Fashion Resources: Italy
Students from Kent State University's Fashion School have the opportunity to study in Florence, Italy, for a semester. To find out more about this opportunity, go to the School's International & Study Away Experiences page.
This is the official site of the National Chamber for Italian Fashion, a nonprofit Association founded in 1958, which protects, coordinates and promotes the development of Italian fashion through an active calendar of events, programs and initiatives. Visitors will want to explore many of the site's pages including the Members List (searchable by name or design/manufacturing category), conferences (presentation slides and notes from some past conferences are available) and information about the organization's sponsored annual fashion shows (including Milano Moda Donna, Milano Moda Uomo, Pre-Collection and Showroom). Visitors may also want to download the organization's brochure, a 40 page PDF, linked at the bottom of the homepage.
This museum collects and promotes all fields of design, including fashion, with an emphasis on Italian design and designers.
The Florentine is a bi-weekly publication intended to encourage English-speaking people living in Florence to "actively participate in and 'connect' with Florentine and Tuscan life and culture." While downloading the publications as PDFs and accessing the online archive requires a paid subscription, visitors will find they can access many brief online articles on topics including News, Style & Fashion, Culture & Customs, and a special section of articles on Florence for Students.
This succinct but well-written essay on modern Italian fashion is part of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History series. The essay is illustrated with examples of clothing pieces from the museum's collection. By clicking on the thumbnail of a piece, visitors may bring up a detailed museum record as well as additional information and related links.