Richard S. Stephens happened to be the proud founder of The Academy of Art University that was founded in 1929. Along with being the leader for the university, Richard was also a magazine editor and a painter. It was in 1951 that he decided to retire from the university and pasted the job on down to his son.
For many years his son proudly ran the university until he decided it was to time for him to retire in 1992. Elisa Stephens, his daughter, decided that she was the one that wanted to step up and be the next leader of the university in her family. Under her proud leadership, she took the number of students from being 2000 to be more than 18,000, all by 2012. Along with the outstanding student count, the university also has 1154 part-time to teach staff and 283 full-time teachers.
One of the university’s proudest achievement, however, happens to be NY Fashion Week that they happen to get to attend bi-annually, since 2005. This is all made possible by private buses that happen to be located all around San Francisco that helps transport the students to the event. Once at the event each and every student worries and stresses for hours as they get ready for their 15 minutes on stage.
This year was the Academy of Art University’s 21st runway showcase, which was held on September 9th. The event hosted students from China all the way to Coastal Maine, with also a few added places in between. This is what also helped to make this year’s show so interested and helped attract more people. The theme of the show was for the students to show their version of the future of fashion. So with so many different students from so many different places, everyone was excited to see all the variety in the fashion that the students had to show. So one by one the students showed their fashion pieces and the events turned out to be a lot bigger of a hit then anyone had expected that it would have been this year.