Saturday, April 16, 2011

My Mother: A Fashion loving (former) F.O.B

My mother was actually the one who got me into fashion. Which is rather funny considering that she married my father at the age of 18 (fresh out of high school) and had me a year into their marriage. Somewhere in the mist of being a fresh import from the motherland and becoming my mamasita she became addicted to the fashion channel. At the age of 4 she had me hooked. We used to watch it together every single night. She told me about Oscar de la Renta, Azzedine Alaia, Cristobal Balenciaga, Emanuel Ungaro and Yves Saint Laurent. She knew them by their dresses and she was and still is an amazing writer...she could have seriously became a fashion editor if she had thought about it. Such a talented shukorina mother I have, can't get enough of her!

Since I'm always asked about fashion schools I thought it would only be right to put together a little list of some of my recommended fashion schools around the world. Here we go:

Parsons The New School for Design, NYC
Located in New York City and known for providing top level design training for decades, this is also the school where Tim Gun (Project Runway) was the director of. Top designer Marc Jacobs graduated from Parsons as well as one of my favorite designers, Tom Ford.

Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC
Recognized for its exceptional faculty and hands-on programs. "FIT" is a more affordable alternative to Parsons.

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, CA
With campuses all over California "FIDM" offers its students a great balance of fashion and business.

Central Saint Martin College of Art and Design, London, England
"CSM" one of the leading colleges of art and design in England.

Royal College of Art, London, England
Located in the heart of London, the "RCA" is known for its faculty consisting of renowned artists, theorists and leading experts.

London College of Fashion, London, England
The "LCF" is part of the University of the Arts. It's know as the only college in England that specializes in fashion education and research.

Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium
The Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine arts is known as the oldest fine arts institution in Europe. They are known for their students high quality fashion collections.

Polimoda International Institute of Fashion Design and Marketing
Located in the beautiful Italian city of Florence, this school has a great relationship with "FIT" in New York City. Polimoda is successful in creating close ties between the academic and production worlds through its rigorous programs in fashion design, marketing and management communication.

ESMOD International Fashion University Group
We all know that Paris is the city of high fashion, art and couture. ESMOD has provided quality training in design and business for over 160 years. It is considered the world leader in fashion education and has a network of 12 affiliated schools all over the world.

Bunka Fashion College, Tokyo, Japan
To me the Japanese fashion industry is responsible for creating the happiest and most colorful fashion in the world. Bunka is located in Tokyo and has gained great prestige and respect in the fashion world. They are also the publishers of "Son-en", Japan's original fashion magazine.