San Francisco, CA, September 12, 2018 — The School of Fashion at Academy of Art University presented SS/19 and FW/19 collections during New York Fashion Week at Pier 59 Studios. The runway show introduced a new generation of designers, providing a platform to showcase their talent, determination, and hard work during the globally revered fashion week.
Since 2005, the School of Fashion has presented collections created by select students and recent graduates during New York Fashion Week. This year, seventeen designers from the Master of Fine Arts degree programs will present a total of eleven womenswear and two menswear collections; three of the thirteen collections were created through collaborations in textile, knitwear, and fashion design. The collections were presented on Saturday, September 8th at 8:00 PM at Pier 59 Studios. The 2019 collections were viewed by an audience of national and international media, fashion industry executives, recruiters, and fellow designers.
This is the first season that the School of Fashion is hosting a two-day showroom in New York, allowing industry professionals to view the collections and designers’ portfolios up close, and to meet the designers in person. The showroom is at Kimball Studio on Monday, September 10th and Tuesday, September 11th, from 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
“The collections reflect the designers’ abilities to explore their individual spirit while mastering their craft. They’ve honored the essence of our industry and carry conscientious practices into textile design, three-dimensional design, tailoring, and construction techniques; at the same time, they’ve intelligently integrated the use of technology and sustainable concepts into their work. It has been a pleasure for all of us in the School of Fashion to mentor them through their fashion education, both onsite and online; we look forward to watching them forge their careers through the industry.” – Simon Ungless, Executive Director of the School of Fashion
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Justing Kong Jiang, MFA Fashion Design
Justing Kong Jiang was born and raised in Guangzhou, China. In 2013, he earned an undergraduate degree in fashion design and engineering from Zhujiang College of South China Agricultural University. Jiang founded the art and design studio and exhibition group, JustOne Studio, and has assistant design experience with brands such as the Hong Kong Float Clothing Trading Co., Calizia Vivian Zhou Design, and LIPPRINT Gentai Apparel.
In 2014, Jiang began his MFA Fashion Design degree program at Academy of Art University. Initially inspired by kinetic art and an appreciation for mechanic structure, Jiang’s inspiration evolved to focus more on the artwork of surrealists Oskar Schlemmer and Salvador Dali, and, capturing the ‘spirit of surrealism’; “I was drawn to the idea of designing a collection which would challenge the established ‘rules’ of clothing”. Through trial-and-error, Jiang experimented with different fabric manipulation techniques, including the use of boning to create gathers and shape. Jiang’s collection incorporates the use of unconventional materials such as insulation paper, reflective materials, and conductive fabric – all sourced from a fabric and material supply company co-founded by Jiang, Hautico. Jiang aims to use the fabrication in the collection to enhance the play of light coming off the garments as they appear on the runway, lending a dynamic and futuristic tone to the collection.