July 18, 2017

Mesa College Fashion, French Students Learn And Explore this Summer in Paris

By Office of Communications

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Throughout the month of July, students from San Diego Mesa College’s award-winning Fashion program are becoming fully immersed in the fashion, history, and culture of Paris, France.  This annual trip is led by Fashion professor Susan Lazear who guides students as they learn about one of the most influential cities in the world, with visits and tours of museums, designers, and more.

Among the highlights has been an exhibit celebrating 70 years of famed designer Christian Dior, held at the Fashion and Textile Museum of the Louvre.

“Students researched Dior and learned about the significance he played in Fashion’s history,” said Lazear. “They were excited to see the exhibit, which was the largest Dior retrospective ever.”

Additionally, students visited two of the largest retail stores in Paris – Galeries Lafayette and Bon Marche. At Galeries Lafayette, students watched a fashion show and took a guided tour exploring the store’s history. Another highlight has been a guided tour of the Gobelins Manufactory, a historic weaving studio that has produced tapestries for French monarchs and government since Louis XIV.

Other museum visits included Musée de l'Orangerie, Centre Pompidou, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, and Palais Galliera, with future visits planned to the Picasso Museum, Orsay, and Versaille. Students also visited the Fragonard Perfume Museum, where they learned the history of how perfume is made.

“The students are having a fantastic time,” added Lazear. “They’re a good group.”

Joining Lazear and the Fashion students is Professor Uriel Ornelas, who’s leading a group of Mesa students studying French.  Cultural visits have included organ concerts at Notre Dame, classical music performances at various churches throughout the city, and pop and world music at the Hôtel de Ville.

To complete the cultural experience, students sampled some of France’s sweetest cuisine, ranging from macarons and hot chocolate to crepes and Berthillon ice cream. They will also visit a French chef and learn the art of making crepes.

Study Abroad program lasts until July 29. For more information on Mesa College’s Study Abroad program, including next year’s visits to Costa Rica and Madrid, visit To keep up with their travels, follow them on Facebook at

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Tags: Paris, Study Abroad, Fashion Program, French