University of Fashion Blog

Category "Draping"

Building a strong foundation

- - Draping, Pattern Making

The craftmanship of couture collections never ceases to amaze, and this season was no different. One look at Viktor and Rolf’s Cubist-inspired concoctions reminds us that there is but a blurry line that separates fashion and art. However, this season, we couldn’t help but notice the importance of foundation garments as the sheerest of the sheer frocks walked the runways. Read More

Spot the best and worst construction details this awards season

- - Draping, Red Carpet, Sewing

Awards season is right around the corner in addition to red carpet gowns and inspiration galore. This year, as you select your best and worst dressed lists, we have an added challenge. Be on the lookout for construction details. This week we’ve launched an extension video to our video on Draping a Bustier Bodice. Take a look at the images in the header – whether it’s Allison Williams in Armani Privé or Halle Berry in Nina Ricci – what you see on the red carpet is the result intricate construction underneath.

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Three new dart manipulation videos to be thankful for

- - Draping

In honor of Thanksgiving right around the corner, we are giving thanks for our designers, students, followers and business partners who are contributing to the preservation of the art and craft of fashion design. You may have noticed our website is going through a bit of a face lift as we have added both CAD and Knit sections. We continue to add new videos in all of the U of F disciplines, and this week is no different. Read More

Back to bodice basics

- - Draping, Pattern Making

Are you curious how bridal designers get such a spot-on fit in the bodice of a gown? Take a look at the recent Bridal Fall 2016 offerings from Carolina Herrera, Anne Barge and Lela Rose in the header above. Then, wonder no more.

This week’s two new videos not only go hand-in-hand, but have been deemed by U of F founder, Francesca Sterlacci as, “instructional sloper videos that will be used for tons of designs.” She goes on to say,  “These slopers are CRITICAL to anyone’s fashion sloper library.” With an endorsement like that, we have deemed these basic building blocks as blog worthy. Read More

Though history may shift, the shift dress remains a constant source of inspiration

- - Draping

Over the course of fashion history, we have seen certain silhouettes re-imagined over and over again. When you think of decades past, visions of Poiret’s corsetless high-waisted hobble skirt may come to mind as translated by Yohji Yamamoto. Chanel’s once rebellious, and now iconic, pantsuit has been a source of inspiration for countless designers.  And Vionnet’s celebration of the female form through the use of the bias cut has shown up in the designs of the many present day designers who feature garments which highlight the natural curves of a woman’s body. Read More

Choosing a dress form

- - Draping

For those of you ready to take the plunge and purchase your first dress form, our newest video is for you. And for those of you who have been draping, but would like to be well-versed in the technical names for commonly used measurements on the dress form, our newest video is you as well. In fact, even a seasoned designer will benefit from watching Introduction to Dress Forms. Read More

Learn the Basics and the Sky’s the Limit

- - Draping

The more techniques you have in your back pocket as a designer, the better. Though this week, you may be overflowing with inspiration and have “designs to do” on your list, taking a moment to learn a new technique will enhance your existing designs and inspire you to take your design aesthetic further in the future. Oh, and it never hurts to take a look at a Viktor & Rolf couture collection to further inspire… Read More

What does a fashionista wear camping?

- - Draping

Why, a tent dress, of course.  The hottest days of summer have arrived, and so has our newest draping video. As you think about designing (and dressing) for the summer season, easy loose-fitting pieces inevitably come to mind. We can’t think of a better time to introduce how to drape a tent dress. Read More