FIT in Florence

FIT in Florence

May 4, 2016
by Rose
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We Made It!

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The event that we Fashion Design 2 students had been working towards all semester finally took place last week… Our exhibition and graduation! Over the past four months, we have been tirelessly working on two massive projects that were focused around the theme of the exhibition: “Elements of the Code” and spanned across all of our core classes. Each student acquired inspiration from part of the Stibbert museum in different ways, whether focusing on a specific artifact, like an Ottoman rifle inlaid with stone, or actual parts of the museum itself, such as the marble walls and glass chandeliers. We then created a lingerie collection based on part of the museum and the two elements, earth and fire, and a cocktail collection inspired by another aspect of the museum along with water and air. We then spent the entire semester making these ideas come to life through illustration in our Fashion Art and Design course, technical work in our Flats and Specs and Product Data Management courses, and by physically creating one garment from each collection in Draping.

Me and my friend, Corinne, beside my dress - Look at that freshly obtained laurel wreath and diploma!

Me and my friend, Corinne, beside my dress – Look at that freshly obtained laurel wreath and diploma!

Ephie's dress on display.

Ephie’s dress on display.

The exhibition was absolutely amazing because it enabled us to show the fruits of our (seemingly endless) labor and to have our classmates, professors, and loved ones see the products of so much hard work and creativity. The evening began with a beautiful graduation ceremony within the Stibbert museum with speeches by our beloved Professors Vivarelli and Cardelli, our guest critic, Fiona Petroni Granata, the head of the program, Professor Kaplan, and our dear fellow student, Stephanie Skinner. Mr. Ferruccio Ferragamo then said a few words and, one by one, awarded us each our diplomas after a laurel crown (the Italian version of a graduation cap) was placed upon our heads. Then, after this beautiful, touching ceremony came to a close, we were free to lead our guests around and show them our final projects.

We made it!

Ready to graduate!

The graduating class!

The graduating class with Mr. Ferragamo, Professor Kaplan, Professor Vivarelli, and Professor Cardelli.

This exhibition was quite special because it was held directly within the Stibbert museum and the garments on display were shown throughout many different rooms, each placed next to the object or decoration that inspired them. Through this kind of setup, guests were able to walk through the entire museum and see every student’s garments displayed in various settings among priceless artifacts and gorgeous decorative items from all over the world. Our artwork was shown separately, in the Limonaia, a lovely, open space in another building, in which the reception took place.

Angelica's dress on display.

Angelica’s dress on display.

Paige, an FMM student, looking through our portfolios in the Limonaia.

Paige, an FMM student, looking through our portfolios in the Limonaia.

This is a day that I will never forget and certainly a year that I will never forget. Over many months, many countries, and many new, unforgettable experiences, I hope that you have enjoyed all of my posts on the blog as I have gone through this incredibly rewarding year and if you ever want to know more about living in Florence and studying abroad, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Lots of love,

Rose Chiarello

April 23, 2016
by May
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37 Questions With May Hein

Inspired by Vogue’s “73 Questions” series, I decided to do a “37 Questions” video with my friends’ help for my last blog post of the academic year! In the video, I talk about my time studying abroad in Florence, Italy, and the scholarships that helped me fund it, including Benjamin Gilman Scholarship. Check it out!

I hope you enjoyed the video! (Even though I was stumbling over my words!! I don’t know how the celebs do it.) I also hope I’ve managed to encourage you to study abroad. It’s an experience that you will not regret! Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any question regarding scholarships, Italy, gelato or pizza – I do better when I’m off-camera. :p

Thanks for following the blog! I wish you the best of luck!

Un abraccio,

May

April 17, 2016
by Stephanie
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Hiking through Tuscany

View from Fiesole

View from Fiesole

This past weekend a group of us, lead by our fearless leader Professor Iozzi, hiked through the hills of Tuscany. It was a beautiful sunny day, blue skies with not a cloud in sight. We started the morning with quick bus ride from Florence to the hilltop town of Fiesole. It’s a small town with a big view.

Fiesole town center

Fiesole town center

From Fiesole we headed through what used to be a rock quarry and the location of Leonardo da Vinci’s first flight attempt, which is now named Piazza Leonardo. We continued on up through the hills. We walked through beautiful vineyards along quiet paths. We passed the occasional fellow hiker on their way back down. Once half way through our ascent we took a break in beautiful opening in the trees.

Our rest stop half way up.

Our rest stop half way up.

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After our quick water break we headed up higher.  We spent about three hours in total walking to the top. It was beautiful, warm, and so quiet. There were no buses and vespas whipping around. It was just our little group and nature. Once we arrived to the top, we all laid down enjoyed the day, some of us taking quick naps. It was a great way to de-stress and get a really good workout in. It was the perfect way to spend this spectacular spring day.    

At the top of the mountain

At the top of the mountain

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Along the way

Along the way