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Must See: S’15 Collections by Academy of Art Students at MBFW

New York held this week one of the great events of the year, the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Every designer dreams of showing their collection at New York Fashion Week, and on Saturday, September 6th that dream was realized for 12 designers from the School of Fashion at Academy of Art University. Since 2005, the prestigious School of Fashion has premiered the collections of students and recent graduates during this fashion event. For the Spring 2015 season, 12 designers presented six collections; in total, five individual womenswear collections and one collaborative menswear collection were presented.

Simon Ungless, Executive Director of the School of Fashion, said:

This group of designers have gone back to the essence of what the fashion designer should do, focusing on proportion and silhouette development as opposed to decoration.

I see them as a collaborative Le Corbusier moving towards a new fashion sense of the architecture of clothes. I see what they are producing as a shift in fashion that will not doubt become an influence on trend in future seasons.

Mia Jianxia Ji, M.F.A. Fashion and Knitwear Design, grew up in Shangrao in the Jiangxi province of China. Mia’s design skills have earned her recognition on many occasions; in 2010 she won an honorary award in an international design competition held by the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) and Paris American Academy (PAA), and in 2008 she was a Second Degree scholarship winner in the Creative Sketch Competition held by her B.F.A. alma mater, the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology. Mia’s collection, which she has named “SILHOUKNIT,” uses the texture of knitted fabrics to evoke the shapes and feelings of Ana Rajcevic’s art collection “Animal – The Other Side Of Evolution.”

Mia Jianxia Ji MBFW

Mia Jianxia Ji Runway

Mia Jianxia Ji White look

Wei Bai, M.F.A. Fashion Design, grew up in Chongqing, China. Having completed a B.F.A. in Fine Arts and Graphic and Web Design, Wei worked as a graphic designer before undertaking her graduate degree in fashion. Wei’s collection features tomboyish, tailored silhouettes that are evocative of the neo-Edwardian Teddy Boy style that became popular in 1950′s England. Garments are constructed in one-piece, although many give the illusion that they are separates.

Wei Bai AAU Fashion runway

Wei Bai Black Dress MBFW

Wei Bai White Look runway

Madison Detro, M.F.A. Fashion Design, was born and raised in Los Altos, California. Before pursuing her graduate degree in fashion, Madison earned her undergraduate degree in Architecture. During her fashion design internship at Yigal Azrouël she gained experience designing, styling and prepping the Fall 2014 collections. Madison’s Spring 2015 collection is fabricated mostly from lambskin leathers, calf suede, and she also explores geometries and imbalance as a catalyst for beauty. Intrigued by the oddities in Le Corbusier’s architectural work, Madison’s designs are reminiscent of the angles found in the architect’s famous chapel Notre Dame du Haut de Ronchamp.

Madison Detro Runway MBFW

Madison Detro Brown Look

Madison Detro Brown look

Runway images by Randy Brooke / WireImage.

Die Zhou, M.F.A. Fashion Design. This talented designer from Wuhan, China found inspiration for this collection from lines and shapes translated from nature, and butterflies interpreted into the silhouettes of the garments. This collection is based on a light, airy, fresh pastel color story and it’s perfected using cotton-blend twill.




Szu Chi Huang, M.F.A. Fashion Design. This Taiwanese designer has a B.A. in Costume Design, which influenced her to be inspired by traditional Japanese samurai armor. She was not only influenced by something traditional,  this collection also expresses her passion for modern fashion, and innovative construction techniques to accomplish an origami, 3-D feel.




We hope you’re as amazed with these emerging designers as we are, and we’ll be keeping an eye out for their future success!

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