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Learn Fashion Design and Fashion Illustration Online from anywhere. Expert, encouraging, creative and Soulful Fashion Studies! Author and 25 years professor, fashion designer and illustrator Laura Volpintesta.

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Hi I’m Laura Volpintesta. I’m here to guide you to deep dive and learn fashion design and fashion illustration online in a free, friendly, personal, soulful and creative way.  Based on 25 years teaching at Parsons School of Design in NYC.

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patternmaking and draping for fashion design with Laura Volpintesta
FREE Patternmaking tutorials on the Sales Page, Course includes a fun and friendly tone for learning draping and patternmaking: the language, the craft, technique and mindset to create original patterns and designs in 2D and 3D
FREEDOM FASHION soulful fashion foundation immersion program with Laura volpintesta learn fashion design online
Learn model drawing gouache, technical drawing, fabric rendering, design a collection from swatches and inspiraton to finished illustrations and flats!
Fashion Sketch Group Model Drawing sessions on zoom weekly with laura Volpintesta
Fashion Sketch Group weekly zoom fashion sketching sessions live, monthly subscription. Experiment, explore, practice and play. Music, Models, moods, and community.
Fashion Model Drawing Magic online program with Laura Volpintesta
From soft gesture drawing to expressive, descriptive line and texture. Get fluid, dynamic expression to energize your art and technical drawing through innovative and transformational techniques that will stay with you.
ABOUT FACES learn digital fashion illustration learn to draw faces by Laura Volpintesta
My ABOUT FACES Course teaches a few fantastic apps for fashion art and design!.Learn iPad and Digital Devices for fashion illustration and design sketching by learning faces in the apps.
Adobe fresco for fashion illustration by Laura volpintesta
FABRIC, FORM AND FLOW EVENINGWEAR and SPECIAL FABRICS--Learn to use a variety of art supplies to explore "special " fabrics, effects, and silhouettes for fashion design. Drama, shine, texture, and design!
FAshion Design infusion digital fashion croquis book Laura Volpintesta
FASHION DESIGN INFUSION is 8 one hour masterclasses covering gouache and digital techniques, fabric and mood boards, concept development , model drawing, everything you need to have a steady foundation for making a portfoilio for fashion design!
SWATCHES TO GOUACHE fashion design and illustration course with Laura Volpintesta COURSE
SWATCHES TO GOUACHE is a more concise version of FREEDOM FASHION: you'll go through the design and illustration process from concept to fabric, sketches, and illustrating and rendering in gouache - this is how you build your unique design portfolio!
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I’m Laura Volpintesta, coach, author, course creater, designer, artist, and guide.  founder of Fashion Illustration Tribe, where you learn to express yourself through your passion for the traditions and innovations of  fashion, design, arts, and illustration.

Learn fashion illustration and design online with Laura Volpintesta

I’m the Author of the Language of Fashion Design and 25 years faculty at Parsons School of Design since 1997- where’ I’ve had the unique opportunity to teach  a wide range of course subjects!  From 3D design,/ Draping, Patternmaking, Draping, Sewing and Construction, Fashion Illustration, Fashion Design Portfolio, and Model Drawing -in BFA, AAS, and Certificate programs.

There is nothing in the world like watching the world of art and design open up in the hands, heart and soul of the student as their journey unfolds and their creative voice starts to sing, at first so  softly, then build in technique, self-knowledge and discovery. It’s a tremendous unfolding of their wings…..

Discover your personal style while exploring fashion design skills and techniques that give you confidence through experiential learning that embraces exploration and following your heart.

Each course and program I offer incorporates one skill at a time to add to your skill set, intentionally, as each one is a container for freedom and development that leads to the next- but in a way that keeps you at the center of the experience, motivated from within you and your deepest knowing, placing your own values as the guiding force in your journey.

Choose self-study, or coached study options to get the one-to-one attention that can boost your experience even more as we engage and witness your progression together.


