On November 5-6th, we took an academic trip to one of the most beautiful places in Italy, Venice. In Venice, we visited one of the most prestigious contemporary art exhibitions, La Biennale, which includes the fine arts, film, architecture, music, performance, and more.
We split up into two groups when we got there, both included guided tours around the various pavilions. Our tour-guides were very insightful, as they explained the artists’ outlooks and artworks. My group started our tour in the British pavilion where we got to enjoy a delicious cup of tea on the building’s balcony. After touring around a few other pavilions, we were let to explore the grounds of the Biennale on our own.
There were artists from all over the world, from Europe, to South America, to Asia, many of which are very different from each other, however they all really captivated the essence of their countries’ traditions.
The Biennale is definitely an event to attend if you want to a universal collection of contemporary artwork. It was a good break from all the Renaissance Italian art that we’ve been seeing.
Many of us FIT bloggers so far have written about Milan, but I feel as if I should elaborate on the the fashion trade show, WHITE, because it has been one of the most exciting fashion events I’ve ever been to and the most exciting even during our stay there. WHITE is for buyers that are interested in new labels for their store, and also for the press to help expose new talent to the world.
As a first year fashion design student, demotivation is something that will happen, since in the beginning you need to learn how to adjust yourself to be precise, which is something very difficult to do. However, this event allowed me to see what happens after the struggle of learning the technical processes of designing. There is an endless sea of creativity, and this can definitely be seen at WHITE.
We got to interact with new designers that are eager to put their collection out there to the world. Some designers and brands that caught my attention were: PAOLA BALZANO, A-LAB MILANO, CC KUO, VALENTINA DE PIETRI, KTZ, LONDON INK (they have cool t-shirt prints), THE TEXTILE REBELS (they have very bold all-over prints on jackets and sweaters), and UNFLEUR. However, there are hundreds of designers in womenswear, menswear, accessory design, and footwear, that participate in this event. The best part is that the designer can actually express their mindset to you about their collection and their vision.
A designer that really inspired me was Paola Balzano. She has a very artistic and innovative vision that she put to practice through her collection that she was showcasing. She used her paintings as the prints that would be on her garments, which I thought was really great because I feel as if sometimes people believe that painting and fashion needs to be two separate things. As a future designer, I would also like to incorporate some of my personal artworks into my fashion.
Besides the amazing fashion, you can get a lot of free magazines, or even buy fashion magazines that aren’t usually sold at your local newsstand, which is great.
I think if an opportunity comes up for you to go to a fashion trade show, say yes. It’s an amazing event!
Many people have mixed feelings about college and how they’ll adjust themselves to this environment. Many are scared, many are confident, many, like me, don’t have expectations of the school, but of themselves.
I am part of a community of 8 first year Fashion Design students here in Florence, and I can say that everyone is very unique in how they view fashion and art. I saw some of us struggling in certain classes while others where excelling. Everyone had their weak and strong points in each class. Personally, I like to classify myself as a perfectionist, so when I “fail” at something it can really ruin my mood. However, after some discussion with family and friends, I realized that I shouldn’t be upset that I didn’t do as well as I thought I would. It’s just the beginning of my fashion school career and I can’t bring myself down. No one should be bringing themselves down. We all came here to learn; we’re the new blank canvases of the fashion world.
Anyway, I just wanted to write something comforting for my first post. Tomorrow some of us will be visiting Siena, so I will upload some photos of the trip.
– Irene M.