nina_hui_designerNina Nguyen Hui, MFA Fashion Design, was born and raised in Da Nang, Vietnam. While studying at Academy of Art University, she interned atwon a competition to intern in BCBG Max Azria where she created samples using macramé and other craft techniques.

Her looks were featured in the “Celebrating 30 Years of Hervé Léger” Collection at the 2015 Graduation Fashion Show. Her thesis collection is inspired by sea corals and the organic nature of their patterns. Sea coral can be fierce and unforgiving but also exhibit a soft beauty that is both powerful and fragile. Her interest in learning various techniques shows throughout her designs that feature elaborate tambour beading, embroidery, and laser cutting.

The collection: (1) Embroidered grey blue dress, (2) Pink and grey embroidered dress and cropped jacket, (3) Navy blue embroidered dress, (4) Coral pink and grey embroidered dress, (5) Grey blue dress with embroidered top

The accessory de rigueur are the acrylic eyewear designed and created by Yolanda Chiu, MFA Jewelry and Metal Art.

This is the 20th Showing of the Academy of Art at New York Fashion Week. This season, the School of Fashion at Academy of Art University selected thirteen 13 students to debut their Spring 2017 collections

“Since our first runway presentation at New York Fashion Week in September 2005, the show has grown in size and in the caliber of those in attendance such as retail executives, designers, recruiters, as well as the national and international media,” said Dr. Elisa Stephens, President of Academy of Art University. “We have always been committed to help launch the careers of our students, and are honored to have a platform of this magnitude to present their work.”

“This season each of designers holds a unique and thoughtful vision,” said Simon Ungless, Executive Director of the School of Fashion at Academy of Art University. “Their collections honor the essence of our industry and carry a conscientious connection to textile design, three-dimensional design, tailoring and construction techniques, they honor the essence of our industry. It has been a pleasure for all of us in the School of Fashion to guide them while preserving their individuality and integrity.”