The Art of Fabric Manipulation

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From the daring to the demure, fabric manipulation techniques make garments into one of a kind pieces of art. Whether you lean toward the avant garde masterpieces shown by Comme des Garçon or the delicate confections that are Marchesa’s signature, learning fabric manipulation techniques is one way to make your garments stand apart from the rest.

This week, we introduce our new video, Fabric Manipulation Swirl Pattern. Our videos are meant to teach you “the rules” and spark your imagination in terms of your own design. Once you have had the chance to watch our fabric manipulation video, take some time to browse Comme des Garçon’s Fall/Winter 2013 collection and see if you can identify how the technique you have just learned was applied on a grander scale.

Then, take a look at both Marchesa’s Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter 2015 collections. Identify where the swirl pattern has been applied and notice the range of designs that can come from the use of this technique.

Another great source of inspiration when it comes to fabric manipulation is The Cutting Class. Often this site breaks down runway looks and gives us some insight in to how the looks were achieved. Take a look at The Cutting Class’ thoughts on Alexander McQueen’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection. From smocking to pleating to embroidery, the University of Fashion is here to support your education in sewing, pattern drafting, draping and illustration.

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Kara Laricks is a regular contributor to the University of Fashion. She’s also a New York based women's wear and accessories designer. As the first winner of NBC's Fashion Star, Kara has designed collections for H&M, Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue. Her masculine meets feminine line, Kara Laricks, debuted at New York Fashion Week in 2012 and her S/S 2013 collection sold exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue. Kara's designs have been featured on the Today Show and HBO's True Blood as well as covered in Women's Wear Daily and on Kara holds Master's degrees in both Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kansas and in Fashion Design from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. An educator turned designer, Kara is dedicated to supporting emerging designers and inspiring others to follow where dreams lead.