Academy of Art University Graduation Fashion Show 2015

Academy of Art University Graduation Fashion Show 2015
Academy of Art FashionShow 2015
Linka Rowland, B.F.A. Fashion Design, Academy of Art University

Student designers presented their final collections at the annual Academy of Art University Graduation Fashion Show on May 14, 2015, in San Francisco. The show included 21 collaborative menswear and womenswear collections created by students who studied fashion design, knitwear design, menswear design, technical design, textile design and jewelry/metal arts. Additionally, 12 fashion design and textile design students presented a 15-look capsule collection for Hervé Léger to celebrate the 30th anniversary of BCBG Max Azria brand. All in, 39 students presented collections at the show.

Meet the Designers

12 Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts students created a capsule collection for Hervé Léger, BCBG Max Azria Group:

    • M.F.A Fashion Designers: Geu Mi Lee, Melissa Kheng, Dora Li, Fei Li, Lindsey Trueman, Yibin Xu, Li Lai and Nina Hui (Nina Hui was selected by BCBG to participate in an internship with Hervé Léger) 
    • B.F.A. Fashion Designers: Emma Xueling Cui, Novi Utami, Nomin Gantulga and Lauren Lusby.

Capsule collection for Hervé Léger:

      • Keith Gunning, B.F.A. Fashion Design presented a collection made entirely of neoprene, inspired by flamboyant designs of the late legendary London-based artist Leigh Bowery
      • Gyuwon Jeong, B.F.A. Menswear Design collaborated with B.F.A. Textile Design student Jimin A Kim; their collection was inspired by the Mexican Cholombian and South African Ndebele tribes
      • Yunseon Kim, B.F.A. Fashion Design collaborated with Carmen X Liu, B.F.A. Jewelry & Metal Arts; Kim drew inspiration from the shape and silhouettes of traditional Korean dress, hanbok, and Liu created a collection of elegant and brightly colored costume jewelry pieces
      • Livia Bianda, B.F.A. Menswear Design, her collection, constructed from lycra, mesh, and wool suiting material, was inspired by the uniforms and exaggerated silhouettes seen on football players
      • Gisel Ko, B.F.A. Knitwear Design, a painting of a girl skiing clad in traditional Korean dress sparked the inspiration for Ko’s graduation collection
  • Linka Rowland, B.F.A. Fashion Design, reimagined fringe, adorning her wool, leather and neoprene garments with hundreds of white, pink, orange, yellow and black rabbit foot key chains
  • Dominic Tan, B.F.A. Menswear Design, collection is his interpretation of a Singaporean uniform, and is constructed from ice-dyed cotton blends in shades of pink
  • Eleonore L. Santos, B.F.A. Fashion Design, collaborated with B.F.A. Textile Designer Anna Metzel on a collection inspired by the work of figurative painter Francis Bacon
  • Gaia Giladi, B.F.A. Fashion Design, played with viewer’s perceptions of depth and movement by using unique fabrics, including 3D lenticular printed materials and a textile created by seaming together a variety of black and white striped fabrics
  • Damien Chandra, B.F.A. Fashion Design, was inspired by the work of figurative sculptor Willy Verginer


    • Cherng-Hann Lee, B.F.A. Menswear Design, collection was inspired by a Medieval suit of arms
    • Patricia Wijaya, B.F.A. Fashion Design, her family history of scoliosis was a source of inspiration for her collection; the center-curved seams on each garment mirror the shapes of scoliosis back braces
    • Xun Li, B.F.A. Menswear Design used translucent and buff-rubber silicone fabrics as overlays on black shirts and pants made from cotton twill, and accented collars, cuffs and fastenings with blue Thermoplastic Polyurethane
    • Karina Garcia, B.F.A. Fashion Design and B.F.A. Fine Arts double major, collaborated with Mariana Pazos, B.F.A. Textile Design, they were inspired by Georgia O’Keefe, Pearl Harbor and World War II uniforms
    • Amanda Manashi, B.F.A. Fashion Design, was inspired by Art Nouveau architect Hector Guimard


  • Jeremy Vu, B.F.A. Menswear Design, collaborated with B.F.A Knitwear Designer Lupita Ramirez, and Justin Lei Wang, A.A. Jewelry & Metal Arts, their collection, “Truly Outrageous,” takes a stylistic page from the 1980’s film Heathers and the animated television show Jem and the Holograms
  • Ye Kuang, B.F.A. Fashion Design collaborated with M.F.A. Jewelry & Metal Arts Designer Candy Hsinyu Chu; Kuang took inspiration from Dutch architect Erick van Egeraat’s sculpture “Incineration Line in Roskilde.” Chu constructed jewelry from vinyl tubing in a color palette inspired by Nordic summers
  • JC Munoz, B.F.A. Fashion Design & Textile Design, was inspired by aviation, specifically the fluidity of fighter jets
  • Ruone Yan, B.F.A. Menswear Design created her graduation collection with canvas that she dyed with oolong tea
  • Shuman Yao, B.F.A. Fashion Design constructed from rubber polyvinyl chloride (PVC), wool cashmere, polyester and denim, inspired by the sci-fi video game Anachronox