New 3-Part Video Series: Fashion Startup 101

- - Fashion Business

You have completed the University of Fashion’s lessons in draping, pattern making and sewing and now you are ready to turn your love of fashion design into a business.  In our new 3-part series, Fashion Startup 101, New York based dress designer Kathlin Argiro shares everything you need to consider when starting your business.  From targeting your customer to sample making to developing a selling strategy, the University of Fashion breaks down the process. Read More

All About Leather

- - Fashion Education

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

The Designer Game of Musical Chairs

- - Fashion Education

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

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. Read More

Our First Student Spotlight: Lenka Murray

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

Win $50 to Amazon.com Open Call for Student Work

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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

Download FREE Plus Size Croquis

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