Every year, the Fashion Department offers a semester class in which students have the opportunity to do an in-depth study of fashion in a destination city. The class takes a trip to the destination city to see the iconic sights at the end of the semester. They also visit fashion houses and manufacturing facilities that are normally off-limits to the casual traveler.
The 2013 study tour began in Florence where the students took a walking tour of the city, visited Roberto Cavalli, the Gucci Museum, Uffizi Palace and Museum, and the Scuola del Cuoio leather school.
In Rome they took a walking tour of the city, toured the Vatican, the Coliseum and Trajan's Market.
The study tour trip to Hong Kong & China started with a tour of Hong Kong. We saw many of the typical tourist attractions including Stanley Market, Victoria Peak, and the Aberdeen Fishing Village. Students had a sampan ride to the Floating restaurant for a dim sum lunch. A day trip was schedule to Shenzhen to visit apparel manufacturing and experience shopping in the Shenzhen mall. In Shanghai, students visited a Silk museum, toured the city, and experienced the Shanghai museum with an exhibit on traditional Chinese clothing. The last stop of the trip was Beijing. This was a completely cultural tour of the capital. Students visited the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Temple of Heaven, and climbed the Great Wall.
The students who participated in the 2011 Paris study tour were busy from the minute they landed. Among the places they toured and activities they participated in were: Boat tour of the Seine, Collections exhibit of Yves Saint Laurent, Fashion walking tour of Paris, Musee des Arts decoratifs, Tour of Madame Gres exhibit, Galleries Lafayette fashion show, The Louvre, Versailles, Musee D’Orsay, Musee des Tissus in Lyon, Soieries Bonnet Textile factory tour in Jujurieux, and Centre Pompidou.
The students who went to New York in 2010 took a boat cruise of the New York Harbour, a walking tour financial district, Walking Tour of Central Park, tours of the southside seaport, Chinatown, NBC Studio, Rockefeller Center and the Top of the Rock.
The students visited Lost Arts (Designer of Leather fashion, hand painted tee shirts), Mood Fabrics, Color Association of the US, Women’s Wear Daily, Amsale (Bridal, Evening), Lower Eastside Tenement Museum: Piecing It Together Program, Metropolitan Museum of Art -Docent Tour Costume exhibit: American Woman, and received a tour of Macy’s.
The last night of the trip they saw Wicked on Broadway.
While in Florence the 2009 study group received a tour of Scuola del Cuoio leather school and the Fondazione Arte della Seta LISIO where the mission of the Foundation is to renew and pass on the finest and oldest techniques for hand-weaving silks and precious metals. The students also visited the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo and they attended a lecture at Casa dei Tessuti (House of Fabrics).
In Venice, the students had a private boat excursion to Murano and Burano with glass blowing tours. And finally, they Visited La Mantero textile factory and concept store La Tessiture in Como.
The 2008 trip to Paris and Lyon included visits to the Eiffel Tower, Versailles and other tourist destinations. The students had the opportunity to meet with Alain Lalou in Paris. He gave an in-depth presentation of haute couture bridal fashions and the components necessary to run a successful fashion business.
In Lyon, the students took tours of the Musée Barthélemy-Thimonnier weaving factory and the Musée des Tissus et des Art Deoratif textile museum.