Claudia Tan, BFA Fashion Design, and Pamela Toribio, BFA Textile Design, collaborative collection
Claudia Tan, BFA Fashion Design, and Pamela Toribio, BFA Textile Design, collaborative collection

Nine Graduate Students Present Collections at CFDA Fashion Future Graduate Showcase in NYC

Third consecutive year edition of CFDA Fashion Future Graduate Showcase is running this week in NYC. 2019 event is featuring the work of 50 graduates from 11 schools during the two-day exhibition from June 17 to 18. A hybrid physical and digital showcase spotlights exemplary talent to the industry.

The multi-experience platform connects participants within Apparel, Accessories, Jewelry, Textiles/Materials, Technical Design, offering relevant emerging fashion pathways such as sustainable systems to a professional opportunity. Designers present their thesis collection and portfolio to the industry, talent acquisition/HR, editors, and influencers. Their online profiles will remain accessible at FFGS2019 online portal for the entire season.

Nine graduate students from the Academy of Art University School of Fashion are showcasing their collections at FFGS2019. Simon Ungless, the Executive Director of the School of Fashion, attended the showcase. “The level of emerging talent across the board from all of the schools selected by CFDA this year is incredibly high. I’m blown away with the creativity and mastery of the craft, and honored to have nine Academy of Art University graduates stand amongst the group,” said Ungless.

BFA Fashion Design students So Hyun An, Christopher Cabalona, Clara Chandra, Jiru Jia, Claudia Zh Tan, and BFA Knitwear Design graduate Beam Ratchapol Ngaongam showcased their thesis collections along with BFA Textile Design students Jack Gunnin and Pamela Toribio. MFA Fashion Design student Chelsea Grays presented the prototypes of her thesis collection.

According to CFDA, last year, FFGS18 was attended by more than 600 industry professionals, and graduates were subsequently placed at Reebok, Proenza Schouler, Thom Browne, Ralph Lauren, and more, and featured editorially in Vogue, Vogue Italia, and WWD.

As part of the CFDA’s ongoing Educational Initiatives and through the support of Reebok and Dia & Co, FFGS19 was integrated with the 8th annual CFDA Fashion Education Summit. The program invited academic leadership to engage in a 360 open dialogue and idea-exchange centered on diversity and inclusion in fashion and the role of sustainable innovation as a lever of transforming fashion systems.

Learn more about FFGS2019 at website. Click on designers’ names to review their online showcase.