Feeling Thankful

- - Fashion Education

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, we have a lot of thanks giving to do. We have had a wonderful year filled with student success stories and brand new videos in each of our six disciplines. Our mission to spread the word about the University of Fashion has resulted in high schools, universities and libraries offering the U of F as a resource to eager fashion design students around the world. And so, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, what we are most T-H-A-N-K-F-U-L for follows…

T is for Teachers. We treasure our U of F teachers. Most are full time educators at Parsons, FIT and the like. Some are busy designers running their own companies. Others are museum curators, retailers or illustrators. All are dedicated to preserving the art and craft of fashion design by making instructional videos accessible to every designer through the University of Fashion.

H is for Home Sewers. Home sewers make up a significant part of our design community. We salute those of you with the self discipline and passion to perfect your craft from home.

A is for Aunts, Uncles, etc. We are grateful for aunts, uncles, parents, grandparents and mentors who have passed down their sewing and pattern making skills. This year, we featured a video where Mitch Alfus (leather guru) of Libra Leathers shared his years of experience working with leather and suede – it is this kind of expertise that we feel so fortunate to pass along to our designers.

N is for Needles and Notions. Needles, thread, trim and fabrics – we are thankful for our retailers Mood and M&J Trimming, just to name a couple of our favorite spots for supplies.

K is for Knit Fabric. This year, we debuted a series of videos dedicated to working with knit fabric. We are always looking for ways to give our designers a wider range of skills and we are thankful for our resident knit expert, Martha Palaza.

F is for Fashion Students and Francesca Sterlacci. Without our dedicated fashion students, there would be no University of Fashion. Not a day goes by that we aren’t inspired by what you are learning and creating. On a personal note, this blog author would like to say how very thankful I am for Francesca Sterlacci, founder of the University of Fashion. No one works harder to preserve the art and craft of fashion design than Francesca.

Fashion Blogger and U of F Student, Pip Addis

Fashion Blogger and U of F Student, Pip Addis

U is for University of Fashion Community. We are thankful for all who make the University of Fashion a reality. From our cameraman, Brad Dary, to each professional who has taken the time to share their expertise with University of Fashion students, we are grateful.

L is for Learning and Looking Ahead. Finally, we are thankful for a year of learning and the chance to look forward to the upcoming year packed with new videos and opportunities for our designers!

From all of us at the University of Fashion, wishing you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving!

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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.