Laura Volpintesta, Fashion Educator, Illustrator, Designer, Author of the Language of Fashion Design  and co-author of the Fashion Design Resource and Specification Book. Fashion Design Faculty Parsons the New School for Design ince 1997. Assistant Professor of Fashion Design and Faculty 2006-present

contact: info@laura-from-fashionillustration-tribe


based on 30 years of teaching Fashion Design at Parsons School of Design School of Fashion and right here at Fashion Illustration Tribe.

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Model Drawing Basic Lesson– 12 minute video

Beginning your journey mini- course

top resources for fashion students: art supplies

ART SUPPLIES resources for fashion students: Students Illustration and Design Sketching

My Illustration Art Supply Cart at Utrecht.for fashion illustration and sketching

Reeves Gouache ($)  Winsor and Newton Gouache ($$$)

Fashion Design BOOK resources for fashion students

This video of mine also includes all the links in its caption and shows you all of my fave books for fashion students!

Fashion Design Course by Steven Faerm is affordable and covers everything we cover in my Soulful Fashion Foundation Program

Draping Book: 

Basic Foundations, (this is the book I had at home to help me through my first year of draping class, this is a good reference without any distractions. It’s not EXACTLY what i teach in my Patternmaking Demystified pattern and draping class but as close as you’ll get ): 

Creative, vivid photos, explores roots and modern styles with step by step draping :

  • Draping: the Complete Course by Kathryn Kissl
resources for fashion students: Patternmaking tutorials Laura Volpintesta, founder , Fashion Illustration Triibe

Patternmaking for Fashion Design, this book includes wonderful illustrations that show variations, plus clear design details and shadows, for informing your own sketches as well as total vocabulary of pattern techniques:

Fashion Design Process: examples of portfolios, research, flats, designers, design process.

  • Fashion Design Course: by Steven Faerm

  • Pattern Making for Fashion Design by Helen Joseph Armstrong with clear sketches and flat pattern drafting

  • Couture Sewing Book-

Couture Sewing by Claire Shaeffer

  • Basic Sewing Book essential resource for fashion students!

Sewing for Fashion Design by Connie Amaden Crawford

  • FABRIC FOR FASHION Swatch book:

(the swatches are all white but the quality and description are excellent)

  • Fabric for Fashion TEXT book -learn the truth about the difference between natural and synthetic fabrics and fibers, and how they come to be and impact the environment.

Fabric Pattern/Print Design for fashion students

An excellent COLOR theory book for fashion students, artists and designers

  • Color: How to Use It by Marcie Cooperman

top resources for fashion students: Books

Books by Laura Volpintesta

the Language of Fashion Design: 26 Principles Every Fashion Designer Should Know:

The Fashion Designers Reference and Specification Book

YOUTUBE RESOURCES for fashion students

Zoe Hong is an awesome channel for learning fashion student learning school stuff!  She’s amazing!

Check out my Youtube channel for illustration and design sketching,, model drawing, Language of Fashion Design masterclasseses, digital illustration and technical design tutorials and more.

top resources for fashion students: croquis templates


for sketching fashion design students can use a ready-body to sketch over called a croquis

Childrens , Tweens -Menswear croquis- Womens-Plus Size – Maternity croquis pages on my site

Explore this whole Fashion Illustration website BLOG for articles and resources!

resources for fashion students Adobe fresco for fashion illustration by Laura volpintesta

iPad/ Digital DEVICE APPS: top resources for fashion students

  1. Pret a template croquis templates: download/ print bodies -app for template sketching on iPad or tablet/Google Play – I love the templates but I DON’T RECOMMEND THIS APP FOR SKETCHING. The apps listed below are infinitely better- just use the templates from P.A.T and pull them into the other apps.
  2. Tayasui Sketches App for iPad or Google Play
  3. Procreate app 
  4. Autodesk Sketchbook Pro
  5. Repaper App
  6. Adobe Fresco app
  7. Photo Collaging apps to use in tablet or phone, ipad.
  8. Adobe Capture app for pulling out COLOR PALETTES/ color stories
  9. Canva for easy graphic design and mood boards, collaging, etc
  10. Pinterest for design research, poses, fabrics, collections, everything!

Research/ trend sites/ Fashion forecasting: top resources for fashion students

First is an incredible archive! Fashion calendar for all countries,  archives all designers runway, beauty and backstage for every Fashion week! AMAZING! Search by designer, country, season, year, etc……

Premiere Vision THE fabric show Paris, New York

Li Edelkoort: Trend Union, Talking Textiles

Fashion United global fashion image design library



Style Council

Pantone- colors



top resources for fashion students fashion design with Laura volpintesta: draping flares

FABRIC, MUSLIN, scissors, swatches , trims, printing and notions: top resources for fashion students

DHARMA trading dying supplies, $20 dollar EXCELLENT swatch kit available! Only black and white but very worth it and educational too!  Spend $45 for to get the color swatches of chiffon, habotai silk and crepe satin included in your kit.

Fabric on demand

Spandex House

M&J Trimming NYC //

Steinlauf and Stoller Notions

Dress Forms  for designers Superior Mannequins.

PGM Dress Forms

Sewing supplies, notions, trims, EVERYTHING- Wawak

Digital Printing: the Style Council


FLATS AND TECHNICAL DRAWING top resources for fashion students :

my Craftsy Class for hand sketching flats

Adobe Illustrator Flats sketching and design: the Fashion Professor

Shingo Sato amazing, brilliant patternmaking workshops, TR Cutting.


the True Cost of Fast Fashion- must-see movie


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