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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Jennifer Altomare

The trip was inspiration in several ways. I think the thing that gave me the most to think about in terms of fashion was the various forms of fabric production we were exposed to. Too often I made garments out of what's readily available rather than putting serious thought into what it should be made out of. If I had to pick one visit it would probably be our visit to Gandini where we got a glimpse of how a fabric can be altered to make several different looks and feels.




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Location:Europe

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Josh Boranian

Even though I was half asleep (since we just arrived in Milan), I was very excited to go to Gandini fabrics. I had a small idea of how they influenced the world wide fashion business, but was blown away when our Gandini guide showed us the murals of all the haute fashion on the runway made with their fabrics. When the swatches were brought out, I was able to match some to recent collections. While the rest of the group was buying fabrics I was sitting with a few other students in a room discussing what we just learned when a superbly dressed older woman walked in with an assistant and rummaged through the swatches on the table. We sat and watched her in silence for a minute and I'm sure we all realized at the same moment that it was Mrs. Gandini. She looked up just then and immediately introduced herself and we took pictures and asked a few questions. I don't think I've met anybody that famous and influential and probably never will again.









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Student Impressions

Our Study Abroad trip is at end. We asked our students to take a moment and reflect on their impressions of the Fashion Field Studies (Study Abroad) class. Read on in this blog to see some of their comments.


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Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs exhibit: The Museum of Textiles and Fashion, Paris

The current exhibit at the Museum of Textiles and Fashion in Paris is the Louis Vuitton/Marc Jacobs exhibit. You could walk through the history of Vuitton, ranging from the early days of luggage design, to current accessories and garments of Marc Jacob.







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Paris: Rue du Faubourg St. Honore

In Paris, we spent a few hours on one of the main Fashion streets, Rue du Faubourg St. Honore.






Here we witnessed ateliers and boutiques of fashion designers from all parts of the world. Students looked with different eyes, dependent upon their majors and interests in the fashion field. Some looked at the window displays while others studied the clothing for their design and cut. How exciting it was to witness the global fashion world; on one long street.






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Visit to the Jean Paul Gaultier Boutique

We were fortunate to have the opportunity to visit and receive a guided tour of the Gaultier boutique which is located in a building known as Viviennes in Paris. The boutique manager, Lori, explained how clothing was merchandised within the store, and on the rack.









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Galleries Lafayette Fashion Show

Our days were packed with fashion. Here we are at the Galleries Lafayette, one of the largest department stores in Paris. We were able to watch a fashion show of current Spring 2012 fashions.









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Gobelin Tapestry Atelier: Paris

A visit to the Gobelin Tapestry Atelier in Paris was one of the highlights of our Paris visit. This weaving workshop has created tapestries, many of enormous scale for hundreds of years. We were led through the weaving rooms and allowed to watch artists work on pieces that would take multiple pieces four to five years to complete.



Here is an example of an historic tapestry.



And now, a modern one.



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Location:Paris

Friday, April 6, 2012

La Musee de la Mode et Du Textile, Paris, France

Upon arrival to Paris, we visited the Museum of Fashion and of Textiles, which is part of the Louvre.
Here we are waiting to get in to see the Louis Vuitton/Marc Jacobs exhibit.














And a few images from the street by Vuitton's business.






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Location:Paris, France

Fashion in a different realm

Mesa Study Abroad
By chance we came across a boutique in Lyon, where we watched a hair stylist preparing for a photo shoot. How is this for fashion?





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Location:Lyon, France

La Maison des Canuts

Mesa Study Abroad
While in Lyon, we visited an Atelier to view weaving using Jacquard looms. This was an amazing experience, as it brought home various lessons studied in Conf 140, Textiles, yet again.

Here are some images of the Jacquard loom. As textile and fashion students, we take pride in knowing that the Jacquard loom and it's punch card system was the early predecessor to computers.












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Location:Lyon, France

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

And of course, we have to eat....

Here is Alia Wilkinson, testing the pastries.



And a group dinner..


Andrea Marx and Josh Boranian at lunch.


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Location:Lyon, France

Silk Printing Atelier

We were able to view silk printing and hand-painting of silk at the Silk Atelier in Lyon. Jessica Escalante, below, is trying on her new silk scarf after viewing the process of creating hand printing.









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On to Lyon

We have moved on to the city of Silk and Jacquard weaving. Here we are, in front of a fountain, readying to view the Museum of Textiles and Decorative Arts.



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Location:Lyon, France

Mesa students and Emilio Pucci

Every fashion student wants to see the Pucci boutique in Milan. Who would not love the great graphic designs of this Italian design house.

Here are a few shots.


















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Location:Milan

Gandini Tessuti in Milan

One of our highlights in Milan was our visit to Gandini Tessuti, a company the designs, develops, and creates textiles for designers in the fashion industry worldwide. We were honored to be allowed to see the many beautiful fabrics that they create. From jacquards to velvety, to crepes, to matelasse, we were in awe. The best part was watching our students apply their knowledge of the Textiles class most had already taken at Mesa.
Thank you to Serena and the Gandini staff who graciously took time to share their collection.




















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Location:Milan, Italy

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Street Fashion in Milan

Fashion exists in all forms in Milan.






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