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Fashion Week in Milan

HELLO Tigers!

As many of you may know Milan Fashion Week just passed and it was very exciting to take a look into all the action. We had various industry appointments throughout the week, some of which were very, very, helpful towards the skills you may need in the fashion design world.

With a mix of classic and modernity, this city is sure going to make you stop and look, everywhere you go. And well, the first visit we made was to the Ferré Foundation, located in the heart of Milan’s new fashion and design district, Zona Tortona. The Gianfranco Ferré Foundation was established with the goal of sharing the work of “the architect of fashion”, Gianfranco Ferré. We had the opportunity to view a database created to showcase drawings, photographs, videos, and even runway photographs dating back to his earliest collections. We even got to analyze and touch some of the garments that were part of collections!

Ferré Foundation Presentation

Ferré Foundation Presentation

Ferré Foundation Archives

Ferré Foundation Archives

Next stop, the MUDEC (Museo delle Culture di Milano), an amazing space with two great exhibitions. One was from artist Paul Klee, which features a selection of his works on the theme of “primitivism”, and an embrace to the period of Western art.

Paul Klee paintings

Paul Klee paintings

The other exhibition was of a very well-known artist, well his artworks are very well-known, because it is still a mystery who he really is. Can you guess? If you said Bansky, you are right! The exhibition showcases works, including painting, prints, sculptures, CD covers, and memorabilia, which all together demonstrate the way of thinking of Bansky.

Bansky Print - Girl with Red Balloon

Bansky Print – Girl with Red Balloon

Getting away from the fast-paced ambience that Milan can be, we took a bus through mountain roads that guided us to Como, the city of precious silk. An important part of this short trip, was a stop at the Ratti Factory, where we explored the world of silk printing. It is known as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of printed, plain, yarn-dyed and jacquard fabrics, luckily, we were able to see samples of the whole process from start to finish. They work with private clients and pret-à-porter brands, some of which include: Hermès, Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Ferragamo, among others!

Ratti Factory thread rack

Ratti Factory thread rack

Ratti Factory machine at work

Ratti Factory machine at work, weaving with many color threads

So far, this has just been half of the trip! If you want to read more about it, stay tuned and next week I will be posting some more amazing experiences that happened throughout the week.

 

Ciao, Maria

A Trip To Turin!

HELLO EVERYONE!

Today I’m going to share with all of you the experience of our weekend trip to Turin, Italy!

During our study abroad program we have a couple of academic trips, one of them for this semester was going to Turin. Turin is located a couple of hours by train from Florence.

As we arrived and walked the French-styles streets of Turin, from almost every spot, my eye was always caught by the most iconic symbol of this city, the Mole Antonelliana. Originally designed to be a synagogue, now hosts the Museo Nazionale Del Cinema. It is considered to be the tallest building in the world without steel reinforcement!

An outside picture of the Mole Antonelliana

An outside picture of the Mole Antonelliana

We visited the Museo Nazionale del Cinema and being guided by our art history professor we experienced the evolution of film. With a maze-like and multi-level exhibition you are for sure not going to be bored. From pre-cinematographic optical devices, earlier and current film technologies, stage items from early Italian movies and interactive displays! After the tour we took an elevator that ran through the heart of the building all the way to the top. A breathtaking view of 360 degrees of the city was awaiting.  This was definitely a highlight of the trip, with a view to the Italian Alps in the distance!

View of Turin from the top of the Mole Antonelliana

View of Turin from the top of the Mole Antonelliana

The next day, we visited The Chapel of the Holy Shroud, a Baroque-style Roman Catholic chapel connected to the Palazzo Royale.  The chapel was constructed to house the Shroud of Turin, a religious relic

that many believe to be the burial shroud of Jesus. It’s history and architecture are beautiful and very inspiring!

Architecture of the Chapel of the Shroud of Turin

Architecture of the Chapel of the Shroud of Turin

This trip was culturally rich and if you ever have the chance to study in Italy, I definitely suggest you add this lovely city to your travel itinerary!

