Meet Danni Xu, Art Institute of New York City fashion student

Ever since the Academy of Art University decided to establish a semi-annual presence at New York Fashion Week in 2005, more and more fashion schools have made the leap from the classroom to the runway.  One of the latest is the Art Institute of New York City, and one of those students is Danni Xu.

Xu, a Shanghai native pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree, showed five looks at the Institute’s debut show.  “My collection name is “Segmentation,” and I was inspired by the beauty of sculpture,” she said in an interview with Meniscus Magazine before the show.  “I chose some unique fabrics like neoprene, plastic and linen.”

For Xu, who began her career in China operating an online fashion business selling her own designs, achieving her aim of a 3-D capsule collection required some creativity.  This included the usage of cotton tubes, the incorporation of fabrics normally used for furniture into her pieces and the bleaching of fabrics.

“Real humans can wear a sculpture on their bodies,” Xu said of her potential customers.

For the full interview with Danni Xu and runway footage from her collection, watch our YouTube clip below.

Video: Interview with Danni Xu, Art Institute of New York City

interview and runway footage by Yuan-Kwan Chan / Meniscus Magazine
interview footage by Mai D. Chan / Meniscus Magazine

Photo Gallery: Looks by Danni Xu at New York Fashion Week Spring 2013
photos by Kwai Chan / Meniscus Magazine