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.

Lenka's Draped Bodice

Lenka’s Draped Bodice

Curious about what made Lenka decide to study fashion design online with the U of F, we asked.  And Lenka graciously answered.

U of F:  Tell us a little bit about how your decision to join the University of Fashion.

Lenka:  I have been reading textbooks on pattern making and draping for quite some time. But learning from these books without an instructor is not easy. I, like many, do not live near a college where fashion design courses are offered. So now, finally, with U of F, I and other people who do not have the resources in their hometowns have the opportunity to learn from industry professionals.  I am truly grateful to Ms. Sterlacci for creating this awesome online professional resource.

Draping Bodice in Progress

Draping Bodice in Progress

U of F:  Do you have a background in the fashion industry?

Lenka:  I already have a bit of a background in the clothing industry. Back in the Czech Republic, I majored as a furrier in school. I choose the fur industry as it is a niche and different market from other fashion categories. I learned all the aspects of creating a fur coat – for example designing a coat, designing a pattern in which fur skins are laid out, sewing on a special machine, hand finishing… It was an interesting experience, however, after graduating I did not wish to continue to work in this field because I am an animal lover.

Completed Bustier Bodice

Completed Bustier Bodice

U of F:  What are your goals as you continue to use the University of Fashion’s self paced approach?

Lenka:  So far, I have draped a couple of slopers and the bustier bodice with U of F videos. I am confident that soon I will be able to create patterns of any design.  My goal is to work through all of the lessons on U of F!

Lenka’s work has been published on Burda Style and Kollabora.  Needless to say, we are very proud and look forward to following Lenka’s progress.  Now, it’s your turn.  Have a draped muslin,  illustration, or pattern you would like us to feature?  Find out how to submit your work here.


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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.