Searching for the Perfect Gift for the Designer on Your List?

With the holidays just around the corner, we are full of thanks for our students, instructors, librarians and supporters.  Originally, my plan was to write this post to remind you that the University of Fashion offers holiday gift subscriptions for the designers on your gift list this year. I was prepared to sing the praises of our high quality, step by step instructional videos for beginner, intermediate and advanced designers.  I was also ready to list all of our “freebies,” from select videos to resource lists to daily social media posts, which keep you in the fashion know.

However, as I pondered which new additions to our site I should highlight, I realized that our current students’ voices reflected every reason why giving the gift of the University of Fashion this holiday season is so meaningful – not to mention, a gift that continues to deliver all year long. Rereading the following notes we have received over the past year made all of us at the University of Fashion so very grateful for the U of F community.

I just want to say that I am eternally grateful for this amazing site as it is truly helping me so much on my journey as a self-taught fashion designer! This concept of offering these courses online is easy for me to follow, and I love that I can pause and come back when I get more time to continue working. I just upgraded to 1 year as I know that I will learn so much! This is really the greatest thing that has happened to me in a long time and I thank you again!

– Pip Addis, University of Fashion Student

I have been teaching middle and high school for over 30 years and today I stand in awe of this amazing fashion tool. The University of Fashion video series is simply too good to be true. Every video is factual and correct. As I watch each video, I say; this is exactly how I teach this. The plus for me is that I do not need to do a demo over and over again before students get it. They can just watch these videos and also broaden their skills even beyond my knowledge. I am so grateful to be introduced to the University of Fashion.

– Callie Melton
Fashion Design Services Instructor, A.P.P.S Chair and FCCLA Advisor at Fort Lauderdale High School

As an academic librarian serving fashion design students, I have found the University of Fashion to be an invaluable learning resource. When our students need to review skills learned in class, I can now refer them to more than just static print resources. The UofF’s online video tutorials present key sewing and design skills performed by experts from the fashion industry and top fashion colleges. Numerous students have already shared their enthusiasm for the University of Fashion, and our instructors appreciate the ability to embed video tutorials directly within modules on their online course pages. I highly recommend this resource for academic libraries serving a fashion design program.

– Sandra Ley, Fashion & Visual Arts Librarian at Pima Community College in Tucson, AZ

What more can I say?  Our University of Fashion community says it all! Give a subscription to the U of F this holiday season, and the designers on your list are sure to give thanks.

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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.