What my students say:

"To find a teacher in the arts who offers up everything they know and more, and whose sole purpose is to see you 'fly'- ... is extremely rare. Laura is one of those teachers. She set us up for success in so many ways. Generosity, creativity, and encouragement-- plus a solid foundation in basic art-- were all part of her teaching. I created some of my best work in her Fashion Drawing 1 class and still rely on many of the techniques. I consider myself extremely lucky to have been her student."
Jacqueline Heloise
Jacqueline Heloise
Fashion Illustrator and Designer
"Teaching isn't just skill....Laura, your personality makes me feel like I can do anything. I've never done this before, and I've amazed myself!"
Tatiana Light
Tatiana Light
Fashion Designer
“I have nothing but good things to say about your portfolio class. You helped me in many ways but one of the most valuable holes you filled for me was on how to organize my thoughts when sketching. Its difficult to harness the muse in any kind of orderly way but your method has served me well. Both in that I came out of Parson’s with a strong portfolio that is single handedly responsible for landing me interviews ...but has also cinched the position at two different design firms now... Your drawing and the Portfolio are some of the most valuable things I got from Parsons as a whole. So thanks a bunch. You revved up my engine and Im still travelling on that momentum”-
Lauren Jones, fashion designer
Lauren Jones
Fashion Designer,Illustrator, Print Designer
"I was fortunate to have such a wonderful professor for my Fashion Industry Design class(at Parsons). Laura is a talented designer/ illustrator, amazing tutor, and deep personality. Her open-mindedness, support, warm and kind attitude creates absolutely magical atmosphere in class. Laura is so alive, sincere, joyful and creative, it touches everyone. There is no chance a student can stay away from such great energy!"
Ev Bessar, fashion designer, knitwear and fine artist
Ev Bessar
Fashion Designer,Artist, PhilanthropistIllustrator, Print Designer
"Laura demystifies the fashion design process with a unique set of online courses designed to develop your design skills in an accessible and supportive environment. She is committed to her student’s development and teaches with a warmth, kindness and contagious enthusiasm for creative exploration and personal growth. A born teacher with a vast amount of knowledge and experience in the fashion industry, Laura will inspire and empower you whilst being your biggest cheerleader as you develop and reach your goals."
Laura Hickman
Fashion Illustrator and Designer
"I genuinely cannot say enough about how important your classes were to me and how much I loved them :0). In my time at Parsons I must say Laura’s class was my favorite! … where I truly learned the most about fashion drawing. I gained an understanding and awareness of proportion and how the human form reacts to movement…. tI was a student at Parsons over five years ago, but he skills I learned in Laura’s class have stayed with me. More importantly, though, is how much FUN her classes were, and how inspiring Laura is as a teacher! She encouraged us not to be afraid of color, shape and movement in our work! And this is what made everyone strive to create something unique and beautiful! Laura is a gem! A beautiful person inside and out, and one of the best teachers I have ever had, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from her!"
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Beth Gillespie
Fashion Illustrator and Designer
“Probably about 25 years ago, I hired Laura to teach at Parsons. She was excellent then, and has continued to innovate and expand as a teacher and as an artist. She’s without questions one of the best I’ve known”
Pamela Klein, artist
Pamela Klein
fine artist, designer, former chair at Parsons School of Design
"Laura is a talented, wise and passionate artist and teacher. Her courses are filled with amazing content delivered to build a solid technical foundation in illustration and fashion design or to expand on her students' existing skills. Her courses are appropriate for designers who want to develop their illustration skills, students who are building a portfolio for fashion design school, and anyone interested in fashion illustration or the design industry. Laura is an expert instructor with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Laura is offering something that no one else is: professional design school courses with personalized, private coaching available online wherever you are in the world.."
melissa darou
Melissa Darou
strategic marketing and retreat facilitator
"Laura puts her heart and soul into HOW she approaches teaching (fashion) illustration/drawing. Her gentleness, innovation and enthusiasm puts my self-doubt at ease and propels me to practice without judgement. I've studied with other college level instructors and what sets Laura apart is her unique way of breaking down visually complex forms into simple practical steps. She sets her students up to build confidence and achieve consistent progress. She sets her students up to Win, with great empathy joy and care!"
Teresa Capaldo
Teresa Capaldo
Multi-Media Artist & Small Business Consultant
“The Fabric & Flow Course is great for developing your skills and unleashing your creative spirit. Laura shares her skills, tips and words of wisdom from her lifetime experience as a fashion designer and educator in a fun and accessible way. I was able to find more confidence and freedom going through the exercises and found new ways of working that have helped me develop my skills - all while having fun! I know of no other course like it and highly recommend it. - Fifi
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