From Newport to New York – and back!
Fashion Design and Photography for Fashion & Advertising students had the trip of a lifetime when they went to New York for 5 days earlier this month.
Fashion lecturer Christian Hutter who organised the trip with colleague Elizabeth Nelson, programme leader for Photography for Fashion & Advertising, said the visit was intended to both strengthen the relationship between Fashion, and Photography, and get students thinking more about using real-life experiences in their work.
The growth of style blogs has further increased the interest in fashion in New York City – with it increasingly being seen as the ultimate fashion experience.
The visit, which took place between 8th and 12th February, was timed to coincide with New York Fashion week but the students did not simply enjoy a rigorous programme of sight-seeing and events. Instead, they were guided by their tutors, Christian and Marcus Ahmad, who started each day with an 8am breakfast meeting to plan their programme.
Staying in a hotel at the heart of the Garment district, the epicentre of the fashion industry in the US, the area became a focal point throughout the trip, with students frequenting the main haberdasheries and fabric shops which line its streets. In particular, the students spent a lot of time at Mood Fabrics, a fabric supplier, made famous by the Hit TV show, Project Catwalk, where the students bought material and learned about fibre, weave, costs and widths (albeit in yards.)
Christian had also arranged a trip to the Fashion Institute of Technology, located just four blocks from the hotel, and just adjacent to Seventh Avenue - where students were treated to a campus tour and induction. The students then moved on to the Council of Fashion Designers of America ( CFDA) to see the launch night of their ‘Impact‘ exhibition – a huge show dedicated to the very best pieces of Dior, Chanel, YSL, Patou, Cardin, Marc Bohan, McQueen, Etro. The Lincoln Centre, venue for New York Fashion week was also a great place for students to spot designers, stylists and celebrities.
The last day saw a trip on the Staten Island Ferry to get a final look at Manhattan from a different perspective, and then students went on to see their favourite tourist spot before leaving.
“It will be fascinating to see how the students’ experiences in New York will influence their creative work here at Newport” said Christian. Asked if he would organise another trip...? “In a heartbeat”.
So, Paris in 2013? Let’s hope so.
The group saw all the sites of New York while sticking to a tough working schedule
The students stayed in the heart of New York’s Fashion district