Archive for 'May 2016'

    Design in Wonderland


    Models take one final walk down the runway during the finale. Photo by Bob Toy.

    It was 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11. As we arrived backstage at the enormous open warehouse on Jerrold Avenue, we expected to see somewhat of a manic setting as designers were preparing their looks for the first show beginning promptly at 3 p.m. Yet to our surprise, it was relatively relaxed; the atmosphere was quite intense but still very organized. Everyone was prepared, incredibly focused and excited.

    This is the designers’ moment to shine, and it was finally here. As the models were dressed, last minute expertise was given from Simon Ungless, executive director of the School of Fashion at Academy of Art University, and down the rabbit hole we went. The music hit, the florescent lights flicked on and the most anticipated moment had finally begun.

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    Fashion Editors Motivate Students To "Get out There and Do It" at Fashion Media Panel


    (L-R) Executive Director of the School of Fashion Simon Ungless, Visionaire Digital Director Lars Byrresen Petersen, Paper magazine Editorial Director Mickey Boardman and Fashion Journalism and Social Media Center Director Stephan Rabimov. Photo by Bob Toy.

    Reinvention is the name of the game for print magazines vying for attention in the digital age. And if any media outlet knows how to reinvent itself it’s Visionaire—a luxury fashion and art magazine that has experimented with unconventional formats for 25 years, and Paper magazine, whose Editorial Director Mickey Boardman hatched a plan to “break the internet” with a photo of Kim Kardashian in 2014. 

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    'West Side Story' Rumbles Onto Mount Tam


    Photo by Dorothy O'Donnell.

    Rival New York gangs have taken over the top of Mount Tamalpais. This month, you can watch the Jets and Sharks rumble on the Cushing Amphitheatre’s stage during the Mountain Play’s production of West Side Story, the classic musical based on Romeo and Juliet. Now in its 103rd season, Mountain Play is a beloved summer tradition that attracts fans from all over the Bay Area.

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    Kate Beckinsale Reunites with Director Whit Stillman in 'Love & Friendship' – A New Jane Austen Adaptation With a Naughty Twist


    Kate Beckinsale in Love & Friendship. Photo courtesy of Roadside Attractions.

    The first time Kate Beckinsale worked with the director Whit Stillman she had to do an American accent.

    “You can imagine coming from England and not having been to America at all,” the actress said, recalling her role opposite Chloe Sevigny in The Last Days of Disco (1998). “I felt like this foreigner who had to learn about places like Connecticut and all of that.”

    This time around Beckinsale is on her own turf, and she's as confident as ever as the fetching widow Lady Susan Vernon, AKA “the most accomplished flirt in all of England.” Based on Jane Austen's unfinished epistolary novella Lady Susan, Stillman's new film Love & Friendship centers upon the protagonist's quest to secure a husband for herself as well as for her teenage daughter Frederica (Morfydd Clark) – an activity she pursues with skilled manipulation and irresistible coquetry as well as a tremendous dose of comedic flair.

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    Rodarte to Be Honored at 2016 Graduation Fashion Show

    Founders Laura and Kate Mulleavy will join this year’s prestigious event

    Rodarte photo by Autumn de Wilde

    Laura and Kate Mulleavy, founders of Rodarte. Photo by Autumn de Wilde.

    Academy of Art University is proud to announce that Laura and Kate Mulleavy, founders of Rodarte, will join the School of Fashion as honored guests for the 2016 Graduation Fashion Show on Wednesday, May 11. Kate and Laura Mulleavy will each be presented with Honorary Doctorate degrees during the awards ceremony portion of the event.

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    Academy Students Among Top Finishers in Blizzard 'World of Warcraft' Art Contest


    (L–R) Haoyu Zhang, Ayhan Aydogan and Executive Director of the School of Game Development David Goodwine. Photo by Bob Toy.

    For the fourth year in a row, Academy of Art University students were among the top three finishers in the annual Blizzard Entertainment Student Art Contest. One of the leading video game companies, Blizzard called upon college students to create epic environments and characters for World of Warcraft, its popular online video game, and share their vision of Azeroth, the world in which most of the game is set. M.F.A. senior Haoyu Zhang won first place in the environment category for his submission, Red Roof, while Ayhan Aydogan—also a senior completing his M.F.A—was named overall runner-up for his entry, a comical character he dubbed The Goaty.

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    School of Acting's 'The Rocky Horror Show' Is a Rollicking Ride

    On Thursday, May 5, a packed house at 620 Sutter Street Theatre enjoyed a rollicking, often hilarious ride during the School of Acting’s opening night production of The Rocky Horror Show. Throughout the two-act musical, the room crackled with electricity. Under the guidance of director Clark Houston Lewis, the talented cast drew enthusiastic applause after each song and brought the audience to its feet for a thunderous standing ovation at the end of the play.

    Based on the Broadway hit and cult-classic movie, The Rocky Horror Show pokes fun at B-movie horror and sci-fi films that were popular from the '30s through the '70s. The play also tackles gender and sexual issues that are still timely today. The Rocky Horror Show follows the adventures of Brad and Janet, a naïve young couple who stumble upon the spooky castle of maniacal transvestite Dr. Frank Frank-N-Furter and his ghoulish cronies after their car breaks down.

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