The Academy of Art University’s annual 2012 Spring Fashion Show

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Lights dim down. All is silent for one moment.

Lights flash on. Slowly, musical beats begin pulsating from the speakers.

The Academy of Art University’s 2012 annual spring fashion show begins.

The crowd cheers as the first model appears on runway, showcasing the first of
17 collections made by graduating seniors.

The collaborative collection by Renata Lindroos and Mina Fadaie.

The collaborative collection by Renata Lindroos and Mina Fadaie, depicted 1960s horror films in silk-screened photographic images and garments with distorted silhouettes. Lindroos collaborated with Orly Ruaimi, MFA Sculpture and Jewelry Design major, who used recycled pieces of metal and cable ropes to created twistedly edgy designs in collaboration with Kim Tran’s trippy variety of prints and fabrics.

Graduating fashion design student, Maria Azucena Romero partnered with seven Animation and Visual Effects majors to bring her designs to life on screen. Even though her garments were not shown on models walking down the runway, the movement and texture of each piece was shown beautifully in slow motion on a projection screen through the use of stop-animation.

Romero’s creativity and ingenuity impressed guest of honor, Sarah Burton, and won her an internship at Alexander McQueen, leaving the audience to wonder – could animation be the future of fashion shows?

Zhangchi Wang also earned an internship with McQueen. Wang used stretch wool coating and wool knits, creating an all grey collection inspired by the traditional Chinese stone carvings, which is subtly seen in the embossed detail of the wool.

Each collection, unique and creative in its own way, showed what can be achieved in four years of hard work at in the Academy’s Fashion Design program. Those seniors, who live and breath fashion, wrapped up the show, making their way behind their models down the catwalk. As attendees applauded in approval, each student glowed, flashing smiles of happiness and relief, knowing that bigger more exciting things wait for them as they enter the fashion industry.

All images courtesy of the AAU

Written by Bethany Mullinix

Bethany Mullinix

Bethany is a publicist at SutherlandGold Group is San Francisco where she has had the privilege of working with a wide range of consumer tech and enterprise startups such as Apartment List,, Comcast Ventures, CardSpring, and Solar Universe. However, her true love is fashion.

As a child, Bethany would painstakingly design garments for her Barbies, as her father watched in wonderment, questioning his eight-year-old’s taste for micro-mini skirts! Today Bethany channels this love of fashion and design into her writing, taking inspiration for the best and avoiding vapid fashion magazines too easily bent by advertising. Her main goal as a journalist is to make people understand fashion the way she does – as much more than playing dress-up. Above all, fashion makes her feel good and through her writing she hopes to share this feeling with others.

In addition to ModeConnect, Bethany has written for variety of fashion and lifestyle outlets including Fashion School Daily, Paper Pearl and The World According To. She also manages her own online magazine, MOXIE, which she began as part of her M.F.A. Fashion Journalism thesis while at the Academy of Art University. In addition to an MFA, Bethany holds a B.A. in Journalism/PR from Union University in Jackson, Tenn.
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