AIFL fashion trip to Europe

With 7 days in Europe and 2 days of travel the group of students from the Art Institute toured around some of the most inspiring cities of Italy and France. The group arrived to the city of Milan where the trip began. The first city on the itinerary was Verona, which is home to the famous balcony in which Shakespeare’s story of Romeo and Juliet is inspired. The city is full of fashion stores, typical markets and is also home to Italy’s 3rd largest Roman Amphitheater. On the second day the group jumped on a boat and sailed to Venice where the group visited the Palazzo Ducale, a glass blowing workshop, traditional lace making school and the very traditional gondola ride.

On the third day the group kissed good bye to the region of Veneto and toured towards the Tuscany. There two days were spent at the Renaissance home town, Florence. The group had walking tours of the city, visited the Piazza della Signoria where the Palazo Veccio is found and a wonderful open air sculpture museum. The students got to see wonders of the city such as the cathedral with its dome and bell tower, a jewelry demonstration, a fake versus real leather demonstration, wine tasting and the Ferragamo Shoe Museum.
On the Fifth day of the trip the group traveled to France. On the way there was a short visit to the city of Pisa to visit the leaning tower. The first stop on France was the beautiful sea side city of Nice. While on the area the group visited a perfume factory in Eze and the Principality of Monaco. Some time was also spent in getting to know the city of Nice with its lots of shopping spots and its antique area.

Days six and seven were dedicated to the city of love, art and fashion: Paris. Here the group mixed and matched the sightseeing by bus and in the Seine river, the Eiffel tower visit and the Louvre with one of the world’s most famous fashion weeks, where the students had the opportunity to attend trade shows and fashion shows as well a remarkable exposition in honor to the little black dress. Some extra activities included visiting the atelier of Lefranc-Ferrant, Aux Laines Escoceses concept store, Versailles palace and the Moulin Rouge.
article by Diana Sofia Parra photos by Luzmaria Palacios




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Harriett’s Park Avenue Fashion Week extends the deadline for its Emerging Designer contest

September 23, 2009 – Winter Park, Harriett’s Park Avenue Fashion Week’s Emerging Designer Contest has a new deadline of October 9th, 2009.

This year, Harriett’s Park Avenue Fashion Week (PAFW09) brought to you by Orange Appeal and Mercedes Benz of Orlando in Maitland is expanding its Emerging Designer Contest to the entire state of Florida. Harriett’s PAFW09 is looking for design students, fashion aficionados, and anyone else who has what it takes to impress our judges. Contestants must submit pictures and at least two samples of their pre-made 5-piece collection (changed from 10-piece) after which, a panel of judges (to be announced) will pick the semi-finalists. Those semi-finalists will have two weeks month to design and fine tune their collections. On the eve of the main event each designer will display his/her collection and VIP ticket holders will vote one winner. The finalist chosen will open Harriett’s PAFW 2009 with their own personal runway show. They will also receive the opportunity to carry their line in a boutique participating in Harriett’s PAFW09 for one month, accompanied by a trunk show and a prize packet (contents TBD). For additional details and requirements, and to apply, visit

Harriett’s Park Avenue Fashion Week is a 7-day (October 18th-24th) celebration of the local fashion retail and design

community. The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce and the Park Avenue Area Association set out to create

an event that would represent Winter Park and its fashion’s. Since its conception in 2007, HPAFW is held every fall

with a week full of fashionable events hosted by the boutiques of Park Ave. and Hannibal Square. The grand

finale is the fashion show held in downtown Winter Park’s West Meadow Park where a prominent tent display,

designed by New York’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week’s venue designers, lights the night sky. Harriett’s Park Avenue

Fashion Week’s goal is to bring the essence of fashion and merge it with function to showcase Winter Park and

its elegance. For more information, visit

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The Art Institutes Passion For Fashion Competition

The Art Institutes Passion For Fashion Competition

The Art Institutes Passion For Fashion Competition

The Art Institutes Passion For Fashion Competition
High school seniors who are graduating in 2010 and are interested in either fashion design or fashion marketing programs are eligible to compete for this scholarship. Learn more:

Lunch provided! Get tips on your entry!

* Fashion Design – Room 218
* Fashion Merchandising – Room 220
you could win a trip to NYC’s Fashion Week, greetingwith Seventeen magazine, & $500 shopping spree.

Reserve your workshop spot: