bliss.

    On March 18, the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Northern California Chapter hosted its Honor Awards at the beautiful Fox Theater in Oakland.  Every year they aim to encourage new ideas and techniques in the design and furnishing of interior spaces. The Honor Awards are open to design firms in Northern California and host a student honor award portion at each year’s event. The top five student projects are selected, and the students are brought on stage at the event and their place and prize is revealed.

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