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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How to create a fashion collection step by step

So here is step one: Documentation.

First of all, I would want to give you a link that I find very useful when it comes to find your inspiration – and I will attach below my print screens from this site. When searching for a starting point for your new fashion collection it is very important to do your documentation.

This means all you have to do is to study as much as you can: to have a visual and textual documentation. For this I use the followings:

1. I search on Pinterest ( and here is my Pinterest page: http://www.pinterest.com/isandru/ )

2.  I search on Google – as text and image.

3.  I read as many books as I can to know more about the topic I want to know ( let’s say the Prehistoric art)

4.  I go to museums or libraries to find out more about my theme.

After that, I start doing photos or sketches – this is my documentation. Once the info gathered, I post them all over, around me: in my workshop, on the walls, in a special folder on my computer or on my Facebook.

See here some examples of folders that inspire me: Romanian costume, John Galliano’s collections, Yiqing Yin haute couture, African art and costume.

See below some examples of how a workshop should look like in order to sink into an inspiring atmosphere that will later lead you to great fashion ideas.

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When searching for inspiration to create a new fashion collection, first of all you can study the history of art, from its origins until now.

Here you can find the print screens I made with the history of art in chronological order.

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