In Prague, art is intrinsically linked with lifestyle—fashion design enjoys a high priority and status. The city’s rich history and artistic culture spurred NC State University to launch its Fashion and Costume Design Program at the Prague Institute in 2006. Prague offers students accessibility to fashion venues off the beaten track. Many of Prague’s hundreds of boutiques are run by independent designers who don’t follow market trends and offer sources of inspiration to young design enthusiasts trying to carve their own paths.
National costumes have played an important role for centuries as well as theater costumes for the many active theaters found in Prague today and throughout history.
The Fashion and Costume Design Program combines contemporary fashion–looking at and analyzing world trends, learning pattern-making, and conceptual renderings of a line of fashion apparel, and theater costumes–providing a venue for creative, thematic fashion design.
An excursion to Paris, local excursions within the Czech Republic, fashion shows in Prague, and attending theater performances are included in the program.[table “3” not found /]