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J-term fashion focus in Europe

Katies at the historic Louis Vuitton family home in Asnières, in the outskirts of Paris.
Katies at the historic Louis Vuitton family home in Asnières, in the outskirts of Paris.
Photo by Carol Mager.

What’s the fashion industry like outside the shores of the United States? Fifteen St. Catherine University students got a first-hand look when they traveled across the Atlantic January 5-28.

The course, “Fashion Merchandising and Design in Europe,” focuses on “the global inter-connectedness of the fashion industry, especially as it pertains to European markets,” explains Anupama Pasricha, who heads the Department of Apparel, Merchandising and Design.

Associate Professor Trudy Landgren '72 and Adjunct Instructor Carol Mager led the jaunt across three countries — England, France and Italy.  The St. Kate's students were made up of fashion merchandising and apparel design majors.

The St. Kate’s group started their trip in London, focusing on historic influences, current styles and future trends in fashion; then hit Paris to learn more about specialty fabrics and trims used in high fashion, or haute couture. The group ended their study abroad in Florence, where they sought to better understand the Italian fashion industry.

The J-term course included guest speakers (fashion designers and color forecasters, for example), tours of retail space and international fashion houses, and visits to traveling exhibits and museums such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, Musée du Louvre and Musée des Arts Décoratifs.


See the class blog for more photos.


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Feb. 6, 2013 by Pauline Oo

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