Experience Eco-Fashion in Shanghai

Fashion Design Studies in China

The tradition of slow fashion, along with ecological considerations is a focal point in the fashion industry today. Discover where traditional Chinese arts collide with modern methods to form a unique fashion viewpoint.

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Sojourn – Gain a better understanding of the community you’re visiting. Learn about different religions or spiritual practices. How do these impact the communities? How does religion or spirituality influence local traditions?

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Savor – Will you choose sweet or savory? Take the time to visit local markets and discover unique local ingredients. Learn how to prepare traditional meals & local favorites.

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Tip of the Tongue – Each morning, take the time to learn a few basic greetings and phrases in the local language. Learn how to write greetings & your name in the local script.

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A Wrinkle in Time – History influences our present. Discover the history of the country you visit. Hear the stories of your guides & their family history. Where do they come from?

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Journal Journeys – Take some time to reflect on the day’s events and document your journey. Spend a moment journaling about the day had & day ahead. These are memories for a lifetime!

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Culture – From local dances, festivals, or simple gestures to communicate – all of these make up a country’s culture. Learn and practice cultural norms & how to show respect in the culture you visit.

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Your journey to study fashion in Shanghai, which has been dubbed the “Oriental Paris,” begins at Pudong International Airport. As your guide takes you to your hotel, you can see and feel the inspiration Shanghai has to offer.

After settling into your hotel, join your like-minded fashion students for a group dinner and an introduction to the city by your guide.

Your Shanghai fashion journey begins with a private tour of the premier South Bund Fabric Market. Your leader is one of Shanghai’s most popular social media fashionista influencers. There are hundreds of tailor shops in the market and they will produce anything you desire just from a photo. Your influencer will assist you in choosing the perfect outfit for a photo shoot with a professional photographer, creating awe-inspiring photos.

Relax as your cruise takes you on a sightseeing trip down the Huangpu River where you can enjoy the colonial era architecture of The Bund. Dinner will be at a local establishment; you can feast on dumplings (xiaolongbao). 

Take an after-dinner stroll through the trendy Xintiandi quarter steeped in European glamour.

After a tour of the university, settle into a seminar on apparel merchandising that explores a slow fashion, ecologically-friendly viewpoint. IFA Paris, Shanghai University is a joint venture in fashion education that began in 2002.

As you explore the school, you may consider a semester abroad studying at IFA Paris in Shanghai. It would be a fashion education experience like no other.

Explore the Chinese tradition of fabric dyeing. This hands-on workshop will immerse you in the fashion culture as you explore staining techniques used for generations. At the end of the workshop, you will have a dyed fabric length suitable as a scarf or to be cut; as a memento of your trip.

Scallion noodles, wonton soup, fried dumplings and sticky rice are on the menu as you visit local dim sum establishments. Linger at the Bird and Flower Market where the sweet floral fragrance will be etched in your memory forever.

Return to IFA Paris, Shanghai University to explore their apparel department. Your tour includes a peek into their extensive design studios and hands-on student workshops.

Attend a drawing session, where you can draft Chinese inspired street clothing for your future fashion line.

Join a group of current IFA students for dinner and learn about their time at IFA and their future dreams, a great opportunity to explore if IFA is right for you.

Explore all that Shanghai has to offer: visit temples, shop at the markets or relax at a spa. Today is your day.

You’ll celebrate your last night in Shanghai with a group dinner. Join your chef for a cooking demonstration that includes a discussion about traditional Chinese food-based therapy.  Dinner will include Chinese dishes like steamed crab, Peking duck, and fried pork buns.

Your time in Shanghai immersed you into the rich Chinese culture. Your visit has inspired your creativity and broadened your ideas of fashion. Your visit to FIA expanded your educational experience; perhaps you will consider a semester abroad there.

To study fashion in Shanghai is more than just a dream — it can be your reality. A culture steeped in ancient tradition married to modern style creates a unique, inspirational experience. Discover if this beautiful city is your semester abroad destination.


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