Fashion Travel Study Tours:

Explore the latest fashion trends - learn about the fashion industry from production to retail - tour wholesale and retail establishments in national and international fashion centers.


Participate in Fashion Travel Study Tours offered once a year.

Class meets weekly prior to tour with students researching and presenting information about various sites that will be visited, studying fashion trends and creating trend boards to prepare for the tour. Potential internship and career contacts are made on the tour for those interested in pursuing careers in the locations visited. Information gathered and experiences enhance your ability to obtain the job with the retail establishment with which you want to work.


Atlanta offers the opportunity to learn about the Fashion Industry from the wholesale and retail perspective. The AmericasMart is the South's largest wholesale market where buyers come to select the fashions that will be sold in the retail stores.


Saks Fifth Avenue, one of the nation's premiere specialty stores, has worked with UT Martin throughout the years, providing a one half day symposium where students hear from many professionals in numerous careers at Saks -from visual merchandisers to department managers.

Sites Visited:

  • Saks Fifth Avenue (Behind the scenes of retail)
  • AmericasMart (Wholesale fashion market)
  • Phipps Mall (High-end retailers)
  • High Museum of Art
  • Margaret Mitchell Home (Author of Gone with the Wind)
  • CNN Broadcasting Tour
  • Atlanta History Center (view Historic Costumes of the South)


Chicago - considered the Fashion Center of the Mid-West, offers a unique opportunity for students to study culture and fashion. By visiting museums, downtown businesses and famous sites, students learn about fashion from behind the scenes.


Marshall Field was a predominant business man who was responsible for building the fashion industry in the late 1800's. One of his claims-to-fame is Marshall Field's Department Store (now Macy's) that spans a city block. He was also responsible for the building of the Merchandise Mart, which is the largest public building in the world. The Field Museum, one of the best museums in the nation, provides breathtaking exhibits from archeology to culture with the most unusual collections of shoes from all over the world.

Sites Visited:

  • Frank Lloyd Wright Tour (famous architect)
  • Art Institute (view paintings from Impressionists and other artists)
  • Magnificent Mile (Chicago's premiere retail area)
  • Field Museum (Study cultures of the world)
  • Macy's (Formerly historic Marshall Field Department Store; All First Lady's have frequented this store except one)
  • Merchandise Mart (The largest public building in the world. Home of the wholesale market)
  • Sears Tower (Now Called the Willis Tower)

New Orleans

New Orleans is one of the world's most fascinating cities. History and culture abounds. Many sites provide a means of observing, studying and enjoying the fashion of the south and the world.

Sites Visited:

  • Mardi Gras World
  • St. Charles Avenue Tour
  • French Quarter
  • The French Market
  • Swamp Tour
  • Plantation Tour
  • Jazz Concerts

New York City

New York City is the place to go to study fashion. Known as the fashion capital of the United States, fashion designers, wholesale markets, major retailers and specialty stores are among the stops that are made to learn the ins and outs of the fashion industry.

Sites Visited:

  • Macy's Department Store (largest retail store in the world)
  • Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Ellis Island
  • Broadway Shows
  • Wholesale Garment District
  • Fashion Design Studios


The sites of London and Paris are breathtaking! Where else can you learn about the fashion industry than Paris, the fashion capital of the world. Sites abound in London, with major museums tracing the history of fashion.

Sites Visited:

  • Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Portabella Road Flea Market
  • Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard
  • The Tower of London
  • Kensington Palace
  • Harrod's Department Store
  • Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Moulin Rouge
  • The Eifel Tower
  • Galeries Lafayette - Fashion Show
  • Versailles
  • The Louvre

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