Inspired Fashion Design: Sketching Collections

Dmitry Sholokhov, Owner and Creative Director, Dmitry Sholokhov

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11 Lessons (50m)
    • 1. Trailer

      0:59
    • 2. Finding Inspiration

      2:23
    • 3. Mood Board Development

      4:09
    • 4. Fabricating Your Mood Board

      6:03
    • 5. Sketching (Part 1)

      10:06
    • 6. Sketching (Part 2)

      9:26
    • 7. Sketching (Part 3)

      9:43
    • 8. Combine Sketches with Moodboard

      2:51
    • 9. Assign Fabrics to Garments

      1:54
    • 10. BONUS! Final Pieces

      1:47
    • 11. More Creative Classes on Skillshare

      0:33

Project Description

Fashion sketch development based on inspiration.

Inspiration and Mood Board

  1. Find your inspiration

    Finding inspiration can be a tough process. Sometimes you have to watch movies,  go forth and adventure in nature, or go out to galleries.

    Architecture is usually a great place to start.

    You can take the lines and language buildings and interpret them into a fashion application. I use the Guggenheim museum for my inspiration.

    Gather your inspiration from various souces found in your environment.

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  2. Create your mood board

    This is a collage of images that describe the inspiration in detail.  Think about the various elements like color, texture, temperature, structure, etc. Gather images of your inspirations. Create a physical mood board by collaging the images to one sheet.

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  3. Choose your fabrics

    Select the fabrics you want to work with: use your mood board to inform the structural and color aspects of the fabrics. 

    Consider a pop color: even when working with the most simple color story of black and white, it is nice to break up the field with a pop color.

    Add dimension to your pieces: by using both hard and soft fabrics, your garment take on a unique structure that really help tell the narrative. 

    Keep it concise: adding too many fabrics detracts from the cohesion and really ends up expensive.

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Sketching

  1. Start sketching with pencil

    Remember, we are designing FASHION. Not just duplicating the inspiration images. Try starting by drawing on top of a template of the garment you are designing.

    Take elements from your inspiration.

    How can the lines or structure of the inspiration be included in the garment sketch? 

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  2. Go over the sketch with ink

    This helps communicate your ideas in a much cleaner and clearer way. Add color to the body to give it a little more life.

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  3. Design the back of your garment

    This thing has to be worn! You can use the same croquis for the back of the garment. 

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  4. Create your associated pieces

    Vary up the silhouette of the garment, but maintain similar characteristics to the first style. Translate your lines, structure, and colors to tie together the pieces.

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Editing and Fabrication

  1. Add sketches to your mood board.

    Your inspiration and garments should have a cohesive look

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  2. Assign the fabrics to your garments

    Jackets need stiffer fabrics for structure, skirts and shirt may have more flowy/lighter fabrics.

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  3. EXTRA CREDIT: Create your pieces!

    If you have expereince with pattern making, or if you have access to a pattern maker, I suggest making the garments you sketch! It is always great to see the end results of the creation process.

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