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Fashion Students Showcase Their Florence Experience

On October 28th, one of the world’s high fashion destinations was explored through the creative projects of Fashion Arts and Business students at the FUA Showcase.

More than 25 fashion students shared their three-week experience studying at Florence University of the Arts (FUA) at the Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation. Guests explored fashion and culture through a variety of mediums and gained insight into the students’ experiences studying abroad.

Humber President and Chief Executive, Dr. Chris Whitaker congratulated the students and invited guests to engage with them about their time spent studying abroad. To open the evening, students shared their experiences as well as what they had learned. These learning experiences included:

  • “It takes time to learn about cultural differences, but also to be respectful of the differences. There is always room for growth.”
  • “I learned a lot about myself.”
  • “You can communicate even without speaking the language.”
  • “It’s ok to be nervous.”
  • “You have to step out of your comfort zone sometimes in order to grow and do things you might not have an opportunity to do again.”
  • “Cooperation and communication are key to teamwork.”

The event included a keynote address from Angela DeMontigny, a member of the Fashion Arts and Business program advisory committee and Indigenous fashion designer. DeMontigny spoke about experiential learning and the value to offers employers in the industry. Speakers also included Study Abroad Coordinator, Kathleen Meagher and FUA representatives Gaia Poli and Grace Joh.

The creative projects showcased by the students reflected what it was like studying in a historical city, including exploring a new culture, learning about retail management and operations, visual merchandising, social media creation and comparative retail analysis of local boutiques.

“Studying abroad is a great learning experience and helps with growth in many ways. It allows you to be independent and grow in ways that you wouldn’t expect,” says Zuhra Rahmaty. “Being able to study fashion with like-minded individuals in Italy was an incredible experience that I will always cherish.”

The Fashion Arts and Business program offers many real-world experiences and opportunities for students to advance their learning.

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