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Backstage With NYFW’s Emerging Designers

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There is something magical about New York Fashion Week that’s not just about celebrities or runways. The up-and-coming designers that dedicate endless hours, mood boards and inspiring messages with apparel are what make this time of year highly memorable for all industry members.

At The Art Institutes Spring 2017 NYFW show last week, nine young designers presented their collections to the public. Challenged with a “destination” theme, the designers developed an eclectic mix of styles, varying from ’60s London to futuristic wearable technology.

Esther Ashiru, a recent graduate from The Art Institute of Vancouver’s BFA Fashion Design program, created opulent evening wear for her collection. According to Ashiru, her line is, “That perfect couture dress that royalty can wear in the city of lights.” Ashiru’s collection showcased many red carpet staples, including a gray satin gown, in addition to a sequined bustier with a matching skirt.

“If my fashion career ended tonight, I would be satisfied,” said Adrian Escoto, who recently graduated from the AAS Fashion Design program at The Art Institute of New York City. Escoto didn’t originally pursue a fashion path, but he was always interested in sketching and designing apparel. He decided to switch gears and enroll in the AAS Fashion Design program, where he mastered sewing and was eventually selected to showcase his work at NYFW. Escoto’s denim clothing collection highlighted the classy, elegant and tough style of today’s New York women.

The show featured other talented designers, including Bianca Zidik from The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago, Melody Hernandez from The Art Institute of Vancouver, Julissa Arrington from The Art Institute of Dallas, Devon Pezzano from The Art Institute of Philadelphia, Mimmy Begazo from Miami International University of Art & Design, René Mejia from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and Maria D’Ocon from Miami International University of Art & Design.

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