A Lesson in Fashion from the Academy of Art University

Fashion moves fast: as a rule, what’s vogue today is gone tomorrow. Trends move quickly through a revolving door of glitz and glamour; each season designers inspiration anew from the ever-evolving elements of our reality. From films and fine art to consumer goods, climate change, and other cultural shifts, what’s “fashion” is always emblematic of the time in which it was designed and produced.

 

The Academy of Art University held a runway showcase on September 9, 2017 at Skylight Clarkson Square that gave us a glimpse of where fashion’s rising stars see us today. Located in San Francisco, CA, the Academy of Art University is uniquely positioned to engage in emerging conversations about diversity, feminism, and sustainability in the fashion world. In addition to being one of the largest art and design schools in the United States, it boasts an impressive array of alumni – including actress and singer Raven-Symoné as well as fashion designer (and reality star) Lauren Conrad. Art Spiegelman, cartoonist, is on staff as an instructor. Since 2005, the Academy of Art University has been participating bi-annually in the NY Fashion Week event.

 

September’s runway showcase made political statements as well as fashion statements. It was an internationally-minded event: participants from China and Mexico showed collections alongside local designers from LA and the Bay Area. Each artist’s message spoke to their unique background, but a common interest in finding the right “blend” of traditional artistry and mechanized digitalization united them all. Designers played with proportions (dramatically dragging the hem of a metallic dress, expanding a denim coat to laughable over-size) and layered textiles to evoke the sense of piled snow or billowy clouds. By taking such risks, they succeeded in creating new landscapes across which brand-new ideas can play.

 

Hailun Zhou, Eden Slezin, Dina Marie Lam, Carlos Rodriguez, Saya Shen, Joanna Jadallah, Cana Klebanoff, Rayn Wu, Jelly Shan – these young artists await a fruitful lifetime of creative exploration. After such a successful show at the Academy of Art University, we can’t wait to see what they’ll teach us next.

 

Orange Coast College Receives Hefty Donation

Mary McChesney, a retired professor, donated a hefty amount of money to Orange Coast College. Orange Coast Community College was not expecting the one million dollar donation, but was very thankful for the donation. It will be used to fund a Foucault pendulum. The gift is greatly appreciated and they are excited to complete the project set to be finished in Fall of 2018. It will be a one of a kind pendulum in Orange County and will be a great center for scientific studies. McChesney retired in 1983 as well as her late partner, Adelyn Bonin, who passed away in January. McChesney donated the gift in honor of her partner because they both had a passionate resource for teaching at OOC. Bonin taught German at OOC and McChesney taught English and Spanish for 33 years. McChesney thoroughly enjoyed teaching and making a different in lives. She also participates in many scholarships and community projects. The old planetarium that exists at the college was constructed in the 1950s. It was definitely time for a new advancement and she is so happy to be able to donate the funds to help. The old planetarium could only fit around 35 people. The new one will be built to accompany 129 people with an exhibit hall featuring a National Oceanic and Atmospheric display.

 

Orange Coast Community College is located on 164 acres of land close to the beach in Southern California. The college was built in Costa Mesa in 1947 and students began classes shortly after in 1948. It’s one of the nation’s largest and most successful community colleges with over 25,000 students that attend each term. They offer classes throughout the entire year with summer school a valid option for many. It is the number one two year degree college in California and almost half of the students are enrolled in one of the Career and Technical Education programs. OCC stands firm in their mission to provide affordable education with licensed trades and professors who are highly skilled. For many decades they have been committed to provided quality education with exceptional options to students all over the world. Learn more: http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-me-occ-planetarium-20170711-story.html