University of Fashion Blog

Category "Fashion Education"

Meet Francesca Sterlacci, founder of the University of Fashion

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Exciting developments are on the horizon for the University of Fashion including new video releases, new partnerships and most importantly, a new group of students looking to the U of F to keep their skills sharp over the summer. This makes now the perfect time to introduce you to our founder, Francesca Sterlacci. A pillar in traditional fashion education and a revolutionary in online fashion education, Francesca has found a unique way to support students who currently attend fashion school as well as those who dream of attending, but might not have the access. Read More

Announcing our first on-site Makerspace Fashion Workshop with the Westchester Library System

We have some very exciting news to report – in conjunction with the Westchester Library, the University of Fashion held its first Fashion Workshop led by U of F instructor Barbara Arata-Gavere earlier this month.  The University of Fashion was built on the belief in preserving the art and craft of fashion, and this first-time workshop embodied all that we are working toward. Read More

The latest and greatest in Eco-Textiles

Green. Eco-conscious. Environmentally friendly. These terms have become part of our lexicon in terms of architecture, cuisine and certainly, fashion. But what do they really mean in the fashion industry and how can a label call itself eco-friendly? The truth is, there are many ways that designers can contribute positively to the preservation of the environment and reduce the amount of waste and harmful processing that can often be a part of the way our clothes are produced. Read More

An Interview with The Museum at FIT’s Chief Curator, Valerie Steele

How fortunate I was to have the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Valerie Steele, the Museum at FIT’s chief curator and director for a one on one interview. I relish every opportunity to meet successful women in the fashion industry, but it is a rare chance to learn about a unique career path based in a love for the history of fashion. In our newest video, Valerie Steele shares her one of a kind path in fashion with University of Fashion students. Read More

Put a Twist on Designer’s Block

Ever experience designer’s block? The struggle is real. Perhaps you have been staring at your dress form for a little bit too long trying to decide how to reinvent the jersey slip dress you love so much. Maybe your creative mind is wandering as the holidays approach. No matter what the reason, we have all been there and the U of F is happy to help you out of your design slump. Read More

Feeling Thankful

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With Thanksgiving just a few days away, we have a lot of thanks giving to do. We have had a wonderful year filled with student success stories and brand new videos in each of our six disciplines. Our mission to spread the word about the University of Fashion has resulted in high schools, universities and libraries offering the U of F as a resource to eager fashion design students around the world. And so, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, what we are most T-H-A-N-K-F-U-L for follows… Read More

Defining Your Path in the Fashion Industry

Last week, I had the pleasure of interviewing two very different women with two very different (and yet equally successful) paths in the fashion industry. My first stop was the legendary museum at FIT where I chatted with the museum’s director and curator, Valerie Steele.  I then spent some time with Vicki Tiel, a fashion designer celebrating her 50+ years in the fashion business. Read More

Remembering a Design Legend: Oscar de la Renta

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The passing of Oscar de la Renta has prompted many to write about the legendary designer’s gentlemanly ways and keen ability to dress the most elegant of women. But in today’s world of fast fashion and immediate gratification, the longevity and staying power of the house of Oscar de la Renta provides a reminder that dedication to the craft of fashion design is the basis of a long career in fashion. Read More

New Knit Video, Filming in the Studio and a Review that Made Our Week

Have you ever had one of those days when you thread your needle on the first try, your side seams match perfectly and you have just enough bobbin thread to sew your final seam? The University of Fashion has had one of those weeks! Take a look at the three reasons last week was as exciting as setting a sleeve without a single pucker of fabric.   Read More