Ben Ellis presented his collection at the Academy of Art University 2016 Graduation Fashion Show in San Francisco on May 11th, 2016. Ellis, B.F.A. Menswear Design, is an artist and adventurer, a free spirit with a diverse skillset who has traveled all over the world. Born and raised in the breathtaking landscape of Anchorage, Alaska, Ellis has strong ties to his community and environment.
Having seen first hand the dramatic deterioration of the native Alaskan habitat, Ellis upholds ethical and sustainable practices in his own design work. His graduation collection is inspired by the Fauvism oeuvre of French artist Andre Derain. Ellis employed durable, functional fabrics like denim and jersey for the majority of his designs, as he believes fashion should not only look good, but feel good, too.
He even took an extra eco-friendly step and repurposed fabric from thrift stores and donated t-shirts for his collection. He was awarded the 2016 California Fashion Foundation Scholarship for Menswear.
Photos Source: Academy of Art University