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FIT in Florence

September 23, 2016
by Alexandra

Firenze Firsts

Ciao, amici! It has been a whirlwind first few weeks in this magical Renaissance city and I couldn’t be happier to be in the land of pizza, gelato, and Prada!

Although I’ve only been here a short time compared to the rest of the eight months I will be studying in Firenze, that hasn’t stopped me from exploring, seeing, and experiencing as much as I can.

Here are some of my “Firenze Firsts,” everything from my first gelato (#lifechanging) to my very first day of università.

First Gelato

I’d also like to refer to this as the day my life became significantly more enriched…My very first gelato came from La Carraia, which has also been considered my favorite so far. A small cup will charge you as little as 1,50! I highly recommend the fondente (dark chocolate) paired with peanut butter, which is a chocolate or Reese’s lovers dream.


The first of many…

First Glance at the Duomo

One of those “pinch me” moments hit me on my first night here. My friends and I decided to walk around a bit and get acquainted with the city, and there it was. P.S. it’s pretty hard to miss! The Duomo is without a doubt Firenze’s most iconic symbol and there’s a reason for that, it’s absolutely miraculous.


First Pizza

Do we see a reoccurring food theme here? My first pizza came from O’Munaciello in Santo Spirito. I went classic with a margherita and was amazed! A traditional Neapolitan pizzeria with an even better setting.


Italia has stole a pizza my heart

First Day of Università

FIT in Florence is lucky enough to be studying at Polimoda International Institute of Fashion Design & Marketing because not only is the school absolutely stunning, but the classes, professors, and fellow students are equally as wonderful.


First Adventure

During orientation week, we were able to sign up for some option field trips to attend. One of these included visiting Fiesole, a small town right outside of Florence, with some beautiful panoramic views of the city! I got the chance to walk around, hike to the top and see the city from afar, and of course, enjoy some gelato. Plus, what are the odds that we crashed two weddings within the span of minutes?! Only in Italia.

My time in Firenze thus far has opened my eyes and instilled my desire to travel and learn as much as I can and to soak up every experience I have. I know there will be many more memorable moments along the journey, and I can’t wait to share them with you all!

Con amore,


May 4, 2016
by Rose

We Made It!


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,