Ancient Fashion Makes a Comeback

Written by: Kelly Allen LdM Fall 2013 Fashion Merchandising major   —————————————————————- Have you ever wondered if fashion trends can resurface after centuries have passed? We see trends from the 20th century come back every once and awhile – neon, combat boots, crop tops – but what about trends from ancient civilizations? I had always…

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Fashion Finds Me

Written by: Kelly Allen LdM Fall 2013 Fashion Merchandising major   ——————————————————— No matter where I travel in Italy, I seem to stumble across something I learned about in my fashion classes. I guess it helps that almost every region in Italy is known for making some kind of contribution to the fashion industry… Nevertheless,…

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Visit to Gommatex

Written by: Kelly Allen LdM Fall 2013 Fashion Merchandising major   ——————————————————– Studying fashion in a country known for its textile industry certainly has its perks! I recently had the chance to accompany some fashion students to Gommatex, a textile company in Prato (a small city near Florence) producing for big designer labels. You’re probably…

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Handmade Techniques: Part I

Written by: Kelly Allen LdM Fall 2013 Fashion Merchandising major   ——————————————————— About two weeks ago, my fashion professors began handing out flyers for a two-part ‘Handmade Techniques’ workshop that LdM is offering its students. Whoever designed these flyers should receive an award for their marketing: the colorful picture on the front had me immediately…

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A Modern Fairytale: The Final Touches

The photo shoot takes place on December 7th, 4:30 PM in via Faenza 48 Written by: Kelly Allen LdM Fall 2013 Fashion Merchandising major   ——————————————————— With the photo shoot just one week away, the fashion department is a flurry of students working nonstop to perfect their masterpieces. I met with Sharon, Tess, and Eve…

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A Modern Fairytale: Checking in with the Students

Written by: Kelly Allen LdM Fall 2013 Fashion Merchandising major   ——————————————————– The fashion projects are officially underway! I had the chance to meet with three of the design students to learn more about their projects – take a look at what they’re doing! Sharon Sharon Liaw is a senior in the fashion program. When…

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Visit to the Galleria Palatina

Written by: Kelly Allen LdM Fall 2013 Fashion Merchandising major   —————————————————— As part of our classes here at LdM, we get the chance to tour some of the landmarks throughout Florence that hold so much of its history. So far this semester, I have been able to visit places like the Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo…

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A Modern Fairytale: Fabric Shopping

Written by: Kelly Allen LdM Fall 2013 Fashion Merchandising major   —————————————————— As the end of the semester quickly approaches, students in the fashion department are preparing for their biggest event of the semester. Tasked with projects ranging from creating new garments, modifying existing ones, to even making their own fabrics, the students’ hard work…

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A New Kind of Classroom

Written by: Kelly Allen LdM Fall 2013 Fashion Merchandising major   ——————————————————– Before this semester, I never would have believed that location could have such an impact on my ability to learn. I went through grade school in Colorado and now attend college in Texas, but this transition was seamless. My grades didn’t suddenly become…

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The Fashion Files: Fashion Illustration I

We’re already one week into the second part of the semester, which means it’s high time for new Fashion Files! In our previous editions we have explored the domains of draping and knitting, and this week we will dive deeper into the remarkable realm of Fashion Illustration. This course teaches beginning students how to sketch…

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