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Academy of Art University Graduate Fashion Show

San Francisco, CA, May 03, 2012 – The School of Fashion at Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California presented collections from graduating students at the 2012 Graduation Fashion Show and Awards Ceremony. At the invitation only event on Thursday, May 3rd, Dr. Elisa Stephens, president of the University, gave the degree of Honorary Doctorate to Sarah Burton, creative director of Alexander McQueen, milliner Philip Treacy, and H.R.H. Princess Reema Bandar Al-Saud, who has extensive experience in luxury retail and is the CEO of the ALFA and AL HAMA companies that own and operate Harvey Nichols Department Store, Donna Karan, and DKNY stores in Saudi Arabia. At a luncheon hosted by Dr. Elisa Stephens in honor of this year’s guests, San Francisco society and industry friends of the School of Fashion gathered at The Cannery overlooking the Bay. Mayor Ed Lee attended and was presented a cake in celebration of his birthday. Guests included former Mayor Willie Brown and Sonya Molodetska, Jennifer Raiser, Christine Suppes, Deepa Pakianathan, Tatiana Sorokko, Cameron Silver, Maria Manetti Farrow, Consul General to the United Kingdom Priya Guha, and John Capizzi, VP & General Manager of Neiman Marcus San Francisco. The guests of honor were presented with original illustrations by Gladys Perint Palmer, executive director of the School of Fashion.

Designers Included were: Massa Ito, Zhangchi Wang,  Julie Seltzer,  Jacqueline Rabôt,  Angela Sison, Miriam Tolentino, Eli Daniel Odisho,  Antonio Luna,  Steven La Fuente, Maria A. Romero, Mimi Iwasaki,  Joe Chung, Orly Ruaimi, Kim Tran, Chelsea Levinson, Rachel Sansom, Rumi Iwasaki,  Ethan Chihuan Yang, Emma Mengchen Yang, Liza Quiñones,  Erica Laba,  Hely Nguyen, Mina Fadaie, and Renata Lindroos.

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Ming Xi in Vogue China

Vogue ????? , Ming Xi, center wears a dress by Bottega Veneta. See more on Ford Models Blog.

Ming Xi for Vogue China

Ming Xi - Vogue China - photo by Daniel Jackson

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Model Tao Okamoto on Japan Relief

Model Tao Okamoto Image via Ford Models

Japanese Model Tao Okamoto reaches out with an appeal in regard to the recent Catastrophe that is still happening now.
“When the quake happened I was in Tokyo with my family. We are very used to having earthquakes but I never felt I could die from that.
…We turned on the TV and saw [a] much worse, horrible story. We couldn’t believe what was happening not so far from our city. 6900 people died and still missing [are] a million people. And then the nuclear power problem…we are still in fear…I want to tell Japan that a lot of people in the world are encouraging us and helping us. We are not alone. So I’d like to ask [for] your help to express the feeling & [so that] we can do something together…”
Read the rest of the letter at Ford Models Blog here.

Tao Okamoto backstage at NY Fashion Week. Photo By Stevyn Llewellyn