All I want for—fill in the holiday—is the gift of fashion

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If you’ve been keeping up with the U of F blog, you’ll know that the Gen Zers on your holiday lists crave experiences. And when it comes to gift giving in 2018 (and beyond), the University of Fashion has experiences galore for the fashionistas in your life, no matter their age. In fact, we have unique gifts that will inspire year-round learning and making for the fashion lovers you know.

Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza, Festivus or simply want to support an aspiring designer’s New Year’s resolution, consider the following gift ideas.


If you are looking for the perfect gift for…

  • Fashionistas of all ages
  • Beginning to advanced fashion design students
  • Emerging and established designers

Give the Historical Dictionary of the Fashion Industry.

A hard-bound, fact-packed, visually-stunning comprehensive guide to fashion through the ages, any fashion-lover would love to open this treat. The Historical Dictionary of the Fashion Industry is a great reference for working designers and a source of must-know history for design students. The best part? This valuable resource makes a beautifully wrapped package and is available on Amazon for delivery before Christmas (at least at the time this blog is being written—they are going fast, I wouldn’t wait to order!).

Want to give a gift that will TEACH and SUPPORT?

If you are looking for the perfect gift for…

  • Aspiring fashion design students of all ages
  • Current fashion design students
  • At-home, self-taught designers
  • Emerging and established designers
  • Current U of F members

Give the gift of U of F’s beginners series for Sewing, Draping and Pattern Making techniques.

These step-by-step guides give aspiring designers clear and concise sewing, draping and pattern making instruction. For established designers, these guides are a must-add to any resource library. Written by U of F founder and edited by two of UoF’s best instructors, Barbara Arata-Gavere and Barbara Seggio (also FIT professors), each guide works in tandem with University of Fashion videos. Students, designers and home sewers will keep these guides open on drafting tables, next to dress forms and alongside sewing machines for constant reference.

And as a gift giver, you will look like a fashionista-in-the-know giving a hot-off-the-presses gift. All three guides are now available for pre-order on Amazon now!


Want to give the gift of experience?

If you are looking for the perfect gift for…

  • Fashion design students of all levels
  • Fashionistas who are curious about pursuing a career in design
  • Womenswear designers
  • Menswear designers
  • Home sewers, drapers and pattern makers
  • Emerging and established designers alike

Give a yearly subscription to the University of Fashion for only $129 or $5 off the first month of a monthly subscription to the U of F.

For a gift that keeps on giving throughout 2019, give an all access pass to the high quality instructional videos at the University of Fashion. A truly unique gift, a membership to the U of F means your loved one will have unlimited access to all U of F videos—including our new menswear discipline (new menswear illustration lessons, too!) as well as brand new CAD pattern making lessons.

If you are already a U of F subscriber, we have a gift for you, too. There’s nothing wrong with treating yourself during the holidays, right? Log in as usual, then look to the left and click “Upgrade to Monthly [or Yearly] Subscription (Special holiday rate).”


Two Holiday Subscription Deals
  • Get $60 off a new Yearly subscription here!
  • That’s more than 30% off our usual $189 yearly rate!
  • Offer Only available for new Yearly subscribers. Current Monthly subscribers or Free Members, see below.

  • Get $5 off your first month of a new Monthly subscription here!
  • That’s more than 25% off our usual $19.95 monthly rate!
  • Offer only available for new Monthly subscribers. Current Free Members, see below.

  • Current Free Members and Monthly subscribers: Log in as usual, then look to the left and click “Upgrade to Monthly [or Yearly] Subscription (Special holiday rate)”.

  • All subscriptions give you unlimited access to every lesson on our entire website!

Wishing you and yours the warmest holiday season and a 2019 filled with fashion, design and style!

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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 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.