Our Fave 50+ Looks From The Academy of Art University's BFA Show

Sure, San Francisco is far from being a fashion capital. But if you need proof that the city houses some major budding talent in the sartorial field, all you need to do is cast your eyes toward the Academy of Art University, and its fashion program headed up by designer Simon Ungless, who started the Alexander McQueen label in partnership with the late designer, in the early '90s.
With a master instructor behind them, 25 fashion students marched a total of 17 collections (many of them collaborations between students) down the runway late last week. And while there was much excitement over the front row that included visiting guests Sarah Burton, Philip Treacy, Suzy Menkes, and Cathy Horyn, the real action was happening on the runway.
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Check out our top 50+ looks from the show (trust us, it was hard to narrow them down!) after the jump, and let us know your favorites in the comments.
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Designers: Renata Lindroos and Mina Fadaie
Degree: B.F.A. Women’s Wear Design; B.F.A. Textile Design
Born: Evanston, IL; Walnut Creek, CA
Inspiration: '60s horror films

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Renata Lindroos and Mina Fadaie

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Renata Lindroos and Mina Fadai

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Renata Lindroos and Mina Fadai

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Designer: Hely Nguyen
Degree: B.F.A. Women’s Wear Design
Born: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Inspiration: Late 19th Century shoe-shine boys

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Hely Nguyen

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Hely Nguyen

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Designers: Erica Laba, Liza Quiñones, and Emma Mengchen Yang
Degree: B.F.A. Women’s Wear Design; B.F.A. Textile Design; B.F.A. Knitwear Design
Born: Fort Worth, TX; Bronx, NY; Beijing, China
Inspiration: Gibson Girls, rain-stricken city streets, and the glare of lights on asphalt

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Erica Laba, Liza Quiñones, and Emma Mengchen Yang

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Erica Laba, Liza Quiñones, and Emma Mengchen Yang

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Erica Laba, Liza Quiñones, and Emma Mengchen Yang

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Designer: Rumi Iwasaki
Degree: B.F.A. Men’s Wear Design
Born: Yokohama, Japan
Inspiration: Modern-day dandies and vintage military

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Rumi Iwasaki

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Rumi Iwasaki

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Rumi Iwasaki

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Designers: Rachael Sansom and Chelsea Levinson
Degree: B.F.A. Women’s Wear and Textile Design; B.F.A. Knitwear Design
Born: Sacramento, CA; Las Vegas, NV
Inspiration: David Hockney paintings and psychedelia

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Rachael Sansom and Chelsea Levinson

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Rachael Sansom and Chelsea Levinson

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Rachael Sansom and Chelsea Levinson

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Rachael Sansom and Chelsea Levinson

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Designers: Kim Tran and Orly Ruaimi
Degree: B.F.A. Women’s Wear Design; M.F.A. Fine Art Sculpture and Jewelry Design
Born: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Afula, Israel
Inspiration: The underlining structure of life

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Kim Tran and Orly Ruaimi

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Kim Tran and Orly Ruaimi

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Kim Tran and Orly Ruaimi

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Designers: Eli Daniel Odisho and Miriam Tolentino
Degree: B.F.A. Women’s Wear Design; B.F.A. Textile Design
Born: Turlock, CA; Santa Cruz
Inspiration: Frank Miller’s graphic novel Sin City

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Eli Daniel Odisho and Miriam Tolentino

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Eli Daniel Odisho and Miriam Tolentino

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Eli Daniel Odisho and Miriam Tolentino

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Designer: Joe Chung
Degree: B.F.A. Women’s Wear Design
Born: Seoul, South Korea
Inspiration: The contrast between youth and adults in Japanese society

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Joe Chung

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Joe Chung

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Joe Chung

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Designer: Antonio Luna
Degree: B.F.A. Men’s Wear Design
Born: Guadalajara, Mexico
Inspiration: '60s police uniforms and the people of sub-Saharan Africa

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Antonio Luna

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Antonio Luna

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Antonio Luna

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Designer: Zhangchi Wang
Degree: B.F.A. Women’s Wear Design
Born: Shenzhen, Guang Dong, China
Inspiration: Chinese stone carving and Wang Jin’s sculpture The Dream of China

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Zhangchi Wang

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Zhangchi Wang

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Zhangchi Wang

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Designers: Jacqueline Rabôt and Julie Seltzer
Degree: B.F.A. Women’s Wear Design; B.F.A. Textile Design
Born: North Tarrytown, NY; Tucson, AZ
Inspiration: Neo Art Deco, sunbursts, and embellishment

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Jacqueline Rabôt and Julie Seltzer

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Jacqueline Rabôt and Julie Seltzer

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Jacqueline Rabôt and Julie Seltzer

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Designer: Angela Sison
Degree: B.F.A. Women’s Wear Design
Born: Walnut Creek
Inspiration: '50s British youth cult, the Teddy Boys

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Angela Sison

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Angela Sison

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Angela Sison

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Designer: Massa Ito
Degree: B.F.A. Women’s Wear Design
Born: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Inspiration: Traditional Japanese men’s wear and armor

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Massa Ito

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Massa Ito

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Massa Ito

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