The Designers of Academy of Art University Stunned the Audience Once Again

The New York Fashion Week is one of the events at which new names are introduced and get a chance to shine and establish themselves. The Academy of Art University took part in the event for the 21st time in a row earlier this year at the beginning of September.

 

The New York Fashion Week was at the Skylight Clarkson Square which was the home to all things Style during the week. Some of the participants were recent BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) and MFA (Master of Fine Arts) graduates, ten to be exact. The participants debuted two menswear collections and five womenswear collections, as well as a couple of collaborations amongst them.

 

From the full range of ideas and craftsmanship techniques of the debuted collections to the various backgrounds of the designers that created them, everything about the show at the New York Fashion Week was diverse and unique. The talent that was presented at the New York Fashion Week was recognized by guests such as Ms. J Alexander known for his work at America’s Next Top Model and the Director of Education and Professional Development at CFDA Sara Kozloski, among many others.

 

In the short time frame of only fifteen minutes, the participants presented the results of hours upon hours of brainstorming, creating, and polishing. The pieces were an enigmatic mixture of silhouettes, concepts, expressions, and materials.

 

From Quing Dao, China, Hailum Zhou who is an MFA of Fashion Design, drew her inspiration about the pieces from the photographs she had taken on a day’s trip to enrich herself with new creative ideas and concepts. She used materials such as PVC and vinyl to create the pieces, as well as other fabrics that were created by combining different elements and fusing them into one. Zhou was selected in 2017 for the CFDA Fashion Future Graduate Showcase.

 

The designers and artists that debuted their pieces at the New York Fashion Week stunned the audience with their unique ideas and concepts that promoted views on the future of fashion and its sustainability, as well as creativity and thinking out of the box.

 

 

Betsy DeVos: Conquering the World with Grace and Courage

Betsy DeVos is an iconic woman and a role model for many young women. She is the current Secretary of Education in the President Donald Trump’s administration.

What you will find interesting with Betsy is that she doesn’t conform to anybody’s ideas without a fight. She revealed this when Donald Trump issued an order to revoke the Transgender rights. She did put up a fight but later signed the order due to pressure from her colleagues. Betsy, however, released a statement urging the schools to protect the transgender kids.

Betsy DeVos is passionate about education, and that is what made her the best candidate for the job. She is known for her work with the school vouchers and school choice. She has also been involved with the grading system.

Her support is not only for the school system itself but also for the students. Together with her husband Dick DeVos, Betsy established the Betsy and Dick DeVos Scholarships. The scholarships are awarded to the students pursuing the entrepreneurial studies, either Bachelor of Business Administration or Master of Business Administration.

Betsy and her husband have been making headlines over the last couple of months because of their charitable contributions. According to a report, published on their website, the couple has contributed around $139 million towards different causes. In 2015, they made a donation of $11.9 to various causes, education being one of them.

The couple founded the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation in 1989. Through this foundation, they have supported different organizations including health research facilities, hospitals, religious missions and the Christian schools.

In 2004, Betsy DeVos was appointed to the board of directors of the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts by former President George Bush. She resigned from the position in 2010. Betsy and Dick made a donation to the center which focuses on teaching the art managers and board of directors how to manage the institutions. After a $22.5 million donation, the center was renamed the DeVos Institute of Arts Management.

Read more about Betsy on nypost.com.

Political activity

Betsy is actively involved in politics. She has been an active member of Michigan Republican Party since 1982. Betsy has been elected as a delegate of the party for 16 consecutive terms serving two years in each. She has operated in the capacity of Committeewoman between 1992 and 1997. Betsy later served as the chairwoman of the party from 1996 to 2004. She is a true believer in the Republican Party and what it stands for.

Betsy once resigned as the chairman of the party after she experienced conflicting ideas. She, however, ran again in 2003 as the chairman and was reelected.

Education

Betsy holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Calvin College.

Visit Betsy’s website at betsydevos.com