Academy of Art University was elated to have alumna Ryan Roche join the School of Fashion for the 2015 Graduation Fashion Show. On May 14, Roche was awarded the Distinguished Alumni award by Academy President Dr. Elisa Stephens at a private awards ceremony and reception at the School of Fashion. “She is a perfect example of a designer who has successfully launched a thriving career,”said Dr. Stephens. Roche accepted the award on behalf of her successful, sustainable eponymous American clothing line which has been recognized by the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund among others. Additionally, Roche awarded an internship to one standout student from the group showing graduation collections.
“I had an incredibly conceptual, creative education at Academy of Art University. Through this freedom and experimentation, I found my own voice, something that I know more then ever is extremely important in fashion… I will always hold the Academy of Art University close to my heart; it is where fashion started for me,” said Roche.
A former School of Fashion knitwear design major, Roche has always maintained a commitment to supporting responsible manufacturing via sustainable, low impact production, and has worked with a women’s cooperative in Nepal for the last decade as well as supported American manufacturing.