University of Fashion Blog

Category "Fashion Education"

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

Drawing Design Details: Ruffles, Pleats and Panniers

Popping up on recent runways and sure to be a staple for Fall 2014, ruffles and pleats are having quite a fashion moment.  Just in trend-driven time, the University of Fashion brings you a new series of Fashion Art videos dedicated to drawing design details.  In the first of our new Fashion Art videos, we show you how to illustrate a Cascade Neck Ruffle, a Cascade Skirt Ruffle,  Accordion Pleats and a Draped Pannier-Cowl.
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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Knits

Ever wonder how Missoni achieves an immaculate fit in knit?  Do you stand in front of the knit fabric section in Mood wondering what makes a jersey knit different from a rib knit?  Do you shy away from designing with knit fabrics because you have questions about stretch, weight and the content of knit fabric?  We have answers to these and many other knit-related questions in our newest video series dedicated to working with knit fabrics. Read More

Celebrating FIT and Parsons 2014 Graduates

From color and quirk to neutrals and knits, this year’s graduate runways have it all.  As an educational resource for the Fashion Institute of Technology as well as Parsons The New School for Design, we can’t help but feature their graduates’ work and feel proud that the University of Fashion offers an online video library to assist these talented graduates in reaching their goals. Read More

Supporting Students Coast to Coast with Decades of Fashion History

The University of Fashion’s supportive reach now stretches from coast to coast.  This week, we extend a warm welcome to our two newest educational partners, Brooklyn College and Oregon State University.  In addition to our geographic expansion, we recently added two new videos to our ever expanding video resource library:  100 Years of Rebels and Revolutionaries: Part 1 and Part 2Read More

All About Leather

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Nicolas Ghesquiére’s debut collection for Louis Vuitton in Paris last week has launched a love affair with leather for Fall 2014.  In A Dozen Girls,  Juergen Teller captures both the inspiration and the artistry behind Ghesquiére’s FW14 collection for Louis Vuitton.  Ghesquiére himself calls his team, “the best in the world” in terms of their knowledge and workmanship and Nicole Phelps of Style.com claims that outside of Ghesquiére’s collection, “You won’t find a more luxurious coat than the black crocodile … or a jacket as well made as the one he patchworked in different colored leathers.”  How do designers begin working with leather?  The University of Fashion has created a series of videos dedicated to working with leather to answer that question.  Read on… Read More