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Category "Fashion Education"

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

Finding Inspiration

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This week, I was on a mission – to find inspiration.  Whether you are trying to finish sewing a beautifully draped dress to wear to tomorrow night’s event, working on a deadline for a class project or attempting to produce a collection that adheres to the rapid change of retail seasons, fashion moves fast.  Often, as designers, we lack the luxury of time to become truly inspired.  Yet, inspiration leads to a collection’s direction, cohesiveness and most importantly, originality. Read More

Designing with Knits

If you have ever taken the time to visit the knit section at your local fabric store, you know that not all knits are created equal.  Not only do knit fabrics vary in weight and appearance, but most importantly, knit fabrics vary in terms of stretch.  This week, for your pattern making purposes, we bring you Knit Stretch Reductions: Torso Slopers which will teach you how to modify your torso sloper for use with moderate, 2-way, super stretch and ribbed knit fabrics. Read More