It’s here. The only fashion resource you will ever need.

Your draping teacher refers to Vionnet.

You think, “Vi-oh, no…I have no idea who that is.”

Your design director announces, “This season I am inspired by Paul Poiret’s tango skirt!”

You think, “I’ve got some research to do.”

You’re just curious…who invented the first pair of jeans?

Get the answers to all of these inquires—in one place.

Introducing the comprehensive source you will want to keep on the corner of your pattern table or on the closest shelf in your studio:

Written by University of Fashion founder, Francesca Sterlacci, former professor and Chairperson at FIT and Joanne Arbuckle, former Dean and currently Deputy to the President for Industry Partnerships and Collaborative Programs at FIT, this brand new Second Edition includes fashion facts from the time of cavemen to the most recent models to walk a catwalk.

Francesca Sterlacci

Francesca Sterlacci

Joanne Arbuckle

Joanne Arbuckle

More like an encyclopedia than a dictionary, this 700+ page fashion history goldmine has over 1,400 cross-referenced, in depth entries covering the people, places and inventions that paved the way for the creation of the fashion industry as we know it today. From fashion designers to fashion magazines, models to illustrators, photographers, celebrities, bloggers and the Internet, it’s all compiled into one resource. Get every last detail on industry terms, jobs, trade unions, organizations, retailers and fashion houses that have shaped the industry’s history and will have an impact on the fashion industry of the future.


And to celebrate the release, we’ve got deals, codes and discounts galore!

This resource is the perfect gift for anyone with a passion for fashion and loves a good “who’s who in the industry” read, the avid history-buff, all aspiring designers, design instructors, or those who are just plainly and simply “fashion curious.”

Get a DEAL on the Historical Dictionary of the Fashion Industry 2nd Edition

As a SPECIAL OFFER, take 30% OFF LIST PRICE  on both hardback and eBook when you use discount code RLFANDF30 at checkout.

978-1-4422-3908-1 • Hardback $150.00 list price (sale price $105.00)

978-1-4422-3909-8 • eBook $142.00 list price (sale price $99.40)

*Discount code can be used with eBook purchases, when available.

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And to celebrate the book launch…University of Fashion is offering a discount to our online fashion library of over 400+ video lessons as well!

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*Both offers expire 12/30/17. You don’t need to buy our book to get either of these discounts!

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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 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.