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Students in Auburn’s Apparel Merchandising, Design and Production Management program can learn about the European fashion industry with a study abroad option to London. The program application deadline for the March 2016 trip is Oct. 19.

Ann Beth Presley, associate professor in the Department of Consumer and Design Sciences in the College of Human Sciences, leads the weeklong trip. Seventeen students took part in 2015.

“London was my first study abroad experience in college,” she said. “It’s so easy to get from place to place and experience the culture, current events and history.”

Presley led the students through London’s array of fashion culture to such diverse places as Angels The Costumiers, a costume supplier for film and stage; the Royal School of Needlework, where people are trained in hand embroidery; the London College of Fashion at the University of the Arts London for an interactive workshop with a fashion stylist; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, which houses the world’s largest collection of decorative arts and design.

One of the final destinations was Kensington Palace, where, along with a guided behind-the-scenes tour, students viewed Fashion Rules, an exhibit featuring the clothing of Queen Elizabeth, Princess Margaret and Diana, Princess of Wales.

Historic site visits include Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Buckingham Palace for the changing of the guard.

“Fashion is so much more than just fashion. Being aware of cultures all over the world, the arts in different countries; it all influences fashion,” said senior Sarah Wennerlund. “Seeing the art in London helped me to see the style in London. It opened up my mind to different cultures. Anytime we can see the world through another’s perspective, it’s a good thing.”

For more information about this study abroad program, visit the website, stop by the Office of Global Education in 232 Spidle Hall or contact Presley at