SAN FRANCISCO, Apr 10, 2012/ — Sarah Burton, Creative Director at Alexander McQueen catapulted to world fame when she designed the wedding dress of Catherine Middleton when she married Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.

But, before she became a Creative Director, she interned at Alexander McQueen, and credits Simon Ungless, Director of the School of Fashion, for placing her there. In a story that ran in The New York Times on May 04, 2011, she told Cathy Horyn, “I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for Simon.”

On Thursday, May 3, 2012, Ms. Burton will meet Simon Ungless again; this time at Mr. Ungless milieu, the School of Fashion at Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California when Dr. Elisa Stephens, president of Academy of Art University, will present a Honorary Doctorate degrees to Sarah Burton Philip Treacy, and H.R.H. Princess Reema Bandar Al-Saud.

In this invitation only event, the School of Fashion at Academy of Art University will debut collections from graduating students at the 2012 Graduation Fashion Show and Awards Ceremony.

A well known name in the fashion circle, Philip Treacy, milliner, has collaborated with fashion houses such as Giorgio Armani, Valentino, Givenchy, Prabal Gurung, Gareth Pugh, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karen, and Rifat Ozbek.

In 2007, he was recognized by Her Majesty The Queen for his services to the British Fashion industry and appointed as an honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE). In 2011, he designed 36 hats for the Royal Wedding of the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge. He has even designed hats for Gladys Perint Palmer, Executive Director of the School of Fashion, and her mother.

H.R.H. Princess Reema Bandar Al-Saud has extensive experience in luxury retail and is the CEO of the ALFA and AL HAMA companies that own and operate Harvey Nichols Department Store, Donna Karan, and DKNY stores in Saudi Arabia.

She is also an ardent advocate for Breast Cancer research and awareness in a conservative country that often finds such topics of conversation taboo. Together with Zahra Breast Cancer Association, she led 3,952 Saudi women to achieve the Guinness World Record for the largest human awareness ribbon.

The School of Fashion creates opportunities for guests to interact with students during discussions, classroom visits, and portfolio reviews. These interactions encourage consideration for internship placement from various areas of study including Fashion Design for Women’s Wear, Men’s Wear,
and Children’s Wear; Technical Design; Textile Design; Knitwear Design; Fashion Journalism; Fashion Marketing; Fashion Merchandising; and Visual Merchandising.

On Saturday, May 5th at 2:00 PM, the Fashion Show will be presented to the general public, free of charge.

For more information and to RSVP to the Saturday, May 5th show, please visit:

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