How to design your fashion collection


Just uploaded 3 new videos about “How to design your fashion collection“. When starting sketching for a new collection, first of all you have to make your research. This means you should carefully study all the aspects fo your source of inspiration.

Articles, photo collages, images found on Pinterest, Google or books, photos taken in trips or museums, they all should be placed in a fashion journal because later on they will be part of the design process.

The design journal is a creative tool that can be accessed anytime. It is an active source of inspiration for any designer and it serves as a creative kit. In my 3 videos I described the process step by step and I am sure the creative development of a fashion collection is now simplified. Research, documentation, moodboards sketches, transpose of your drawings into A4 boards and then final work: the real garment.

See my videos for more details on my Youtube Channel Fashion Teaching here.

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How to create your own fashion collection

In this third part of my article I will explain more about the Fashion Sketchbook. After reading on my blog about documentation and moodboards now is the moment to find out more about Fashion sketchbook and fashion sketches.

After studying a new theme or collection you will find yourself in the moment when you will have to create and develop a concept. You will start by doing some sketches. Let’s say you want to study Prehistoric art.

You will read about Altamira and Lascaux caves, you will gather some images with cave paintings, you will find out that the color palette is quite narrow ( they used only earth-tones like: brown, red, yellow, beige, white or black ). You will find out about different Venus statues and their simplified, decorative and almost geometric shapes. All these can inspire you to create a special fashion collection. And for this you will need a sketchbook where you will draw your fashion collection.

Maybe a draping will inspire you, or the color palette, or some cave paintings that you will transform and integrated in your patterns. All these sketches will be gathered in a folder or special book and my advice is that you will have to keep these drawings and each time you will find more info on the same topic, you should add another page on your book – just in case you will make another collection on the same topic, in the future.

The drawings should have a simple line, they can be black and white but very well explained so that you can access this information anytime. There is no need in this phase to draw the human body – the human body is just a pretext and a support for your creations.

You could add pieces of materials gathered for your future collection, you could add details and draping examples, you could use collage to add more juiciness to your layout – because at the end of the day, any line you draw should be a piece of art.

As a final advice, once you found a concept, an idea that can be explored – just try to build on it and draw as many costumes as you can – having the same idea in mind. I will come back with a post about this soon.

Read also:

How to create a fashion collection step by step

How to create a fashion collection in easy steps

Images found on Pinterest.

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How to create a fashion collection in easy steps

I mentioned in my previous post: How to create a fashion collection step by step those steps that you should follow to find your inspiration.

After studying the history of art and the history of costume – that goes in parallel with the history of art – start working on the moodboards: gather as many information as you can and stick it to your workshop’s walls. You can find images like: textures, colors, patterns, different draping techniques, images with accessories, just name it.

For your inspiration regarding how a moodboard looks like, just search on Google or Pinterest the word “moodboard” and put together in a folder the results. Here are some of the images I found that you might find useful.

The images can be generic, just to give you the correct atmosphere or they can be more fashion related, as you will soon see. All images are found on Pinterest but you can search also on Etsy here.

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And here are the fashion moodboards. It is always better to get your inspiration from things that are not directly related with fashion. Some examples you could find on Behance, let’s say: origami paper objects, wildlife, dance, theater, you can find your inspiration in a book or in a movie, it depends.

What is important to know is that the human brain functions on the input and output principle. We are like sponges that absorb information: the bigger your input is, the more creative and juicy will be your output: meaning your creations. Just try to see how easy all these are – if you follow my advices step by step.

Click on the images to see them bigger and then search for other moodboards on your Pinterest account. If interested, here is my Pinterest and you can find all my boards- I gathered a lot of creative starting points for my fashion collections.

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