Laura Volpintesta

Laura Volpintesta graduated from Parsons in 1995 with a BFA in fashion design and illustration. She was invited onto the BFAfaculty in 1997.Her sophomore year in Paris and a lifetime passion for anthropology, world cultures, and the arts opened her eyes to a broad scope of approaches to fashion. Fluency in English, French, and brazilian Portuguese have opened up and extended the reach of her research. Still teaching illustration, portfolio, and concept development,she recenty authored the book "the language of Fashion Design"With Rockport, and created Parson's first online fashion design and illustration studio course in 2008.She freelances NYC studios, explores in her private studio (and sings in jazz clubs). She is currently researching sustainable methods, business models, and resources, as well as social media marketing methods.


Fashion: Global Voices: Zero Waste fashion in the Sustainablility Equation

Considering how many ways that the fashion industry needs to address its sustainability as an industry can be totally disheartening.

Topics: Environmental Design, Fashion, Pattern & Palette, Professional Development

Fashion: Global Voices: SPFW Sao Paulo- Rio de Janeiro - AW2014

Late October through November took us through a bustle of fashion affairs in Brazil, featuring Minas Trend in Belo Horizonte, Minas (home state of Fransisco Costa of Calvin Klein), Fashion Rio in Rio de Janeiro, and SPFW Sao Paulo Fashion Week (South America's largest fashion event), presenting Autumn/Winter 2014 collections.

Topics: Branding Identity, Design Reference, Fashion, Handmade, Pattern & Palette, Profiles

Fashion: Global Voices: Finding Ronaldo Fraga.

Ronaldo Fraga is a remarkable fashion designer from Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Topics: Branding Identity, Color, Design Reference, Fashion, Handmade, Profiles

Fashion: Global Voices: NYFW: "You're Never Fully Dressed Without....."

Here we are, catching our breath after September's New York Fashion Week, viewing the Spring/Summer 2014 collections as our own Summer 2013 winds down and autumn makes itself apparent.

Topics: Branding Identity, Color, Design Reference, Fashion, Random


African Fashion will always hold a very special place in my heart.

Topics: Branding Identity, Color, Fashion, Handmade, Pattern & Palette, Profiles


While sifting through thousands of fashion photographs to illustrate the book I wrote for Rockport Publishers, called The Language of Fashion Design (due out in February 2014), I made many discoveries about the current world fashion scene.

Topics: Color, Design Reference, Fashion, Handmade, Layouts, Pattern & Palette