Good Gathers

- - Draping, Fashion Shows

Whether it’s the opening look on Saint Laurent’s F/W 2015 runway (see below) or a detail on a Miu Miu skirt (see above – far right), getting the perfect gather is no easy task.

That’s why, this week we bring you our new draping video, Gathered Skirt. Our newest lesson will teach you tips and tricks for getting the perfect gather on a short full skirt. Once you’ve learned the basics, including how to prepare your muslin and how to balance the skirt grain so that your skirt hangs perfectly, you will begin to understand the foundation for the layers upon layers of sheer gathered skirting seen on the McQueen runway this season (see right).

At the University of Fashion, we strive to provide you with foundation lessons. Once you have mastered the basics, you can then allow your imagination to run free with the many applications you’ll discover with your new found skills. After you have learned the process for draping a short gathered skirt, maybe you will experiment with fewer gathers as seen at Chanel (see above, second from left) or perhaps you will create row after row of smaller strips of gathers to create a look similar to that seen at Valentino (see below) this season. No matter how you choose to incorporate gathers into your designs going forward, you will be able to approach draping them more confidently after viewing our latest video.

If you are interested in blending several types of skirts into one as Miu Miu has done for F/W 2015, be sure to check out our other skirt draping videos: Yoke Dirndl Skirt, Flared Skirt, Wrap Skirt and of course, Straight Skirt.


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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.