In the University of Fashion Studio: Filming New Lessons

What an exciting week at the University of Fashion – we have been in the studio filming new lessons based on the skills and information you need to succeed in the fashion industry.  As students, we know you can benefit from refresher videos currently offered by the University of Fashion, such as How to Drape a Bustier/Bodice, How to Sew a Fly Front Zipper or How to Render Leather – however, we are thrilled to introduce you to several new instructors and videos coming your way soon!

Parsons Instructor Marcie Cooperman

Parsons Instructor Marcie Cooperman

Roberto Calasanz (pictured above -right) returns to the University of Fashion for the second time sharing his knowledge on drawing details like ruffles, pleats and collars as well as demonstrating how to find your “sketching voice” or style.  To the left, meet Marcie Cooperman, Parsons instructor and author of Color: How to Use It.  Ms. Cooperman will bring you lessons on color theory and outline the importance of color in fashion.


Lauren Zodel in the University of Fashion Studio

Many of our students ask, “What should I include in my fashion portfolio when applying to design schools?”  Designer Lauren Zodel will give you tips and tricks on how to create a fashion portfolio that is sure to impress the schools of your choice.

Emerging designers need to know How to Create a Tech PackHow to Spec a Garment and How to Create a Flat Drawing – you can watch these instructional videos as soon as you finish reading this blog post.  We also know you need to know how to build a cohesive collection that represents your brand.  Carmen Marc Valvo will share his advice on “How a Designer Designs a Collection.”

Kathlin Argiro

Kathlin Argiro

FIT professor Herb Frichner will discuss “Fashion Marketing in the 21st Century” – an essential tool for any designer, while designer Kathlin Argiro is filming a three part series on “Fashion Designer Start-up 101.” Yours truly will once again be on camera as I share my successes and challenges in the fashion industry during Part 1 of  “FashionSpeak – Designer Series.” From learning how to thread a sewing machine to selling ties on the streets of New York City to Fashion Star, I will share each step of my journey and hopefully inspire and motive you as you make your way in the world of fashion.


FIT Professor Herb Frichner

At U of F, we are dedicated to bringing the best of the best fashion design instructors from around the country into your living room, dorm room and soon, libraries. So grab a latte, get comfortable and start exploring what the University of Fashion has to offer YOU. Choose your starting point and begin to Master Design One Step At A Time.  And as always, please email me with your suggestions for new lessons, blog posts and/or questions at

Until next week!  -K

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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.