Ciao, Maria

 

Florence, Italy at Your Hands!

HELLO FELLOW TIGERS!!

My name is Maria, I have started my 4th semester in FIT. However, I started classes a little far away from campus. Where? In Florence, Italy! Now you may ask “what is she doing over there?” Well let me explain….

At FIT there are many options for studying abroad, it all depends on the major you are studying. As a fashion design student one of my options was to study in the “the cradle of the renaissance”, that is Florence, Italy. And so I chose this option for my second year of AAS.

You cannot imagine how excited I was to start my journey abroad. In the month of August (2018) I had my bags all packed and ready for what was coming. I heard great stories about my classmates’ experiences abroad and was ready to start my own.

Our host in Florence is Polimoda fashion institute right in the historic center. The main campus itself is a gem, with frescoed ceilings and walls, it sure takes you back in time. The design lab in Scandicci has everything you need for the realization of projects. Since the program admits a certain number of students, professors are by your side to assist you.

In the following blogs I will be going in deeper into my experiences during the last and this upcoming semester.

Ciao, Maria

A view of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo

Florence, Italy: A view from Piazzale Michelangelo

Hong Kong Bucket List

Hi everyone!
If you read my last post, you’ll know I’m headed to Hong Kong for an exchange semester with Hong Kong Polytechnic University!  As I pack up to leave, I thought I would share what is on my bucket list to do while I am there.
Hong Kong Disney Land
I’d love to go see Hong Kong Disney land, and see what it is like compared to my experiences at home with Disney!
Go to a Concert
One of my favorite things to do in NYC is catch a show of a band I like, and it would be super cool to have that experience on the other side of the world!  Unfortunately tour dates might not align, but I would love to see one of my favorite bands abroad if I have the chance.
Visit the Beaches!
Hong Kong is not just an jam packed cityscape, it also has beautiful beaches as it has loads of coastline.  I love going to the beach, and hope to check out a few different options.
Find a Favorite Coffee Shop
Going out for coffee with friends or with homework is so relaxing, and I want to find a local spot I love to study and socialize at.
Visit Starbucks and McDonalds
I know I can do this any day in New York but I’m curious to try the local specials!  I read an article that showcased special soft-serve flavors that are sometimes served at Hong Kong McDonalds locations, and I’m eager to taste-test.
Shop at the Night Markets
Hong Kong is infamous for its beautiful night markets, where vendors serve food and sell a variety of items.  I’d love to get a souvenir or two from one!
Attend a Sporting Event
Rugby and Equestrian sports are very popular in Hong Kong, and I have never been to an event for either.  It would be really cool to go and cheer on a team or horse!
I’m sure many more things will get added to this list, especially as I explore!  As I accomplish something on the list, I’ll share here so you can follow along.
Sam

I’m Going to Hong Kong!

Hi everyone!

Soon I will be embarking on a semester abroad in Hong Kong!  FIT has a direct exchange with Hong Kong Polytechnic University, which means I can complete my Production Management major required classes while I am abroad. Learn more about FIT’s study abroad programs here.

Studying abroad is something I wanted to do during my college experience, and I am excited to have the chance to spend the whole semester!  FIT offers semester-long programs, as well as ones that take place during Winter and Summer breaks.  I am taking my major classes at my host university, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, which means I stay on-track to graduate.  FIT’s curriculum is very focused on your major classes, so I am glad I will not fall behind while I am away.  Also, studying and interning in Production Management means a lot of discussion about international manufacturing.  Hong Kong and China are two massive players in the apparel manufacturing realm- studying there will give me plenty of chances to better understand the local customs, geography, and to make connections.

Studying abroad is not only a great way to learn, but to have fun!  While I am there I would like to make a trip (or two!) to Japan and to Hong Kong Disney Land.  I’m looking forwards to visiting the night markets, checking out local cafes, and going to the beautiful beaches they have there.
I will be blogging here all along the way, from what my classes are like to fun activities I get to partake in!  Be sure to follow along.
Best,
Sam