Noteworthy Newcomers: Announcing FCCLA Contest Winners

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There is nothing like starting off a new semester with the announcement of contest winners! Before we announce the winners of our recent contest with the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), we would like to extend a warm welcome back to all of you who are currently in design school or joining the University of Fashion for the first time.

Happy new semester to our students who are studying at Parsons, FIT, London College of the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth, Academy of Art and the many other colleges using the U of F as a resource, not to mention our newest high school students, public library patrons and fashion manufacturers.

The University of Fashion recently held a contest for our high school students associated with FCCLA. We asked that our young designers submit work created using U of F instructional videos. Two winners were selected and awarded a $100 gift certificate to Amazon.com. Without further ado, meet our winners!

Congratulations to KAITLIN WRIDE of Flathead High School in Kalispell, Montana!

Kaitlin Wride, winner for her French Seam

Kaitlin Wride, winner for her French Seam

We were impressed by Kaitlin’s attention to detail and her willingness to take on learning how to sew a seam saved for the finest and most well-made of garments. In Kaitlin’s words, “For my project, I made a French Seam with lots of help from the video, French Seam Finish. I learned numerous new tips and tricks. I am okay at sewing, but I like crafting, too. I always feel like learning or making something new. In fact, I recently joined the club, FCCLA. I am planning on taking the skills I learned and applying them for my project in the category Recycle and Redesign. In this project, you recycle an item and repurpose it; the most common entries are clothes. I enjoy recycling and participated in our local farmers market selling my crafts, which include bows made from old magazines and wreaths made from used books. I know the techniques I have learned will really benefit me in my future projects.” Well done, Kaitlin!

Congratulations to CHARLOTTE BARTON of Flathead High School in Kalispell, Montanta!

Charlotte Barton, winner for her Female Side Pose Illustration

Charlotte Barton, winner for her Female Side Back Pose/Rendering Velvet Illustration

We were particularly taken by Charlotte’s inspiration for her design. Charlotte says, “This is one of my creations using the University of Fashion website and videos. I illustrated a navy blue ballroom gown and elbow-length gloves with peach accents. I referenced the Female Side Back Pose video and the Rendering Velvet video from the Fashion Art category. My sister, who attended the Marine Corps Ball in 2012 and 2013 inspired the project. She wore a white floor-length dress both years. She plans on attending again this year and wanted more ideas for this year’s dress. I based the dress on her two favorite colors: navy blue and peach. I also incorporated some of my favorite aspects in a dress. I made the dress backless and laced around the neck and bust. Although not visible, the dress is a sweetheart neck that then transitions into peach lace that covers the rest of the chest, collarbone, and neck. I included elbow-length gloves to give a modest feel, since the dress is intended for a formal ball.” We think Charlotte has a very lucky sister. Congratulations, Charlotte!

Finally, we would like to award an honorable mention to Jenevieve Wiegman (see illustration in header). Jenevieve is a senior at Arapahoe High School in Colorado and plans on majoring in fashion design. She referenced our Rendering Leopard video to illustrate her entry, and we think she did an outstanding job. Congrats to our winners and a big thank you to all of the students that entered!

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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.