Fashion Sketching and Millinery - Florence, Italy

June 1 July 4, 2008 (Summer A)

Italy has long been regarded as a purveyor of exquisitely-made fashion items and home to highly-skilled tailors and seamstresses. From the days of the Renaissance, tailored elegance played an important role in Italian society. In the 16th century, Baldassare Castiglione wrote the famous Book of Courtier to instruct Italian aristocracy on how modes of dress and personal appearance were important features of courtly life. During the 20th century, Italy began to attract serious world attention as an industrial and cultural force rivaling both Paris and New York. Early collections inspired by Missoni, Versace and Armani, plus a steady stream of other high-profile designers have turned Italy into a destination that all aspiring designers should experience at least once.

The AIU Fashion Sketching and Millinery program gives students insight into the history of Italian fashion and how its heritage of technical excellence and style is manifested in today's Italian designs.The program examines the heritage of Italian fashion and the aesthetic beauty that inspired it. Based primarily in the city of Florence, the program will use the city's fashion and artistic resources to complement classroom activity.

Academic Program Format

While in Florence, you are enrolled in two courses:
  • FAS 230 Fashion Sketching
    Prerequisites: FAS 104 or equivalent
    This course explores the skills required for this growing specialty in the fashion industry. The stylist creates the visual fashion story whether it is for art, photography, video, window display, advertising, promotions or fashion shows. You will have the opportunity, in groups, to spend time in a photographic studio and on location to develop an understanding of the role of the stylist on fashion shoots.
  • FAS 327 Accessories (Millinery)
    Prerequisites: ENG 101, FAS 108
    This course introduces students to the principles of designing and constructing basic shapes of hats using various materials. The student will also study some history of hats and learn to recognize hat styles.

Cultural Activities Beyond the Classroom

You will be given access to cultural activities that are designed to complement your academic studies and provide an appreciation of Central Italy's cultural heritage.

Program fee includes:

  • Tuition and related fees for two classes.
  • Apartment-style housing accommodations within central Florence (usually twin rooms with ensuite communal lounge and kitchen facilities) for the duration of the program.
  • Full orientation program upon arrival in Florence.
  • Academic visits.
  • Cultural activities program.

Florence Program Scheduling

Limited space is available in this program. All applications will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis. For detailed information, contact the AIU Study Abroad Program office at 1-800-255-6839 or use the following links:
American InterContinental University Study Abroad Programs
3150 West Higgins Road, Suite 150 · Hoffman Estates, IL 60169 · ph: 1.800.255.6839 · fx: 1.847.885.8422
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