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New York Fashion Week is a Fitting Debut for Seven Academy of Art University Designers

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Known for inventive designers, Academy of Art University’s School of Fashion is the only school showing at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. This season Jungah Lee, Camilla Olson, Maria Korovilas, April Howard, Cara Chiappetta, Louie Llewellyn and Xiang Zhan will be showing their work.
For Cindy Cai, of Graduate Admissions at Academy of Art University, it’s amazing to see Jungah and Camilla debut their collections. “Camilla and Jungah did not have formal training in fashion design, and they were attracted to the Academy because we offered strong technical training as well as opportunities to connect with industry professionals,” said Cai, who worked with the women when they came to the school. “I feel so incredibly proud of them.”
Each of the designers will be presenting a collection that is unique and striking.
Jungah Lee
Drawing on an image of faded and wrinkled antique books on the shelf, Jungah created stunning, hand-dyed garments that mimicked crinkled pages. She shares this advice for current students: “You will have many hard times and might feel frustrated, but don’t give up. You can create an astounding result by continuing to work hard.”
Camilla Olson
Camilla’s background, with a BS in Microbiology and an MBA in Marketing, may not seem ideally suited to fashion. However, her innovative thinking enabled her to patent five products before coming to Academy of Art University to earn her MFA in Fashion, and that same creative spirit has led her to pursue a patent for a novel clothing closure technique. Her collection is inspired by the movie Blade Runner and samurai arts.
April Howard
Inspired by the urban decay of the novel The Road, April created sculptural pieces that reminded her of discarded tires and melted plastic. April’s work is also influenced by Academy of Art University instructor Rob Curry. “I took Rob Curry’s draping class two years ago and fell in love with draping,” she said. “It immediately felt very natural for me to design by draping rather than just sketching.”

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