Academy of Art in San Francisco, founded in 1929 as an Academy for Advertising Art by Richard Stephens, has been participating in the New York Fashion Week for 13 years as of 2018. The school never fails to participate, and this year is absolutely no exception.
However, this year, students have been given a unique and meaningful challenge; inclusion. Specifically, inclusion of those with disabilities.
The panel for this year also represents this years Fashion Week message, with three of its members having a disability themselves. They are challenging and encouraging students to think of ways to design clothes that could not only be worn by those with disabilities, but also make them more comfortable in their day to day lives.
What many people take for granted is their ability to simply get dressed, sometimes multiple times throughout the day. To easily layer up and layer down. Things that those who are wheelchair bound or extremely sensitive to certain materials typically find difficult.
Students are being asked to design something that not only makes these people-for they are, indeed, PEOPLE-looked good, but also feel good.
Academy of Art is the largest privately owned post graduate school, with thousands of students being accepted every year. Their rigorous courses may be daunting to many, but those who do graduate from this school never fail to prove themselves to be talented artists, animators, and, of course, fashion designers. These students enter the Academy of Art with a passion for various forms of beauty, and they leave the school with more skills than they had before to further bring their versions of beauty into the world. This year, the Academy of Art’s fashion design students are bringing an incredibly important and meaningful kind of beauty back out in to the world; inclusion of our disabled brothers and sisters.
As a film producer, Lawrence Bender has seen a large quantity of success, but this was not always what he had in mind for a career. His original intentions, upon attending the University of Maine, was to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps by becoming a civil engineer. Even though he earned his degree, these plans didn’t work out.
Movie-goers should be thrilled in knowing that Lawrence Bender didn’t become a civil engineer. Without Lawrence Bender, movies like Kill Bill, Good Will Hunting, and Pulp Fiction would not exist. Bender has worked with some of the greatest names in Hollywood, both actors and directors, such as Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, Matt Damon, and Tim Roth.
Lawrence Bender has also produced documentaries and television series. One of the television shows produced by Bender was Earthsea, a miniseries produced for SyFi Network.
The original Earthsea is a series of novels created by Ursula K. Le Guin. The television adaptation was a two-part, two-night event. Earthsea is set in a high fantasy, medieval setting and follows a young man named Ged.
Ged lives in a time of peril. A tyrant named King Tygath is plotting to release the Nameless Ones, a group of demons that may hold the secret to immortality. Ged later learns that he is the subject of a prophecy, and he is a wizard. Ged is taught a spell from an old woman and uses it to save his village.
Ged eventually meets a few fellow heroes, and they team up to stop the release of the Nameless Ones. Ged and his group of comrades are not successful, and Tygath releases the demons, flying off with them into the sky. It is around this time that Ged realizes the secret to defeating them. Ged takes two peaces of an amulet and combines them, creating The Amulet of Peace, banishing the Nameless Ones yet again.
An Inconvenient Truth
This is a documentary produced by Lawrence Bender about global warming and climate change. The movie features the thoughts and ideas of Al Gore in regards to the important issue of global warming.
Bender also produced a less popular sequel to the documentary that talked about the dangers of nuclear war.