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.
Florence, Italy: A view from Piazzale Michelangelo
In total awe of Lara Tabak, an FIT senior majoring in Fashion Design, who recently won the first ever Inaugural Infor/FIT Fashion Design ICONS Award! This past Friday, she joined designers and celebrities at the Harper’s Bazaar ICONS celebration held at The Plaza. Infor, a leading provider of cloud software for the fashion industry, is in its third year of partnership with the ICONS event.
In addition to walking the red carpet at the event with Kristen Ingersoll, Hearst Magazine International’s Fashion/Entertainment Editor, who wore the butterfly-inspired red carpet gown Tabak designed, she also won $10,000 in scholarship money. This was the inaugural year for the Infor/FIT Fashion Design ICONS Award, which was launched to the foster the next generation of leaders in fashion design.
“The more I learn, the more I feel that there is to learn and I am in the right place for it,” Tabak said. “I am grateful to FIT and my professors who have taught me so much and have helped to prepare me for the incredible opportunity I have been given by Infor and Harper’s Bazaar. The collaboration with such a historical and impressive publication along with a creative and innovative technology company affords me a fabulous welcome into the modern fashion industry.”
Way to go, Lara! Such an inspiration to all FIT students. If you work hard enough, great things really do have a way of finding you. Keep doing incredible things — we’ll be rooting for you every step of the way.