Meet Our Instructors

Our 30-day free access offer to schools and our special promo to individual subscribers in response to Covid19, has resulted in a huge increase in the number of people viewing and learning with us. So, we thought we’d to take this opportunity to introduce you to a few of our very talented instructors who have so generously shared their knowledge with University of Fashion.

With 13 disciplines and 500 videos to learn from (draping, pattern making, sewing, fashion art, product development, knits, childrenswear, menswear, CAD fashion art, CAD pattern making, accessories design, fashion business and fashion lectures) that’s a lot of teachers! Here a sampling of who they are and what they teach:

Dr. Valerie Steele’s lecture will take you into her exciting world as Chief Curator & Director of the Museum at FIT, where she has organized more than 30 exhibitions since 1997. Learn how cultural studies at Yale sparked an interest in how fashion influences culture and Valerie’s journey from fashion historian to curator, author and fashion icon. A prolific author, Valerie combines serious scholarship with a rare ability to communicate with general audiences. She is author or co-author of more than a dozen books, including A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk (Yale, 2013), Shoe Obsession (Yale, 2013), Fashion Designers A-Z: The Collection of The Museum at FIT (Taschen, 2012), Akris (Assouline, 2012), The Impossible Collection Fashion (Assouline, 2011), Daphne Guinness (Yale, 2011), Japan Fashion Now (Yale, 2010) Gothic: Dark Glamour (Yale, 2008), The Corset: A Cultural History (Yale, 2001); Paris Fashion (Oxford, 1988, revised edition, (Berg, 1999); Fifty Years of Fashion (Yale, 1997) Fetish: Fashion, Sex and Power (Oxford University Press, 1996), Women in Fashion: 20th Century Century Designers (Rizzoli, 1991) and Fashion and Eroticism (Oxford 1985). She is also editor-in-chief of the three-volume Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion (Scribners, 2005) abridged as The Berg Companion to Fashion (Berg, 2011).

Steven Broadway’s lessons for University pf Fashion focus on contemporary fashion illustration. His lessons include: Sketching Handbags, Sketching Shoes, Drawing a Female Contemporary Figure, Drawing a Male Contemporary Figure, Drawing Androgynous Men’s & Women’s Figures and Drawing Children. Steven is a Parsons graduate and an artist, photographer/educator, based in NYC. He teaches Fashion Art and Design at Parsons and at the Fashion Institute of Technology, as well as has lectured and conducted workshops on fashion design internationally. Steven’s work has been featured in art galleries, newspapers, magazines and in books. Working with students in the classroom is his passion.

Marcie Cooperman specializes in color theory, crocheting and knitting! Her lessons: Color Theory: The Basics and Color Relationships teach very important aspects of color that every designer must know. Marcie’s crochet lessons include stitches such as: Half Double Crochet V-Stitch, Shell Stitch and how to Crochet a Tabard Tank. In 2014, Marcie published a textbook with Pearson entitled, Color: How to Use It. For almost twenty years, Marcie has been a highly regarded professor at Parsons the New School where she teaches Color Theory in the Art, Media and Technology Department, as well as Fashion Marketing in Parson’s Fashion Marketing Department. She was also a professor of color theory at Pratt’s Graduate Department of Communications Design and the Industrial Design Department for many years.

Shanna Cupples is our resident swimwear & intimate apparel expert. Her lessons include: Draping a Bra, Draping a One Piece Bodysuit/Swimsuit, Swimwear Construction Techniques and Drafting a Panty Sloper. Shanna is a creative and technical designer with expertise in the categories of bras, intimate apparel, seamless apparel, activewear, and swimwear, and was an adjunct professor at FIT. She brings with her 14 years of design, development, fitting, and engineering experience and has worked with some of the most esteemed and respected organizations within the intimate and apparel industries, among them, Limited Brands, Komar Brands, Delta Galil, Vandale Industries, Biflex Intimates Group and engaged in custom work by engineering costumes for Britney Spears.

Martha Palaza is a pattern making maven and teaches many lessons for us that range from pattern making and grading, to how to make bust cup adjustments and how to work with knits. Martha has also coordinated our CAD pattern making lessons in partnership with Tukatech. Martha is an apparel design professional whose experience and education has focused on production, manufacturing, and teaching. Her skills include patternmaking, draping, garment construction, and textiles. She has worked as a Costume Technician for Costume Works of Somerville, Massachusetts, whose clients are national theater and opera troupes and entertainment companies. When not working as a freelance pattern maker, Martha teaches at the School of Fashion Design (Boston).

A Reminder to High Schools & Colleges

We are offering all high schools and colleges a free one-month access to our University of Fashion content library of over 500 educational videos. Teachers, should coordinate their school’s request and send that request to, and we will provide your school with an access code. So…students, tell your teachers!

The goal of our free 30-day access to schools only, is to help schools salvage the balance of their semester. In preparation for the fall, in the event the pandemic continues into the next semester, we have waived our one-year school subscription minimum and are now offering special shortened subscription terms and rates.

Since 2008, University of Fashion has been providing individuals, groups, schools and public libraries with hands-on and lecture lessons in fashion design and fashion business. Many of our subscriber schools have been using our content in hybrid classrooms for years. Just read our testimonials.

As you use our library, we’d love your feedback. Tell us which are your favorite lessons and what new lessons you’d like to see? Send comments to us at

To Individual Subscribers

For those who are not currently enrolled in school but would like to take advantage of our library, we are now offering an individual membership deal. Get $20 off a yearly membership (was $189 now $169) using promo code NEWS21Y. Offers expire 12/31/20



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Francesca Sterlacci is the CEO of University of Fashion (UoF) which she founded in 2008 as the first on-demand online fashion video library bringing the art and craft of fashion design and business to schools, libraries, organizations and the general public. As owner of her eponymous label for ten years, her collection sold in fine stores such as Bergdorf Goodman, Saks, Barneys and Nordstrom. As a professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology for 11 years, she became Chair of the Fashion Design Department where she initiated the complete revision of their AAS and BFA degree programs, as well as wrote three certificate programs: Leather Fashion Design, Outerwear and Haute Couture. Francesca has also taught graduate level fashion design at the Academy of Art University San Francisco for six years, both on site and online. Her publishing accomplishments include: Leather Apparel Design, the Historical Dictionary of the Fashion Industry (First and Second Editions), the A-Z of the Fashion Industry, Leather Fashion Design and a 3-volume beginner series on Draping, Pattern Making and Sewing designed to complement the UoF lessons. She has also made literary contributions to both the Encyclopedia of Clothing & Fashion and You Can Do It! The Merit Badge Handbook for Women. Francesca holds an AAS, BA and an MSEd (master’s degree in higher education).