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
2014 is right around the corner and that means it is time to design your New Year’s resolutions. Need a little help? Determine which type of designer you are below and follow our plan to make 2014 the year you reach your design goals. Read More
Japanese artist, writer and designer Yayoi Kusama exhibiting at the David Zwirner Gallery in NYC? You had me at “Japanese. I’ve always been inspired by Japanese fashion designers including Yohji Yamamoto, Rei Kawakubo and Limi Feu. You could say I have a penchant for the avant garde, so I was thrilled to discover I had a little over a month to see the Yayoi Kusama exhibit in Chelsea. I was not quite as thrilled to hear about lines into the exhibit rivaling this summer’s Rain Room exhibit at the MOMA and the ongoing Cronut Craze.
“How do I get started in the fashion industry?” Since my win on NBC’s Fashion Star, this is the question I am most frequently asked. In the University of Fashion’s newest Designer FashionSpeak video, I will share my unique journey into the fashion industry as well as my five keys to success – education, experience, defining your brand, using your resources and taking time to celebrate your success. Read More
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