University of Fashion Blog

Category "Fashion Education"

How do I get started in the Fashion Industry? Kara Laricks answers.

How do I get started in the fashion industry?”  Since my win on NBC’s Fashion Star, this is the question I am most frequently asked. In the University of Fashion’s newest Designer FashionSpeak video, I will share my unique journey into the fashion industry as well as my five keys to success – education, experience, defining your brand, using your resources and taking time to celebrate your success. Read More

New York City Garment District (7th Avenue) Video Series

Design starts with inspiration. At the University of Fashion, we want to provide you with not only technical skills, but also with history, resources and technological advancements in fabric and production to stretch your imagination and inspire you to create. We have combed (and filmed!) New York City’s Garment District on 7th avenue to bring you a variety of resources which will enhance your design aesthetic and help make your vision a reality. Read More

In the University of Fashion Studio: Filming New Lessons

What an exciting week at the University of Fashion – we have been in the studio filming new lessons based on the skills and information you need to succeed in the fashion industry.  As students, we know you can benefit from refresher videos currently offered by the University of Fashion, such as How to Drape a Bustier/Bodice, How to Sew a Fly Front Zipper or How to Render Leather – however, we are thrilled to introduce you to several new instructors and videos coming your way soon! Read More

Product Development: From Design to Department Store

1140015-10-1307123566936Product Development is known as the process of following a product from concept to production. This process may differ depending on the size of the company. For a medium to large size company, many people are involved in the creation of a new design starting with the creative director and/or the designer who gets the ball rolling with the help of their design assistants. This process begins approximately one to two years in advance of the season for which the merchandise will be sold at retail.

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Pattern Making: 2-D Designs to 3-D Garments

Prada patterns photographed by Brigitte Lacombe

Prada patterns photographed by Brigitte Lacombe

A pattern is a two-dimensional diagram of a garment, drafted by what is known in the fashion industry as a pattern maker or pattern cutter.  The process is also known as pattern drafting, pattern cutting and flat patterning. Once a pattern is made, it is subsequently cut and sewn in fabric to make a garment. The history of pattern making can be traced as far back as the thirteenth century concurrent with the introduction of form-fitting clothing. Tailors and dressmakers authored guides on how to cut and sew men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing. Guilds were formed offering apprentices the opportunity to learn techniques of the trade. By the late 1770s, publications such as Garasault’s Descriptions des Arts et Metiers, Diderot’s Encyclopedie Diderot et D’Alembert: Arts de l’Habillement, and The Tailor’s lnstructor by Queen and Lapsiey, all contained pattern drafts for the professional tailor, as well as the home dressmaker.

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Fashion Art: Drawing and Illustration

French Fashion Plate: 1880

French Fashion Plate: 1880

Fashion Art is the process of visualizing your design ideas through the medium of fashion drawing. The art of fashion drawing dates back to the sixteenth century, much before Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, blogs, and ‘costume’ books depicted regional and ethnic dress. From the seventeenth century through the nineteenth century, France and England produced a multitude of fashion magazines containing fashion illustrations.  Among the most proliferate were Lady’s Magazine, Godey’s Lady’s BookLa Belle Assemblée, Ackerman’s Repository of the Arts, Le Cabinet des Modes, & Gallery of Fashion.  Within these early magazines, fashion plates depicted the latest fashion trends of the times.

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