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BEGINNERS- Get into STEP ONE Fashion Masterclass right now!
  • Learn to use artist materials in new, expressive ways!

  • Learn to start a  research file of inspiration!

  • Kick-start your creative flow....  

  • Learn to sketch a standing figure (BUILD A BODY) customizable for any body type.

  • Meet like-minded visionaries who love the expression of the human form, fabric, texture, color, craft.....
  • Share your results, ask questions, get guidance.

  • Find out what your starting point is, and think about where you'd really like to go!

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Laura Volpintesta, founder, fashion illustration TRIBE online fashion school

Hello! I’m Laura Volpintesta.  I teach fashion model drawing, design, and illustration, from beginning drawing to sketchbook development, to finished illustrated presentations in full color.

I’ve been teaching design and illustration at Parsons  in NYC, since 1997.

My experiences in career and life led me to create these unique fashion online course programs for you:

My goal and joy is to help you overcome your fears about art and get fluent in creating design and fashion art, expressing your ideas.

My concept is to give you access to an amazing, comprehensive design and illustration course ON YOUR SCHEDULE, wherever you are;

…To create a learning environment that is affordable,(no STUDENT LOANS REQUIRED), accessible from home.


TRULY beautiful

Fashion Illustration TRIBE Masterclass Series brings fashion design illustration study to YOU, on YOUR  schedule, supporting YOUR vision!

You can learn Fashion Sketching, Illustration, and Design Details, from BEGINNER LEVEL to PORTFOLIO.

step by step

(formerly called Soulful Fashion Foundation Immersion Semester)

15 modules of fashion study mimics the college semester, from Model Drawing basics to creating finished design illustration presentations of original designs from swimwear to sweaters- creating a sketchbook, mood boards, fabric swatches, gouache watercolor illustrations, and technical drawings!

 I break down the skills you really need to express, find your voice, bust through fearful blocks about art and drawing, and bring out your authentic voice through exercises, projects, and videos (about one hour of video per week)!!

STUDY OPTIONS (scroll further down the page to see what is covered in each module):

SELF STUDY 12 week OPTION is the most affordable (valued at $2,000) now just $395:

Fashion Illustration Tribe Self Study Semester

the COACHED semester gives you lots of guidance and feedback from me along your 15 week journey in a small group setting limited to 6 students ($3997value) now $2,000 introductory rate:

coached TRIBE semester

A-La-Carte Study option lets you purchase the Masterclasses one at a time by clicking on each module below. ($350 value per coached masterclass) currently $50 as self-study courses

This is my premium educational offering, …make sure you subscribe TODAY to get the first Masterclass FREE, Step One: Model Drawing and Art Supplies.  (Usually $250, This includes some bonus videos and community discussion areas!)

my book! the Language of fashion design, by Laura volpintesta

 Also: Click “join” on this link to join my free Facebook Group: Fashion Tribalistas!  It’s a totally upbeat,positive, fun, supportive and creative place for sharing, asking, giving, trying, meeting, laughing, inspiring, all about fashion art and illustration and US.

Scroll down to view exactly what topics you’ll learn in my Fashion Masterclass Series.

You can sign up for the masterclasses one at a time as you pace yourself.

(Click here to learn about the COACHED Masterclass package)

Release your fears, get your skills, find your voice, follow your gut, design from the heart.

Share your message. 

Create and celebrate feminine beauty however you define that.  

Learn to confidently sketch bodies, fashion silhouettes, fabric textures, colors, patterns,  and “tell stories” through the process and presentation of fashion and fashion art!

****VIew and print or order your supply kit right here ($150-200) for the best results.  

I’m here to help you at every corner as needed, to help you along the way.  See testimonials from former students.

I can help you.  I KNOW how to bring out the magic in you.

Scroll to see the steps and stages, from beginner model drawing to developing and illustrating whole collections in color!

