I cannot believe how fast the semester has been going by. Only one more week until spring break! Thank goodness too, I could definitely use a break. Classes have been pretty stressful with projects and midterms. However, our school trip to Rome was a lot more fun than stressful. Our schedule was more laid back than in Milan. This trip was more about appreciating the art, culture, media, architecture, and atmosphere of Rome that has influenced fashion.
On Thursday, we started by touring the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. It was amazing to explore and hear about the history of these monuments. We visited the Roman Forum the day before the anniversary of Julius Caesar’s death. We were able to see where his body was brought and cremated. There was an area filled with flowers and coins that people had left. After that we had a little free time for lunch. My friends and I grabbed sandwiches to go so we could take more pictures of the Colosseum. After our break, we visited Fondazione Annamode. This is a company that creates costumes for operas, theatre, and movies. In fact, we had the amazing opportunity to see some of the costumes from very well-known movies, such as the live action Beauty and the Beast, La Duchessa, Marie Antionette, A Knight’s Tale, and many more. We were able to learn about the history of the foundation and the process by which costumes were created. This visit almost made me regret not getting my design degree instead!
The second day was a little busier. We started off with a walking tour of Rome. We got to see the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, and appreciate the beauty of the city. After that, we got on the metro and went to Cinecitta. It’s basically the Warner Bros studio for Italy. We saw the many stages that they have for filming, the outdoor sets that they had built (including a replica of the whole Roman Forum!) and heard about the many films and events that had occurred in Cinecitta over the years. It was truly an amazing experience, one that I will never forget. Next, we went to Fondazione Micol Fontana. I’m honestly not even sure how to describe this experience. We learned about the company history, who they designed for, and saw (and touched!!) some of their most famous and creative designs. Jackie Kennedy is my icon, so when I saw that they had a dress that she wore, I freaked out. I was in awe and couldn’t pick my jaw up off the floor. It was one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had. There’s nothing else I can say about it, it was too incredible to describe. Can you tell I’m passionate about the industry of fashion? After a short break for lunch, our group went to the Hermes artisan show. It was called “Hermes, Behind the Scenes: Meet the Artisans.” And that’s exactly what we got to do. We were able to go around to different stations and see the process of how they create jewelry, saddles, and scarves. Once we were done watching, I went outside and sat on the steps and enjoyed the sun. Once everyone was finished, we went back to the train station and left for Florence.
Overall, it was a very successful weekend trip. I fell in love with Rome. Lizzie McGuire was right. This really is what dreams are made of. I can’t wait to visit this city again. Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed!