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  • Locations: Florence, Italy; Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Spring Break Travel
  • Restrictions: Montclair applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring Break Travel
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Description:

Spring Break in Florence, Italy:         

Fashion Studies

Jan. 2018 – May, 2018

March 2 – 10, 2018

Program Closed for 2018
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Program Overview

You will have a front row view of the transformation of the “Made in Italy” identity in the 21st century and be immersed in Italy’s global fashion culture. Your program will examine both historic and current fashion in Italy. Textile history and modern production are important industries and Italy‘s historical dress forms influence contemporary fashion. The increasingly Italian luxury apparel and accessory brands partially produce their goods in China and then finish them in Italy. Chinese firms have moved into Italy’s apparel production sector manufacturing and selling “pronto moda” (fast fashion) to vendors all over Europe. You will examine how the “Made in Italy” label is changing and now appears also in low quality goods made in Chinese owned, operated, and staffed factories. 

Tourist map of Florence
Map of Florence, Italy
Map of Florence, Italy
Map of Italy
Florence Rooftops
Florence, Italy
Itinerary Highlights: About Florence, Italy
Florence at Night
Statue in front of Gucci Museo

Starting in Rome, we will visit the National Etruscan Museum to understand the Etruscan influence on Roman dress and culture. Classical Roman culture will come to life through visits to the Roman Coliseum and artefacts in the Vatican. We will visit the archive of the Sorelle Fontana (house that designed in the 50s and 60s for Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn and others). We will walk the traditional vintage clothing street markets, the Spanish Steps, and Rome’s varying retail districts.  A guided tour of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel will be a special highlight.

In Florence, we will visit the 15th-century Pitti Palace, home to the world ranked collection of the Museo della Costume. We will tour the famed Uffizi Gallery, with its unmatched collection of Renaissance art. A visit to the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum will reveal how the brand was established and cultivated. At the Scuola del Cuoio we’ll observe the training of contemporary leather artisans. We will visit luxury brand companies with opportunities to meet key personnel.

 A day trip to Milan will bring us to the financial and luxury brand center at Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II, the 19th-century covered shopping gallery and nearby Gothic cathedral Duomo di Milano.  At the retail center Via Montenapoleone, the fashion district, and the concept store 10 Corso Como, we will see long-established and emerging retail formats. 

Dr. May Chae received her Ph.D. in Clothing and Textiles at Virginia Tech. She has extensive academic and teaching experience in the field of Fashion Design and Merchandising. Prior to joining Montclair State University, she taught at the University of Idaho and Marymount University. Her research focuses on functional design for sportswear and protective gear, development of fashion products, and fashion technology, and has been presented to international conferences and published in peer-reviewed international journals. Her creative design work has also appeared international juried exhibitions.
Professor Mae Chae
Dr. May Chae
All approved students must register for the following Spring 2018 course:
     ARTX 345    Fashion Study Abroad
This course will focus on the relationship between fashion and the arts in history and within the Italian geographical context. It examines the relationships among cultural expressions such as architectural spaces, art exhibitions, events, and changes in the fashion system.

Estimated Program Cost: $2,700
    Hotel and apartment style housing- double, triple and quad occupancy
    Airfare     Airport Transfers     Local Transportation in Italy
    1 Breakfast, 2 Dinners     Excursions     Guest Lectures
Out of pocket expenses: Mandatory study abroad insurance (less than $25) and personal expenses.

Program costs are based on a minimum of 10 participants and current exchange rates and are subject to change.

Payments are made through the Office of International Education & Global Engagement (not the Bursar) and can be in the form of checks, money orders or by completing a credit card form (not payable electronically or online). Make checks or money orders payable to “Montclair State University” and send or drop off at the Office of International Education & Global Engagement located in the Student Center Annex Room 207.

Payment Schedule: 

The payment schedule for program costs is as follows:
Application Fee by October 1st: $100
First Deposit by November 1st:     $750
Second Deposit by December 1st:     $750
Final Payment by February 1st    $1,200 (to be confirmed)

Please make checks payable to “Montclair State University.”
Cancellation policy:

Because commitments are made by the University based on the number of students, there is a sliding scale of cancellation penalties beginning from 20% of the program cost at the 90-day point (December 2) and 50% of the program cost at the 60-day point (January 2). Cancellations received after February 2 are non-refundable.
No visas are required for U.S. citizens, but a copy of a passport is needed by December 1 and should be valid for 6 months beyond the trip dates. Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for confirming whether they need a tourist visa. The Office of International Education and Global Engagement will provide supporting documentation if necessary.
Accommodations and Meals:
Florence Cafe
In Florence, participants will stay in centrally located apartments with double and triple room accommodations with private bathrooms. In Rome, participants will stay in a centrally located hotel in double and triple occupancy rooms with private bathrooms. The program includes two group dinners and breakfast in Rome. In Florence, kitchens are available when you prefer to cook meals. 

Application Prerequisites and Procedure
Participants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and be in good standing.

Due October 1, 2017:

  • Office of International Education & Global Engagement online application
  • Interview and approval of faculty director on pre-enrollment form
  • $100 Application Fee (non-refundable) Due December 1, 2017:
  • Passport photocopy or scan.

Spring Break in Florence 2018 Pre-Enrollment Form.docx- this form will be filled out and signed by Prof. Chae and sent or brought to the Office of International Education & Global Engagement after the interview is complete.

Participants should have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and be in good standing.

Program cost payments will be in installments, due November 1, December 1 and February 1.

For further information:

Contact the Office of International Education & Global Engagement at (973) 655-4185 or email

Contact Dr. May Chae at
Or visit us on the web at

Office of International Education & Global Engagement -
Student Center Annex Rm. 207,
Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ 07043

Tel: 973 655-4185
Fax: 973 655-7654

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.