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.
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.
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.
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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