Color Theory with Marcie Cooperman

During the past few weeks, color has dominated the runways of New York, London and Milan. From Prabal Gurung to Peter Pilotto to Marni, bold color combinations will be prominent come Fall 2014. But how do designers determine color palettes? Is there a science to color blocking? And why is it that our eye is drawn to some color combinations and not others? This week, the University of Fashion launches two new Color Theory videos in which these questions (and others) will be addressed.

There is no question that color evokes a mood and sets the tone in designer collections from season to season. When Pantone reveals the “It” color of the season, you can expect to see that color pop up in not only fashion, but in beauty products and home décor as well.

Prabal Gurung

Prabal Gurung
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Peter Pilotto

Peter Pilotto
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Marni

Marni
Photo: style.com

In Color Theory: The BasicsMarcie Cooperman, Parsons New School of Design instructor, and author of the book Color: How To Use It,  will teach you key names in Color Theory such as Isaac Newton, Michel Chevreul and Josef Albers as well as their unique contributions to the study of color.

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Learn Key Names in Color Theory

Though you may be familiar with the terms hue, value and intensity thanks to the many photo editing applications you have at your disposal, in Color Theory: The Basics you will learn the meaning of these terms as they relate to color theory and how you can apply these concepts to fashion design.

Hue

Differentiate between Hue, Value and Intensity

In Color Relationships you will begin to look at the adjacent colors in the Marni coat (pictured above) in a new “light” as you understand color complements. You will also have a deeper understanding of Gurung and Pilotto’s choice to pair different hues, values and intensities of reds and oranges on the runway.

Watch the University of Fashion’s two newest videos below. Once you have had an opportunity to “reflect” on your new found color theory knowledge, let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

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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.