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.


Whether at the neck, on a skirt or down the back of a gown as seen in Jason Wu’s Pre Fall 2014 collection, a cascade ruffle adds dramatic flair to any design.  In our newest videos, you will learn how to draw  beautiful cascade ruffles both at the neck of a softly draped blouse and in a series on a skirt.  Instructor Roberto Calasanz will teach you how to map your fashion pose as well as how draw and shade your ruffles.  You will then be able to use your new found techniques when illustrating your own designs.


Alexander Wang and Alice Temperley are recent fans of Accordion Pleats, and now you can illustrate this sharp detail with ease.  We will teach you how to map the pleats, how to refine your line quality and how to shade the pleats, resulting in a dramatic effect.


Finally, we introduce a perfect compliment to our Draping a Bias Cowl Blouse video with our Draped Pannier-Cowl illustration video.  Our goal is to give you all the tools you need, from initial sketch to the final stitch in your design.



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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.