An Interview with Carmen Marc Valvo

- - Designer FashionSpeak

As a designer relatively new to the fashion industry, I am thrilled to introduce you to the University of Fashion’s new Designer FashionSpeak Series. In this series, we will bring you up-close and personal interviews with designers working in the industry today. One of the best pieces of fashion advice I have received is “in order to understand the fashion industry, you must experience it.” Think of our Designer FashionSpeak videos as “mini-internships.” First up, Carmen Marc Valvo. Read More

Top 5 Reasons A Subscription to the University of Fashion is the Perfect Gift for the Holidays

Give the unique gift of making design dreams come true this holiday season with a special offer from the University of Fashion. We are offering you a special holiday gift subscription to the U of F at 25% off throughout the holiday season – making this a perfect opportunity to check off the designers on your list – and maybe even treat yourself as well! Take a look at our Top Five Reasons A Subscription to the University of Fashion is the Perfect Gift this Holiday Season…

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Giorgio Armani: Color Tech Surprise

- - Fashion Events

Color from Armani? You must be confused. Armani is synonymous with neutrals – grey, beige, sand. Slate is a bright color for Armani.

Eccentrico” – Giorgio Armani’s traveling retrospective exhibition of his Armani Prive Collection that accompanied his spectacular, star studded “One Night Only” event in New York tells a different story.

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New York City Garment District (7th Avenue) Video Series

Design starts with inspiration. At the University of Fashion, we want to provide you with not only technical skills, but also with history, resources and technological advancements in fabric and production to stretch your imagination and inspire you to create. We have combed (and filmed!) New York City’s Garment District on 7th avenue to bring you a variety of resources which will enhance your design aesthetic and help make your vision a reality. Read More

In the University of Fashion Studio: Filming New Lessons

What an exciting week at the University of Fashion – we have been in the studio filming new lessons based on the skills and information you need to succeed in the fashion industry.  As students, we know you can benefit from refresher videos currently offered by the University of Fashion, such as How to Drape a Bustier/Bodice, How to Sew a Fly Front Zipper or How to Render Leather – however, we are thrilled to introduce you to several new instructors and videos coming your way soon! Read More

A Note from Kara Laricks, University of Fashion’s Newest Blogger

As a former fashion design student, the first winner of NBC’s Fashion Star and as a designer living and working in New York City, I am thrilled to share my experience and expertise with the University of Fashion community. Francesca Sterlacci, founder of the University of Fashion, was once my instructor at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Due to her careful guidance and endless patience, I successfully learned how to pattern and sew a pair of trousers, an a-line dress and a notched collar jacket. When Francesca shared her vision for the University of Fashion with me, I knew I wanted to be a part of her quest to give students, emerging designers and industry professionals the tools and inspiration they need to succeed in the fashion industry.

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Trend Watch: The Bias Drape

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Hand drawing by Madame Grès, Spring/Summer 1948

Hand drawing by Madame Grès, Spring/Summer 1948

Paris Fashion Week continues to impress.  It is so interesting to see what inspires designers.  We love watching the shows unfold, as each collection has a unique story.

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Trend Watch: Crocodile

- - Trends

Three fashion weeks down, one more to go.  Today marks the start of Paris fashion week, and we couldn’t be more excited.  Before Paris fashion week unfolds, we will recap a key trend seen in New York, London and Milan: CROCODILE

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