Study Fashion in Florence, Milan and Rome, Italy
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Arrive in Rome and get acquainted with your guide. Visit the designer boutiques and luxury fashion shops along Via del Corso.
Tonight, you’ll enjoy the elaborate costumes and grand interior at the Virtuosi Dell’Opera di Roma where performances have included “The Barber of Seville” and “La Traviata.”
Start your day by visiting the designer boutiques and luxury fashion shops along Rome’s Via de Condotti. You’ll find everything from Armani and Bulgari to Gucci and Prada.
The Museum of Farnese Garments is your next stop. Located at the Palazzo Farnese, this museum maintains an extensive collection of Renaissance clothing and accessories as well as wool processing tools, 16th-century ceramics and a weaving loom dating to the 1800s.
Today you’ll head to Florence early in the morning, then visit the Gucci Museum and the Ferragamo Museum. Explore the creative minds of these iconic designers through vintage clothing, handbags, shoes, luggage and celebrity gown exhibits.
Next, you’ll pay a visit to the Italian Fashion Design Art Academy Florence. The college offers fashion, design, photography, jewelry and art courses.
This morning, you’ll check out The Costume Gallery. Located in the Meridiana of the Pitti Palace, this costume collection spans the 18th century to the present. You’ll see reconstructed funeral garments from the Medici family, theatre costumes from the Sartoria Tirelli and clothes from Umberto Tirelli. You’ll also visit the fabric restoration facility located within the Meridiana building.
This evening, you’ll take in a show at the Teatro della Pergola Theater. With a history dating to the 18th century, it features a wide variety of performing arts productions.
Today you’ll visit the Textile Museum, which is about 30 minutes from Florence. You’ll explore the art, history and technology of textile production from pre-Columbian and medieval eras to the present day. The museum has a vast collection of items ranging from 15th-century embroidery and vintage fabric to archaeological items, spinning machines and other textile machinery. Afterward, check out the fashion galleries along Via de’Tornabuoni and Via della Vigna Nuova near the Arno River. Famous labels include Roberto Cavalli, Pucci and Bulgari, among many others.
Milan is one of the “Big Four” fashion capitals of the world – along with New York, London and Paris, and that’s where you’re heading this morning. Today is all about Armani and designer shopping. The Armani/Silos Fashion and Art Museum features 40 years of Giorgio Armani’s iconic styles and design themes of Androgynous, Ethnicities and Stars. You’ll also visit the Roberto Cavalli Showroom where you can check out display design and merchandising techniques.
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II is Italy’s oldest shopping mall. You’ll be able to stroll through designer boutiques such as Versace, Prada, Armani and Louis Vuitton. Visit Via Monte Napoleone for ready-to-wear fashion, designer jewelry and upscale Italian shoes. It’s part of the Milan fashion district of Quadrilatero della Moda, one of the most important fashion districts in the world.
On your last morning in Italy, enjoy a cup of Italian cappuccino while strolling along the fashionable avenues of Milan.
Italy has a long history and revered reputation in fashion, design and textiles. Whether you’re a fashion design student or focusing on merchandising, your educational student tour to study fashion in Italy will be unforgettable as it takes you through the past, present and future of apparel design, construction and merchandising.
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