Why study fashion in a classroom when you can experience it abroad?
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As the famous designer Coco Chanel once said, “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street; fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” And this week, fashion is definitely in Paris, France.
The kick-off to the 2011 Paris Fashion Week began on September 27th and wraps up on October 5th. With approximately 150 designers showing over seven days, the glamorous week is full of designers showcasing their new collections for the fashion press, retail buyers and others with influence in the fashion world.
It’s an honor for a designer to have a runway show in Fashion Week, and chances are it comes after years of hard work and dedication. What came before that? Likely, a degree in fashion design or merchandising, college internships and just maybe a study abroad program helped to launch the success of today’s leading fashion designers.
Now’s the time to build your resume and gain the hands-on experience you’ll need to land your first fashion design job out of college. Imagine studying fashion and design in the fashion capital of the world. Make it a reality with a fashion study abroad program.
Why do a fashion study abroad program?
- Build your resume and strengthen your credentials
- Broaden your network of professional contacts in the fashion industry
- Learn a new language and experience a new culture and its fashion trends.
There are some things that just can’t be read in a text book or taught in the classroom. Studying fashion abroad will allow you to have cultural context for the concepts and techniques you’ve already learned while broadening your horizon and appreciation for the industry.
Studying fashion abroad in a place like Paris, London or Milan will allow you to live and breathe the very essence of the fashion culture in your daily life. The cities are famous for their luxury brands, many of which are produced in the cities’ workshops and sold in the cities’ flagship department stores. In fact, textile designers still hand weave cloth and create embroidery for brands like Chanel and Lesage.
Not only will you have the opportunity to experience the traditional crafts of the fashion industry as you study abroad, but if you land an internship during your study abroad program you’ll bring even more to the table once it’s time for you to find a job post-graduation. Who knows, you could even find yourself at the next Paris Fashion Week as an intern!