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SF's Academy of Art University thinks it's about time to take fashion styling seriously, offering the first (in the U.S.) accredited, four-year BFA in the trade beginning this fall semester. The program will be headed by the styling director at the University's School of Fashion, Flore Morton, a graduate of a similar styling program at the l'École supérieure des arts appliqués Duperré in Paris. With an impressive resume featuring the likes of Pierre Hardy, Martin Margiela, and Jean Paul Gaultier (while at Hermés) as advisers, Morton is well poised for showing styling students the ropes.
The curriculum is set to include styling, producing, and art directing for print and online media outlets, ad campaigns, catalogs, look books, fashion shows and videos, as well as working with personal clients. And with Bay Area fashion companies on the rise (thanks in large part to fashion start ups), styling opportunities abound. From the looks of it, SF is about to take styling next level.—Esther Hahn
·San Francisco's Academy of Art University to Offer Fashion Styling BFA [Women's Wear Daily]
·School of Fashion, Academy of Art University [Official Site]
·Flore Morton [Offical Site]