Frank Tsai, M.F.A. Fashion Design, was born and raised in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Before attending Academy of Art University, he earned a B.S. Degree in Fashion Design and Merchandising, was awarded high honors for his undergraduate fashion show, and worked as the Marketing Manager for FU YU Clothing Company.
His Fall 2014 menswear collection was inspired by the mood and emotion of an international photography collection, entitled “Beauty in Decay.” He collaborated with Andrea Nieto, B.F.A. Textiles Design, who created the textiles for their collection.
Andrea Nieto, B.F.A. Textile Design, grew up in Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia. She is on the Academy of Art University President’s Honor List with a GPA of 3.855, and was recently awarded a $10,000 scholarship through the YMA Scholarship Fund as a Geoffrey Beene National Scholar.
For the 2013 Graduation Fashion Show, Andrea created the textile designs for B.F.A. Fashion Design student Shumpei Okamoto’s senior collection. Her work in the 2013 show earned her an internship at BCBGMAXAZRIA, which was offered to her after show attendees Max and Lubov Azria viewed her work. For Fall 2014, she collaborated on a collection with Frank Tsai, M.F.A. Fashion Design; her textile designs were inspired by personal struggle, raw emotion, and the different stages of the healing process.