Welcome, FIT Students!

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.   

University of Fashion Founder and CEO, Francesca Sterlacci

University of Fashion Founder and CEO, Francesca Sterlacci

We have special ties to FIT as Francesca Sterlacci, founder of the University of Fashion, was an FIT professor for 11 years as well as the chair of FIT’s fashion department from 2001-2004. Not only did Francesca bring the Stoll knitwear computer lab to the school and create 3 certificate programs but she was also responsible for giving the BFA students their own fashion show. Last, but certainly not least, Francesca is also a proud FIT alum and therefore acting as a valuable resource to FIT students “seams” like the perfect “fit.”

Our Instruction is Clear, Concise and Self-Paced

Our Instruction is Clear, Concise and Self-Paced

As FIT students return to spring semester classes, we are happy to announce that through the University of Fashion’s partnership with the Fashion Institute of Technology, enrolled students will now have exclusive access to the U of F’s expansive online fashion design video library. We encourage FIT students to use our videos to support in-class learning and allow us to act as a tutor for basic skills review.

Sample Lesson - Sewing a Double Welt Pocket

Sample Lesson – Sewing a Double Welt Pocket

To our new partners in online learning, also known as FIT’s brightest and best, we welcome you to the University of Fashion. Need a quick review on putting in a fly front zipper? The University of Fashion is here to help.  Project due tomorrow and you need to know how to render plaid?  No problem.  Not exactly sure how to get that welt pocket to line up?  You get the idea.  Here’s to a new and valuable resource as well as a stylish spring semester!

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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.