Fashion, just like other forms of design is people-centered. The world in the past fifty years has been moving to a more inclusive global community. Inspired by this, Academy of Art University has been on the forefront in redefining the role of fashion design to this noble progression. Early this year, the academy held one of the most progressive conventions on the inclusive fashion.
The panelists of the convention were the academy officials, students, alumni, and interested fashion designers. The main theme for this year was to challenge the concept of fashion design “uniform market” and point to other diverse markets. Over the years, an inclusive fashion design market has been a neglected concept. Most designers in the fashion world do not recognize and accommodate people with disabilities in the initial designing.
Stephanie Thomas, a panelist in this year’s panel challenged the people present with her presentation. As an alumnus of Academy of Art University, she was born with a disability. Nevertheless, through her determination and her strong personality, she has defied all odds. She showed the need for designers to be attentive to people with disability. According to her, they constitute 20% of the total fashion market.
Beau Oyler, who is a 2005 graduate from this prestigious fashion academy, gave a different view of this subject matter. As a fashion designer, she describes the inclusive fashion wave as a real design movement. As a hemophilia fighter, she views technological advancements such as 3D printing as revolutionary to attaining inclusive design. Chelsea
Werner, who was also a panelist gave a more vivid example of what people like her go through. As a person living with a disability, she feels that the fashion designers before have neglected people with disability.
Academy of Art University has revolutionized the approach to teaching some of the most interesting professions such as design, arts (all genres of arts), and communication. The institution has, over the years prepared the young professionals on the ever-changing world.
The institution has been able to train people on the above disciplines due to the following reasons. It is an all-inclusive institution, all teachers are practicing professionals, the institution advocates for collaborations among creatives.