University of Fashion Blog

Category "Draping"

Learning fashion design just got easier, thanks to UoF founder and author, Francesca Sterlacci

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Helen Ronan & Anastasia Scott (Laurence King Publishing), Francesca Sterlacci (University of Fashion), Dr. Jennifer Harmon (winner) and Jane Hegland (ITAA President)

In the fashion industry, so many of us can get swept up in the shiny end result presented on the runway during fashion week or the most viewed Instagram story of the day or perhaps, the must-have It Bag of the season.

And sometimes, the work of the dedicated, behind-the-scenes professionals who make It Bags and Instagram-worthy content possible in the first place, can go unnoticed. In this post, I’m not talking about hard-working designers, pattern makers and sewers—I’m going one step further behind the scenes to feature someone who works tirelessly to support designers in every which way she can—University of Fashion founder, Francesca Sterlacci. Read More

A Proud Look Back and a Sneak Peek into What’s Ahead at the University of Fashion

Happy 2018, U of F designers! 2017 has wrapped, and our hope for you in 2018 is that you take a moment to look back and recognize your accomplishments over the past year with as much excitement as you look forward to your new goals.

So, what are your top 3 proudest moments of 2017?

And your top 3 plans for 2018?

We’re asking ourselves the same questions. Read More

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