What is the University of Fashion?
The University of Fashion is the first and largest online fashion design video library in the world. We have many hundreds of step-by-step video lessons teaching all aspects of fashion design. Our motto for the ten years we've been in business is:
Master design one step at a time
We teach the disciplines you need to know
We teach all the major fashion disciplines, e.g. draping, pattern making, fashion art, product development, CAD fashion art, sewing, CAD pattern making, fashion business, knits, accessories, lectures and much more. Our lessons are organized by Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.
Taught by professionals
Our lessons are taught exclusively by fashion college professors and fashion industry professionals, never by amateurs!
We work by subscription, not tuition per class
For thousands of dollars less than a single class at many traditional schools, we give you unlimited, on-demand access to all of our many hundreds of full-length video lessons
We won't ask you to travel to classes in inconvenient locations, scheduled at inconvenient times. With us, you can learn anytime you want. You can learn exactly what you want to know And, you can learn where you want. You can watch our lessons as many times as you want, for no extra charge.
What sorts of people subscribe to the University of Fashion?
Our students range from beginning fashion students to experienced, professional fashion designers or seasoned home sewers.
Where to start?
Click our Lessons menu and choose one of our many Disciplines. We tell beginners exactly what lessons they should watch first.
We put a lot of effort into making our lessons easy-to-follow
Our video lessons explain how to do everything yourself, step-by-step. If you mess up something, don't worry! Just rewind the lesson a little bit and start again (You can't do that at a traditional school!)
Tools and supplies
Each of our How-To lessons comes with a list of the supplies and tools you’ll need to create that lesson’s featured project.
If you don’t have some or all of those supplies, simply click on those tools to learn more about them and/or order them immediately, directly from our website!
Clearly visible and understandable demonstrations
Our lessons are professionally produced in a large, well-lit studio using professional videographers and sound technicians operating high quality camera, lighting and recording equipment.
All of our lessons are taught from the designer’s perspective, i.e. looking down at your work as you would when creating something, yourself. This is a much better way to learn than watching a demonstration in front of you, where you can only see what the teacher is doing from a backwards or “flipped” perspective.
Hear what our teachers are saying, clearly
All of our lessons are produced with a separate voice-over track timed to exactly correspond to a teacher's actions on-screen. You can always hear and understand every single step in a University of Fashion lesson. No long, boring pauses. No mistakes. No do-overs.
Many useful "extras"
Many of our lessons include helpful graphics and downloadable files to help you understand key concepts, make tricky calculations or customize your project for different sized models.
Have a question? No problem!
We are happy to answer your questions any time! Just write us an email on our convenient "Contact" form.
Other resources, free with your subscription!
Go to our website at www.universityoffashion.com and hover your mouse over the “Resources” menu at the top right of our Home page. Then click on any of the special services we offer on the resulting dropdown menu.
Here are just some of the many special services we offer:
We provide many types of downloadable croquis to improve your drawing skills and help you to flesh out your design ideas. All subscribers and registered Free Members can access these.
Not sure what a “Bar Tack” is? Our Terminology page helps you look up all the different terms used in fashion design.
Fashion Design Tools
From “Tracing Wheels” to “Tailor’s Chalk”, we show you what the key fashion designer tools look like and how to buy them directly from our website!
We provide an ever-growing list of the fashion companies and suppliers that you ought to know. These companies make just about anything you would ever need to become a great fashion designer, e.g. fabrics, sewing machines, dress forms, woven garment labels and much, much more.
Fashion books, Magazines and blogs
We provide a constantly updated list of fashion books, along with a way to instantly buy them. We also introduce you to some of the more interesting fashion magazines and blogs.
We provide a thorough, and constantly updated review of the most interesting fashion museums in the world
Do you currently attend a fashion school?
We are a big supporter of fashion schools. Many of our subscribers use our video lesson library and other resources to help them find and apply to a good fashion school. Under our Resources menu, we provide an extensive list of the world’s best fashion schools, along with links to their websites.
Does your fashion school already subscribe to the University of Fashion? If yes, then lucky you! You’ll get all of our resources for free! This will help you get the most from your education. If not, ask your school librarian to get a subscription for your whole school.
How we can help you in school
If you’ve ever missed a key class, then you know it’s impossible to reconstruct the demonstration you missed that day. Sure, you can borrow another student’s notes. But words simply can’t describe an experienced teacher’s physical motions. But, the University of Fashion can really help! Chances are, we have a lesson that comes pretty close to what your professor demonstrated. But unlike an in-class demonstration, you can re-play our demonstration over and over again until you fully understand it. This can be the difference between getting an A or a C when the term ends.
Many thousands of students from the best fashion schools in the world have viewed our lessons to supplement their formal fashion education and to help them ace their homework and special projects.
"I was lagging behind in class and didn’t remember all the lessons my professor taught, so I went to the demos on University of Fashion for help. Thanks to the great demos I received a really good grade on the project!"
Student, Fashion Institute of Technology
The University of Fashion blog
You can access our popular blog directly from our website!
Other social media
We have had a presence in many social media channels for years. Many subscribers use our Pinterest page for inspiration and ‘mood boards’.
Tests and degrees
Our subscribers come to us to learn at their own pace, not to get a formal educational credential. As a result, we don't award certificates, degrees or diplomas. And we don't make our students take exams or tests. We focus all of our energy on creating useful fashion lessons and resources.
Frankly, we believe that the best way to learn fashion design is from a competent teacher at a school or a professional designer who can demonstrate important skills right in front of you and, maybe most important, answer your many questions, right on the spot.
But, if you can’t afford a formal fashion education or if you just can’t physically travel far from home to attend a fashion school, we are, hands down, your best alternative, both in terms of the quality of our education and our very, very affordable subscription cost!
