The First Steps of Fashion Design: From Concept to Illustration

Bellavance NYC, Nolan Bellavance and Ava Hama, Co-Founders

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9 Videos (57m)
    • Trailer

    • Establishing Proportions

    • Defining the Body

    • Hands and Feet

    • Faces and Hair

    • Fabric Types and Qualities

    • Clothes on the Body

    • Texture and Color

    • Finishing the sketch


About This Class

Creating rapid fashion illustrations is one of the most important skills needed for a fashion designer to convey the themes, shapes, and textures of their garments in the most efficient way possible. When building an entire collection time is often of the essence, so it is essential to accurately represent your ideas on paper - beautifully - without wasting any effort.

We started Bellavance after graduating from Parsons School of Design and we have been fortunate enough to have our brand featured in top editorial outlets like and retail shops like Opening Ceremony. Long before our pieces are featured on pages or shelves, however, they start out as concepts through sketch and illustration.

What You'll Learn in This Class:

Fashion illustration is something we at Bellavance use constantly in order to display our design concepts and communicate with our team and manufacturers. We are often in situations where we need to churn out these hand drawn representations of our garments rather quickly, so it is important to know specific shortcuts and tricks that allow us to focus on what is of utmost importance- the clothing. We’ll cover:

  • Basic Fashion Body: How to sketch essential poses quickly.
  • Detailing: Shortcuts for representing hands, feet, and hair with simple lines.
  • Fabric Rendering: How to convey the weight and texture of fabrics using washes and movement lines.

What You'll Do in This Class:

You'll be able to apply these skills immediately to your own project: creating a set of three fashion illustrations you can share with your classmates for feedback.

If you're a designer yourself, use your own designs; if not, feel free to illustrate designs from your favorite runway show.

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Bellavance NYC

Nolan Bellavance and Ava Hama, Co-Founders

After meeting on their first day of orientation and working side by side in core design classes for three years at Parsons the New School for Design, Nolan Bellavance and Ava Hama decided to start a company together. 

Nolan and Ava have collectively worked with Gap, Theory, JF & Son, and Opening Ceremony. Nolan won the National CFDA Student Award Scholarship and was awarded the coveted Saga Furs award in coordination with the Hong Kong Fur Federation. His senior thesis collection was sponsored and he traveled both to Denmark and Hong Kong to train and represent Parsons. In 2012 he was nominated for Designer of the Year, and both Bellavance and Hama’s theses were selected to be displayed at Saks Fifth Avenue.

The duo’s debut collection came to being when in September of 2012 Nolan was selected as the winner of the inaugural MADE for Peroni Young Designer Award, an initiative to foster emerging design talent, from a gifted group of Parsons alumni. Peroni provided Nolan with two trips to Italy and $45,000 to create and showcase his designs.