Milan Fashion Week. SRISA’s Italian Fashion Industry students traveled to Milan to take part in the excitement of Milan Fashion Week held September 21-27. Fashion Design Department Head, Enrica Guidato, took the students up for the weekend where they had an opportunity to attend runway shows, new collection presentations, and even be interviewed by a fashion channel. The students attended the CNC Costume National runway show, visited in store collections, discovered 10 Corso Como, and enjoyed lunches and aperitivos Milan-style.

Pitti Palace Costume Gallery. This summer, students spend time outside of the classroom with on-site visits to the Pitti Palace Costume Gallery and the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum led by Professor Enrica Guidato. Students will sketch and design based off their inspiration of these prestigious museums. We can’t wait to see what they’ll come up with! Stay tuned!

Students at Filati Fair. The Fashion Design class students attended the annual Pitti Immagine Filati Fair held in Florence. Pitti Filati presents the excellence of the yarn industry on an international scale to its target – buyers from all over the world and designers for the most important brands in the fashion business, who come to Florence looking for new creative ideas.

The students in Enrica Guidato’s course also visited the Vintage Selection Fair while at Filati, an exhibition-show for clothing, accessories and articles with vintage design. A must-visit for cool hunters and the style offices of prestigious international fashion companies, as well as for fans and collectors, Vintage Selection is not only a research laboratory that looks to fashion from the past, but also a packed archive drawn on by today’s designers for their collections.


The Fashion Design courses at SRISA give beginning and advanced fashion design students a look into the world of Italian Fashion Design. These courses are designed to give students practical information on how the industry functions in general, and more specifically in Italy.

During the Fall and Spring semesters the SRISA fashion program organizes a fashion show of work produced by students in Garment Construction, Fashion Illustration and advanced fashion courses.

The students of the Italian Fashion Industry course travel to Milan during Fashion Week to watch the runway shows and gather insight into the process, which they then use to organize and run SRISA’s fashion show. Locally, students attend the Pitti Uomo Fashion Shows which are hosted twice a year in Florence.

Frequently fashion students collaborate with students in other areas such as painting and photography.  Painting students have been asked to paint garments and photo students images have been used on garments designed by fashion students.  The event is an excellent opportunity for young designers to get a taste of what the fashion world is like.

Spring 2011, Moda d’Autore

SRISA’s Jewelry Design course gives students practical experience in the design and fabrication of contemporary and traditional jewelry. Students are introduced to the use of tools and materials, and aims to provide a solid foundation in workshop practice. Emphasis is placed on both design and craftsmanship.

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