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Lasell Fashion Students Gain Hands-On Experience in Paris

July 3, 2014

Lasell fashion students gained valuable experience during a recent two-week trip to Paris where they supported fashion designers during Menswear Fashion Week and obtained insight about the fashion industry.

A group of 22 students, including 10 fashion design and 12 fashion merchandising and fashion communication students, along with three fashion faculty members,  Anne Trevenen (design), Anne Vallely (merchandising and communications) and fashion faculty Chair Lynn Blake, visited Paris between June 18 and June 29.

Highlights of the trip included a retail tour with an industry professional from Lanvin, a Christian Dior Trend Forecasting project with Trend Union, one of the largest trend forecasting companies in the world, hat making with Jean Paul Gautier's milliner- Jean Pierre Tritz, behind the scenes dressing for Paris Menswear Fashion Week, and learning couture design secrets from a premiere stitcher with the fashion house of Madame Gres.

The students also took trips to Versailles and Giverny.

"The short-term study abroad program to Paris offers students a taste of European fashion and culture. The program weaves together cultural events with inside-the-contemporary-Parisian-industry opportunities. Through connected learning activities, students engaged with the history and culture of France as well," said Blake.

Blake added that an important benefit of the trip is students' ability to highlight the experience on their resumes, which has caught the attention of potential employers and singled out the Lasell fashion applicants from others.

The fashion trip to Paris is an annual international study abroad trip at the College.

Students also blogged about the trip and appeared in a video of Menswear Fashion Week.


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