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.

For Valentino, the story behind the collection was that of the Roman Opera.  Pierpaolo Piccioli was drawn to its “traditions and techniques that are very close to the world of couture”.

The Givenchy collection was also romantic, as Riccardo Tisci drew inspiration from Madame Grès and her legendary drapery.  The collection featured draping of fabrics and cowl necks.

Draping

 How can you create these looks?

First learn a bit more about the History of Draping.  Then head over to our DRAPING section on our website.  Here you will learn to drape beginner to intermediate projects, like draping a Bias Wrap Skirt  or draping a Bias Cowl Blouse.

Wrap Skirt
Wrap Skirt
Draping
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Francesca Sterlacci

Francesca Sterlacci is the CEO of University of Fashion (UoF) which she founded in 2008 as the first online fashion video library bringing the art and craft of fashion design and business to schools, libraries, organizations and the general public. As owner of her eponymous label for ten years, her collection sold in fine stores such as Bergdorf Goodman, Saks, Barneys and Nordstrom. As a professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology for 11 years, she became Chair of the Fashion Design Department where she initiated the complete revision of their AAS and BFA degree programs, as well as wrote three certificate programs: Leather Fashion Design, Outerwear and Haute Couture. Francesca has also taught graduate level fashion design at the Academy of Art University San Francisco for six years, both on site and online. Her publishing accomplishments include: Leather Apparel Design, the Historical Dictionary of the Fashion Industry (First and Second Editions), the A-Z of the Fashion Industry, Leather Fashion Design and a 3-volume beginner series on Draping, Pattern Making and Sewing designed to complement the UoF lessons, set to launch January 2019. She has also made literary contributions to both the Encyclopedia of Clothing & Fashion and You Can Do It! The Merit Badge Handbook for Women. Francesca holds an AAS, BA and an MSEd (master’s degree in higher education).