Designer Holiday Wish List

We have been very good designers this year and therefore, here are the gifts the University of Fashionistas are dreaming about this holiday season!

  • A Gift Card to an Art Supply Store -  Utrecht and Blick are two of our favorites.  If you would prefer to wrap a few supplies as a special treat, take a look at the accompanying Tools & Supplies section in our Fashion Art videos below.
Rendering Sequins

Rendering Sequins

Rendering Velvet

Rendering Velvet

Rendering Shine

Rendering Shine

  • Muslin – Also known as a Draper’s blank canvas, a designer can never have enough muslin.  Available at any fabric store, this is a gift that will be put to good use.
  • Fabric – When the time comes to sew a final garment, there is nothing more exciting than picking out fabric.  We suggest giving gift cards to Mood or B&J Fabrics for fabric and M&J Trimming for trim.
Mood Fabrics

Mood Fabrics

B&J Fabrics

B&J Fabrics

M&J Trimming

M&J Trimming

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Kara Laricks is a regular contributor to the University of Fashion. She’s also a New York based women's wear and accessories designer. As the first winner of NBC's Fashion Star, Kara has designed collections for H&M, Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue. Her masculine meets feminine line, Kara Laricks, debuted at New York Fashion Week in 2012 and her S/S 2013 collection sold exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue. Kara's designs have been featured on the Today Show and HBO's True Blood as well as covered in Women's Wear Daily and on Style.com. Kara holds Master's degrees in both Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kansas and in Fashion Design from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. An educator turned designer, Kara is dedicated to supporting emerging designers and inspiring others to follow where dreams lead.