Let’s Do the Twist

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From Rihanna’s River Island collection to Helmut Lang to Lanvin, front twist draping is a detail that adds interest and dimension to skirts, shirts and every garment in between.


In our newest draping video, Center Front Twist, we show you how to create a professional looking center front draped twist that you can then transfer to your own design.  Instructor Barbara Arata-Gavere will teach you how to prepare your dress form and fabric.

Once you have learned how to create the center front twist, you will then learn how to turn your excess fabric into ruching at the side seams of your drape.

Instructor Arata-Gavere will show you how to mark and true your drape as well as how to add seam allowance.  Trust us, our newest videos will have you dancing at your dress form. Stay tuned for the next two videos in our Twist Series – Asymmetric Twist and Skirt Twist.  And until then…


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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.