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Drawing Design Details: Side Pleats, Ruffle Pleats and Smocking

Saint Laurent, Rodarte and Christopher Kane are just a few design houses that make good use of the design details (as seen above) we are featuring this week in our newest Fashion Art videos.  In our latest round of illustration videos with Roberto Calasanz, we show you how to map and shade Side Pleats, Ruffle Pleats and Smocking.  Coincidentally, we found all three of these design details in Karen Walker’s 2015 Resort collection.  The following examples illustrate how learning Fashion Art skills with the University of Fashion’s videos can be translated into unique designs. Read More

The University of Fashion Celebrates First Birthday

Happy 1st birthday to the University of Fashion!  The U of F turned one on July 4th, and we would like to take this opportunity to look back on our first year as your online destination for fashion design instruction.  With 20,000 subscribers over the past year alone, we are as excited to look back as we are forward.  We are so grateful for you, our subscribers, as well as our talented teachers who have so generously shared their skills and knowledge following the mission of keeping the art and craft of fashion design alive! 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

A Note from Kara Laricks, University of Fashion’s Newest Blogger

As a former fashion design student, the first winner of NBC’s Fashion Star and as a designer living and working in New York City, I am thrilled to share my experience and expertise with the University of Fashion community. Francesca Sterlacci, founder of the University of Fashion, was once my instructor at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Due to her careful guidance and endless patience, I successfully learned how to pattern and sew a pair of trousers, an a-line dress and a notched collar jacket. When Francesca shared her vision for the University of Fashion with me, I knew I wanted to be a part of her quest to give students, emerging designers and industry professionals the tools and inspiration they need to succeed in the fashion industry.

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