By  on April 28, 2009

Students graduating last week from the School of Fashion at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco might say their B.F.A.’s and M.F.A.’s are proof of surviving a fashion boot camp rooted in London’s Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design. Two Saint Martins graduates, Gladys Perint Palmer and Simon Ungless, lead the fashion school, sticking to the Saint Martins way of requiring fashion design students to do it all, from sketching and pattern making to fabric design and sewing. After that, they can break the rules.

“Some students want to start without a solid concept,” said Ungless, before the graduation fashion show. “They want to shock you, but they don’t get very far in the design process.” This spring the school awarded 54 B.F.A.’s and 26 M.F.A.’s.

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