London, Paris, Milan: Three of Europe’s most cosmopolitan cities, and three quarters of the fashion week ‘big four’. European fashion is so diverse and so plentiful that it is difficult to decide on a location for an educational tour- your options are so vast- but we have decided to give you a taster of these three important fashion capitals.
Fashion in London is eclectic, with different areas of London reflecting different cultures through fashion. For example, fashion in Camden is very different to what you will see in Kensington! The London Fashion and Textile Museum is a must see for budding fashionistas and showcases different fashion styles from Britain, but also from across the world. Founded by British Designer Zandra Rhodes, the museum provides regularly changed exhibitions focused on textiles, jewellery, and fashion, all of which are designed to spark conversation and ideas.
The Victoria and Albert Museum is closely connected to fashion, having hosted the Alexander McQueen Exhibition ‘Savage Beauty’ and housing a fashion collection which it says is the largest and most comprehensive in the world. Free to the public, their fashion exhibition demonstrates how fashion has changed over four hundred years, with rare 17th century gowns, 1930s dresses, and vintage Dior.
Nothing says fashion like France. Paris is home to fashion houses such as Christian Dior, Chanel, Celine, Givenchy, and Lanvin, to name just a few. For fashion students visiting the city, a walk along Avenue Montaigne, in Paris’ 8th Arrondissement, is a must as this is where most of the biggest designer names are located. Fashion students will be treated to the opportunity to see current French high fashion whilst also enjoying a leisurely stroll in the Capital.
The Palais Galliera Museum shows off the amazing history of French fashion within the walls of a Renaissance inspired palace. Collections include 18th Century dress, Haute Couture, prints and drawings, and accessories.
In the 19th Century, Milan took inspiration from Parisian fashion, but adapted this style to their own tastes and the people of Milan soon developed their own unique style. Throughout the 20th century Milan was an important silk and textile producer, and by the 1970s the city’s connection to fashion had gained international acclaim, overtaking Florence as the Italian fashion capital.
Milan is home to many distinguished fashion houses, some of which originated elsewhere in Italy. Milanese fashion houses include Versace, Prada, Valentino, and Missoni. Giorgio Armani, another notable Italian designer, offers visitors to the city with a unique experience to visit the designer’s own Museum- the Armani Silos. The four floor museum, which opened as the design house entered its fortieth year, is dedicated to their fashion designs and exhibits over 600 individual works.
Fashion students are not limited to these three destinations and Anglo Educational Tours can customise any programme to meet the academic aims and objectives of a group. Please contact us in order to discuss your requirements.