Academy of Art University Graduates Showcase their Work at the New York Fashion Week

The Academy of Art University recently showcased work by some of its students at the New York Fashion Week held at Skylight Clarkson Square. This is the 21st time since 2005 that graduates from the university have showcased their work at the NYFW platform. In attendance were notable figures in the fashion industry including the Director of Education and Professional Development at CFDA, Sara Kozlowski and Ms. J Alexander who is known for America’s Next Top Model. Given that the graduates put in a lot of hard work, the opportunity to showcase their work and talent to potential career mentors and employers is one they will always appreciate and one that will pay off in the long run.

 

Profile of Academy Art University

Academy Art University is an educational institution dedicated to transforming aspiring students into professional designers and artists regardless of an art portfolio. The institution promotes the vision of art students being trained by professional artists who inculcate the value of hard work, commitment and proper instruction in the art industry. Established in 1929 by Richard S. Stephens, the institution offers around 25 art courses such as acting, architecture, game design, industrial design, fine art and fashion, among many others, at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s levels. Graduates from the university have been hired by prestigious companies such as Apple, Pixar, Nike, EA, and Zynga, among others.

 

Student Diversity

Some of the students who showcased their pieces at the fashion week interpreting their version of the future of fashion include ten recent MFA and BFA graduates from the university. The group of designers came from different backgrounds such as coastal Maine and China showcased five menswear and five womenswear collections in addition to two collaborations among them. The university boasts of student diversity from all over the globe.

 

Additional Information

The privately held Academy of Art University has more than 18,000 students and more than 1,000 teaching staff on part-time and full-time basis. Additionally, the Academy of Art University owns and operates an automobile museum valued t more than 70 million dollars. The university also offers athletics opportunities to its students who participate in the NCAA Division II as members of the Pacific West Conference.

 

Jim Larkin-The Labor Champion

Jim Larkin is of Irish origin and was born in 1876. He was the founder of the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union. Jim had been subjected to minimal formal knowledge. He took part in various works during his youth to vend for his family.

His hard work saw him become a foreman in the Liverpool docks. However, as he grew, he believed workers were subjected to unfair treatment. With time, he joined the National Union of Dock laborers. As a full-time organizer of the group, he strengthened his belief in socialism.

The goal of the Irish Traders and the General Union was to combine Irish workers. Jim ensured that both the skilled and unskilled Irish workers formed an organization. His firm socialism belief saw him lead strikes.

The industrial workers’ strikes were led by Jim’s Irish Labor Party. Eventually, the strikes bore fruit since there was the right to fair employment. Larkin arranged demonstrations against the First World War. Further, he traveled to the United States to look for funds for fighting the British.

All this while, Jim strived for accuracy and equity in the treatment of all workers. He believed in the use of non-violent methods to demand his rights. As such, sympathetic slowdowns, as well as boycotts, were his way of seeking fairness.

While in America, he founded Jim Connolly Socialist Club. It was based in New York and operated in memory of his friend, Jim Connolly. He was found guilty of unlawful acts and communism in 1920.

This got him deported back to Ireland. He formed the Workers’ Union of Ireland (WUI) in 1924. Larkin did not tire of fighting for workers. His socialism belief enabled him to continue working for workers’ benefits.

He reduced the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union’s dependency on casual workers.

Jim Larkin became famous for his activism. He was therefore seen as a labor champion. His championship was because he advocated for the fair treatment of workers.