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The Art Institute of Phoenix Holds Collaborative Fashion Show Event, “23rd Avenue Collection”

By: The Art Institute of Phoenix Filed under: Fashion

June 9, 2017

Blog post written by Katy Hansen, Design Chair, The Art Institute of Phoenix

23rd Avenue Collections Fashion Show

What is the best thing about producing a fashion show at The Art Institute of Phoenix?  Getting to showcase the incredible talent that exists not only in the Fashion department but in the Culinary, Digital Filmmaking & Video Production, Fashion Marketing & Management, Fashion Design, Visual Design, Animation, and Digital Photography programs as well!  This phenomenal, collaborative effort took place on March 17, 2017 at dusk on the north lawn of The Art Institute of Phoenix with the audience being directed to look at the 23rd Avenue road sign. Guests arrived to lite bites and refreshing “mocktails” followed by a dramatic ice carving demonstration by Chef instructor Leible, which set the tone for a dazzling fashion show complete with paparazzi, film crew, and an audience of over 300 people.

23rd Avenue Collections Dapzury Valenzuela

The fashion show featured 60 models wearing couture collections by 12 students working toward a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design. The stage was enhanced by motion graphics and custom staging.  The Art Institute of Phoenix’s talented Graphic Design students, under the direction of Alison King, conceptualized and created the entire 23rd Avenue Collections brand, staging, and collateral to showcase the final designs of our advanced and graduating students in Fashion Design.  The show concluded with a portfolio “meet and greet” opportunity showcasing the Look Books, sketches, and collateral that represented each designer’s brand. Guests were also treated to photo ops with the models and their designers in front of a custom designed step and repeat.

23rd Avenue Collections Design

See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/3812 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.


About the Author:

Katy Hansen Headshot

Since 2015, Katy Hansen has been employed with The Art Institute of Phoenix as Design/Fashion Director overseeing a team of 30 faculty and managing the following Bachelor of Arts degree programs: Graphic & Web Design, Fashion Marketing & Management, Fashion Design, and Advertising. She began with The Art Institute of Phoenix in 2013, as the Program Coordinator overseeing Fashion Marketing and Fashion Design.  Her extensive experience in the fashion and design industries involves a strong mix of fashion marketing, fashion design, event planning and media combined with extensive teaching, training and project management. 

Prior to working for The Art Institute of Phoenix, Katy was Director and head instructor of Fashion Interior Technology at Metro Tech, a large Career and Technical Program in Phoenix, Arizona. Her career also spans over a decade working for the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles, California in public relations, training, commentating and producing special events.She began her career working for KNBC Television in news and public relations.

Katy received her Masters in Business Administration from Argosy University, Masters in Career and Technical Education from Northern Arizona University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.  She is currently serving on the board of Fashion Group International and the Board of Directors for United Cerebral Palsy.


By: The Art Institute of Phoenix Filed under: Fashion

June 9, 2017

Fashion