Summary of Benefits
• Vast library of hundreds of fashion design video lessons
• Lessons taught only by professional fashion designers
• Ability to replay some of our more advanced techniques, over and over, until you fully master them
• Learn any time of day or night, on computers, smart phones or tablets
• Written lesson transcripts come with every lesson to reinforce your learning
• Get answers to your questions
• List of tools & supplies for each lesson and an immediate way to purchase them
• Create visible proof of your skills for employers and fashion colleges
• Fashion lectures, interviews, company and museum tours and more
• Fashion terminology dictionary, recommended books, magazines and blogs
• Teaches you what you need to know to get a job, get accepted by a fashion school or even to start your own fashion design business!
Our yearly subscription costs only US$189 per year. In return, you get unlimited access to all of our resources and video lessons. Everything! Look around on the web. Most other online courses cost many hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars for just one class!
We also offer a recurring monthly subscription rate of US$19.95 per month.
It’s easy to subscribe. Go to our website at www.universityoffashion.com. Click on "Sign-up" on the top, right of the screen. On the next page, click "Sign-up Now!" under the Monthly or Yearly Subscription columns. Follow the prompts that appear next.
The University of Fashion was founded and developed by Francesca Sterlacci, a New York fashion designer, educator and author.
Professor Shanna Cupples and founder, Francesca Sterlacci
Still Want to Know More?
Just go to our website at www.universityoffashion.com and click the “Contact” tab on the top, right of the screen.
I have always loved fabrics I didn't know how to make a pattern or put it together. In 2015 I came across to this site and ever since I've been working on it, i have been trying to learn some of it, especially sewing drafting and draping. I have learned some, 😁 yay!! I'm finally making my own clothes! I know there is a lot more to learn and I'm looking forward to it. I'm thankful for this site.
I am really happy to get a fashion education at my place as I couldn't go and attend a fashion design University abroad. I have finished beginner fashion art, draping, pattern making, now I am on the sewing lessons. I don't think any improvement is required, its the best. I shared what I learned with a friend who has achieved a degree from an actual design University, she told me even I was taught the same way and she really couldn't believe I getting an fashion design education online. So this makes me more happier and blessed to get what I dreamt of.
The University of Fashion is an exciting new video library for anyone interested in fashion and the fashion industry. The how-to videos feature short, concise lessons that are focused on individual techniques. This valuable resource will be a useful tool for fashion students, professionals, and home-sewers.
- Claire Shaeffer
Vogue Patterns Designer, Author
Everyone in the fashion industry, whether a student, a hobby aficionado or a professional should have a great resource for reference and support. University of Fashion provides the "how to" at every level for the first timers or just a refresher for the experts. A must have asset.
- Saul Kapilivsky
Miami International University of Art & Design, Professor
The University of Fashion is an awesome new online resource for learning the basics of sewing and design.
- Kara McGrath
The University of Fashion is a wonderful resource for starting a fashion club or adding to existing art classes. It has everything you need from fashion "how-to" lessons to lectures on how to prepare a fashion college portfolio. We added a fashion show component to our annual fundraising gala, featuring our fashion club members' work and now the event is a hit!
- Tim Molak
Woodside Priory School, CA. Headmaster
I am writing to you to THANK YOU for all of the lessons that you made available on your site (especially for the pattern making and draping lessons). I always wanted to learn - I own couple of textbooks, however it is very hard to learn without an instructor. Your professional lessons were all I was missing. You are awesome!
- Lenka Murray
With legitimate professors from F.I.T., Parsons, and other esteemed fashion design schools leading the lessons, it’s the next best thing, at the very least. It’s certainly better than YouTube.
- Dhani Mau
Thank you!! Your site really does have magnificent tutorials for novice and advance illustrators! Def glad I became a member. I have already recommended it to friends.
- Rafael de Peña
High School of the Fashion Industries and FIDM, Graduate
I was lagging behind in class and didn’t remember all the lessons my professor taught, so I went to the demos on University of Fashion for help. Thanks to the great demos I received a really good grade on the project!
- Chanica Pitaksakorn
Fashion Institute of Technology, Student
Thank you for sharing your videos and your adept knowledge with me. I am so happy to gain some insight into this new sewing world! My mission is to make my own clothes. When I was a girl my girlfriend's mom made all her clothes and they were so nice and I was so envious. Now that I am retired I have the chance to do that for myself and others. You have given me a much better understanding!
- Sharon Heslop
I just want to say that I am eternally grateful for this amazing site as it is truly helping me so much on my journey as a self-taught fashion designer! This concept of offering these courses online is easy for me to follow, and I love that I can pause and come back when I get more time to continue working. I just upgraded to 1 year as I know that I will learn so much! This is really the greatest thing that has happened to me in a long time and I thank you again!
- Pip Addis
I have been teaching middle and high school for over 30 years and today I stand in awe of this amazing fashion tool. The University of Fashion video series is simply too good to be true. Every video is factual and correct. As I watch each video, I say; this is exactly how I teach this. The plus for me is that I do not need to do a demo over and over again before students get it. They can just watch these videos and also broaden their skills even beyond my knowledge. I am so grateful to be introduced to the University of Fashion.
- Callie Melton
Fashion Design Services Instructor/A.P.P.S Chair/FCCLA Advisor/Fort Lauderdale High School
In the changing world of education, the University of Fashion has created a valuable library resource for students, teachers and schools. Their online fashion videos are a must-have in any school library. Not only do their how-to lessons provide a solid foundation in fashion design but their lectures on costume history, trend forecasting and the business of fashion provide a well-rounded, birds-eye view of the fashion industry.
- Dr. Kathryn Simon
Parsons The New School for Design, Assistant Professor