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Academy of Art University's School of Fashion | 2012 Graduation Fashion Show and Awards Ceremony

Academy of Art University's 2012 Graduation Fashion Show and Awards Ceremony

Saturday, May 5th at 2:00 PM

For more information and to RSVP to the Saturday, May 5th show, please visit:

[San Francisco, CA], April 23, 2012 - The School of Fashion at Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California will debut collections from graduating students at the 2012 Graduation Fashion Show and Awards Ceremony.

At the invitation only event on Thursday, May 3rd, Dr. Elisa Stephens, president of Academy of Art University, will present Honorary Doctorate degrees to Sarah Burton, Philip Treacy, and H.R.H. Princess Reema Bandar Al-Saud.

Sarah Burton, Creative Director of Alexander McQueen Philip Treacy, London Milliner
Sarah Burton was named the creative director of Alexander McQueen in May 2010 and credits Simon Ungless, Director of the School of Fashion, for placing her there as an intern. In a story that ran in The New York Times on May 04, 2011, she told Cathy Horyn, "I wouldn't be here if it weren't for Simon." Sarah Burton designed the wedding dress of Catherine Middleton for her marriage to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. She has also dressed the First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, Cate Blanchett, Lady Gaga, and Gwyneth Paltrow, among many others.

Philip Treacy, milliner, has collaborated with fashion houses such as Giorgio Armani, Valentino, Givenchy, Prabal Gurung, Gareth Pugh, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karen, and Rifat Ozbek. In 2007, he was recognized by Her Majesty The Queen for his services to the British Fashion industry and appointed as an honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE). In 2011, he designed 36 hats for the Royal Wedding of the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge. He has even designed hats for Gladys Perint Palmer, Executive Director of the School of Fashion, and her mother.

H.R.H. Princess Reema Bandar Al-Saud has extensive experience in luxury retail and is the CEO of the ALFA and AL HAMA companies that own and operate Harvey Nichols Department Store, Donna Karan, and DKNY stores in Saudi Arabia. She is also an ardent advocate for Breast Cancer research and awareness in a conservative country that often finds such topics of conversation taboo. Together with Zahra Breast Cancer Association, she led 3,952 Saudi women to achieve the Guinness World Record for the largest human awareness ribbon.

The School of Fashion creates opportunities for guests to interact with students during discussions, classroom visits, and portfolio reviews. These interactions encourage consideration for internship placement from various areas of study including Fashion Design for Women's Wear, Men's Wear, and Children's Wear; Technical Design; Textile Design; Knitwear Design; Fashion Journalism; Fashion Marketing; Fashion Merchandising; and Visual Merchandising.

On Saturday, May 5th at 2:00 PM, the Fashion Show will be presented to the general public, free of charge. For more information and to RSVP to the Saturday, May 5th show, please visit:

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About Academy of Art University
With more than 17,000 students, Academy of Art University is the nation's largest private art and design university. Established in 1929, the school offers accredited A.A., B.A., B.F.A., M.A., and M.F.A. programs in Acting, Advertising, Animation & Visual Effects, Architecture, Art Education, Fashion, Fine Art, Game Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture & Design, Landscape Architecture, Motion Pictures & Television, Multimedia Communications, Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media, Photography, and Web Design & New Media. Online degrees are offered in most areas. Academy of Art University is an accredited member of WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), NASAD, and Council for Interior Design Accreditation (BFA-IAD) here for more info

Academy of Art University
School of Fashion

79 New Montgomery Street,
San Francisco, CA 94105

Visit or call 800.544.2787 (U.S. only) or 415.274.2200

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About The School of Fashion
Over 2,700 fashion students study under the guidance of experienced fashion professionals in the School of Fashion, which houses the following areas of specialization: Fashion Design for Women's Wear, Men's Wear, and Children's Wear; Technical Design; Textile Design; Knitwear Design; Accessory Design; Fashion Illustration; Fashion Journalism; Fashion Marketing; Fashion Merchandising; and Visual Merchandising.

The University works with international brands and recruitment agencies on internship and job placement. Graduates have gone on to such companies as Abercrombie & Fitch, Adidas, Alexander McQueen, Azzedine Alaïa, Banana Republic, BCBG Max Azria, Blanc de Chine, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Corso Como 10, Chloë, Diane Von Fürstenberg, Donna Karan, Gap, Kate Spade, Kiton, L.A.M.B., L'Ecole Lesage Paris - Aletlier de Broderie, Liz Claiborne, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Martin Margiela, Martine Sitbon, Missoni, Nike, Nordstrom, Northface, Old Navy, Oscar de la Renta, Pamela Dennis, Phillip Lim, Pottery Barn, Ralph Lauren, Reebok, Roland Mouret, St. John, Threeasfour, Tocca, Viktor & Rolf, and Williams Sonoma.

Guests to the School of Fashion include Azzedine Alaïa, Prosper and Martine Assouline, Yigal Azrouël, Geoffrey Beene, Rose Marie Bravo, Andrew Buckler, Julie Chaiken, The Honorable Bertrand Delanoë Mayor of Paris, David Downton, Steven Cox and Daniel Silver of Duckie Brown, Keanan Duffty, Patrik Ervell, Loulou de la Falaise, James Galanos, Joan Kaner, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim of Opening Ceremony, Antonio Lopez, Fern Mallis, Alexander McQueen, Rosita and Tai Missoni, Isaac Mizrahi, Josie Natori, Christina Neault of IMG Fashion, Ian Hannula and Joe Haller of N.I.C.E. Collective, Elisa Palomino, Laure du Pavillon, Zac Posen, Oscar de la Renta, Zandra Rhodes CBE, Ralph Rucci, Nathalie Rykiel, Jeremy Scott, Carla Sozzani, Walter Van Beirendonck, Dirk Van Saene, and Dame Vivienne Westwood DBE, as well as Christophe Girard Director of Fashion Strategy of LVMH Fashion Group, Robin Givhan, Cathy Horyn, and Suzy Menkes.

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