New Fashion Art Videos: Illustrating Collars

We’ve taught you how to pattern collars and how to drape a notch collar jacket.  Now we are excited to bring you a new series of Fashion Art videos which will teach you how to illustrate a Mandarin Collar, a Peter Pan Collar, a Bow-Tie Collar and a Notch Collar Lapel.

Seen on the Marc Jacobs Spring 2014 runway, the Mandarin collar has made a comeback. This spring, Marques’ Almeida put a new twist on the traditional Mandarin collar by showing this unique detail in denim.  Dream up your own take on the Mandarin collar and learn how to illustrate your design using our newest video.

Seen at ChanelTory Burch and Jasper Conran (just to name a few), variations of the Peter Pan collar seemed to pop up everywhere in Spring 2014 collections.  A great alternative to a traditional collar and stand, learning how to illustrate the Peter Pan collar will broaden your options when designing.

Whether fabricated in organza as seen in the Michael Kors Pre Fall 2014 collection or shown in a softer silk as seen in the Jenny Packham Spring 2014 collection, a bow-tie collar adds instant drama and flair.  University of Fashion instructor Roberto Calasanz will teach how to illustrate a basic bow-tie collar, however with the skills you learn, you will be ready to add a draped bow anywhere your design heart desires.

Finally, learning how to illustrate a notch collar lapel will give you the freedom to exaggerate or refine your jacket and coat designs.  Season after season, Thom Browne reinvents the notch collar lapel and newcomer Rosie Assoulin’s exaggerated lapels are quickly becoming her signature.  For additional collar-spiration, take a look at the University of Fashion’s Pinterest page – and be on the lookout next week as we add even more Fashion Art videos.

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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.