Each $179 Masterclass is now $49 for a limited time, and includes about an hour of videos plus guided exercises and projects….and your FIRST Masterclass is FREE!!


Step One can only be accessed by subscribing to the website! There are plenty of free videos and resources for you in the BLOG section if you click around, however!




Boost is an optional module:

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Intermediate Level Steps:


Step 6 Fashion Design Materclass Series



Advanced-Intermediate Steps:





Advanced Steps:







+more portfolio classes and capsule workshops are being developed ongoing!!

Testimonial: Laura Volpintesta

I know you can do this, and i’ts my goal to see you THRIVE

Here’s to  bringing out the very best of you and your unique style and point of view.

Fashion NEEDS inspired voices like YOURS. 

DON’T LET THE COST STOP YOU IN YOUR TRACKS! There are some scholarships available throughout the year. SCHOLARSHIP DETAILS HERE.

Fashion isn’t just what you see in Vogue. That’s the last of it. Fashion is a basic human need as old as humankind. 

Fashion is an expression that we all have access too. Let’s take fashion back!

Please email me ANY questions at : info@fashionillustrationtribe.com


Laura Volpintesta


Check out my Pinterest Boards that we use in and out of class.

Author: see my book, the Language of Fashion Design, Rockport Publishers

Faculty, Parsons the New School for DesignFashion, since 1997, Patternmaking, Draping, Portfolio, Model Drawing, Design, Sewing

Freelance illustrator and technical designer

Founder, Mentor, FashionIllustrationTRIBE.com since 2013


About Laura Volpintesta

The entire course program is available, but not all of the images are clickable yet as we are re-constructing the registration site.   It’s recommended to start with STEP ONE and work through chronologically anyway, but as you scroll down you can get a feel for the layout of the whole Masterclass Program!!

Model drawing exercises and techniques.(click for samples)

Design Sketching,  Watercolors……(click for samples) Proportions

Tips, Tricks, and Techniques……the designer’s process

Technical drawing

Creative Illustration (click for samples)

and if you already love fashion, if you’ve already read this far,

YOU’VE GOT everything you need to be able to achieve your dream


I know you can. I’ve been here…………….with a thousand students, (over my career  teaching Fashion  at Parsons in NYC………..)

each with a unique voice

Learn in an environment that nurtures your unique voice for the new era

which is all about authenticity and message.  Not about conforming to an outside machine, but bringing your story and your truth to the table.

Studying online means you play the videos as many times as you want or need.  It means you can always ask a question. You can come to class when your energy is focused and your mood is on :0).

You can pause when life is hectic, you can take your time on a difficult section, or move ahead when you’re cruising through the material.

Click here to Learn more.

Laura Volpintesta, Founder, Teacher, Fashion Illustraiton TRIBE

Testimonial Ev Bessar on Laura Volpintesta, FashionIllustrationtribe


Learn to draw standing models and bodies with consistency, flair, and confidence. THIS IS FUN and exciting.


4 thoughts on “Learn Fashion Design Online

  1. oops I forgot to answer that the course is $2000. It has a base 12 weeks of an hour of videos per week, plus exercises, projects, and lessons that build to build your skills, freedom of creativity, and knowledge! the art supply kit is under $200. There are lots of bonus lessons and videos, and continuing community too… and you keep your access forever, so you can revisit and replay your course materials again and again as you continue your development. There is also a Portfolio development course in the works.

  2. Dear Jennifer, hello!
    I’ve been meaning to message you back (email), but I still haven’t found a way to work the payment plan efficiently! When you are ready, you can just email me and start up. Payment plans will be available one day but are not at this time. However, I can flexibly add you into the course when you are ready (just you) though in general I will open and close the doors to the course registration from time to time… since we are still small I can be flexible and sign you in when you are ready. Thank you so much for your interest and please let me know if you have any questions at all, or suggestions. I hope you’ll join us in the Facebook group to get started! it’s called Fashion Tribalistas…just click “join” and I’ll put you in!

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