A beautifully constructed collar can serve as a basic building block to great design. This week we focus on five (Yes, five!) new videos dedicated to all of your collar patterning needs.
Nicolas Ghesquiére’s debut collection for Louis Vuitton in Paris last week has launched a love affair with leather for Fall 2014. In A Dozen Girls, Juergen Teller captures both the inspiration and the artistry behind Ghesquiére’s FW14 collection for Louis Vuitton. Ghesquiére himself calls his team, “the best in the world” in terms of their knowledge and workmanship and Nicole Phelps of Style.com claims that outside of Ghesquiére’s collection, “You won’t find a more luxurious coat than the black crocodile … or a jacket as well made as the one he patchworked in different colored leathers.” How do designers begin working with leather? The University of Fashion has created a series of videos dedicated to working with leather to answer that question. Read on… Read More
We have seen Marc Jacobs’ last collection for Louis Vuitton and just days ago, we were introduced to Jeremy Scott’s first collection for Moschino. As designers play musical chairs at the helm of famed design houses, sometimes I am left humming Rihanna’s Please Don’t Stop the Music, just so I have enough time to learn how to pronounce Ghesquière. As we prepare to see Nicolas Ghesquière’s debut collection for Louis Vuitton in Paris this week, I have prepared a little cheat sheet for you in order to keep your designers and their current houses in order. Read More
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. Read More
Recently, one of the University of Fashion’s talented students, Lenka Murray, sent us several photographs of her work after completing our videos Draping: Bodice Sloper and Draping: Bustier Bodice. Not only were we impressed with Lenka’s attention to detail and willingness to share her process, but we were also inspired to create our new blog feature, Student Spotlight. In our first Student Spotlight, we feature Lenka, who has a very relatable story and in our opinion, a true talent for draping. Thanks to Lenka, we are on the lookout for our next Student Spotlight, an honor which not only comes with a feature on the U of F blog, but also a $50 gift certificate to Amazon.com. Click here for details on submitting your work. Read More
What have you created with the help of the University of Fashion’s online instruction? We want to feature you and your work in our blog feature: Student Spotlight.
We are offering prizes in the following 4 categories: Draping, Patternmaking, Sewing and Fashion Art. One winner will be selected in each category and featured on the University of Fashion’s blog as well as win a $50 gift certificate to Amazon.com. Read More
The average American woman wears a size 14. Online retailer ASOS has added Curve & Plus Size to serve size 14-22 clients, while Saks Fifth Avenue boasts Salon Z for its plus size customers. According to a recent article on Fashionista.com, though retailers are making an effort to serve the average American woman’s clothing needs, plus size women insist that finding “fashion-forward fare isn’t necessarily getting easier.” At the University of Fashion, we strive to give you the tools to design for all markets, allowing you to the freedom to decide where your design path will take you. Read More
Our goal at the University of Fashion is to help you drape, draw and sew your way to the collection of your dreams. We are proud to inspire and support emerging designers with growing labels. We are especially eager to act as a resource for anyone interested in a fashion career and as a tutor for fashion design students enrolled in design programs around the world. This week, we would like to highlight our very first library affiliation with the well known Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) located in the heart of New York City’s Garment District. As one of the oldest fashion schools in the country, founded in 1944, FIT has graduated some of the most renown designers in the industry: Calvin Klein, Norma Kamali and Michael Kors, to name a few. Their expert faculty and extensive ties in the fashion industry puts them on top as one of the Top 10 premiere fashion schools in the world. Read More
We understand (and advocate) the importance of developing your own sketching style, however, we also do not want anything to come between your design ideas and communicating them on paper. Therefore, we have enlisted designer and illustrator Jaehoon Lee to create a set of fashion croquis that you can download for free through the University of Fashion. Simply “Like” our post with Facebook or become a free member to our site by visiting our homepage for details. Read More
The fashion industry is comprised of equal parts art and commerce. Without creative application of your draping, sewing and illustration skills, there is no product to sell. Without sales, it can be difficult to continue the creative process. As an emerging designer, you will need to bridge the gap between art and commerce and determine a strategy to get your product to your consumer. At the University of Fashion, we call that bridge MARKETING. Read More