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Creado el August 3, 2014 por Paola Castillo

Professional tips for creating a fashion collection

Do you want to make your own fashion collection? I’m sure that with these examples you’ll clearly visualize the process required to do it!

We know that on the Internet is possible find all kinds of information we want, but sometimes, when we search the articles more detailed, accurate and well explained regard to a particular theme we finished unsatisfied with the contents or images. Well, My objective is exactly to avoid you this! So let’s start now.

I have decided to illustrate this theme using the first project I made in Italy, a fashion collection that I designed on a specialized course in fashion design in 2010. Despite to have over 10 years of experience as a designer, this was a wonderful opportunity to learn and enter on the world of winter collections because in Colombia do not exist the seasons … (in fact, the city where I lived is called the “City of Eternal Spring”), so for me it was a new experience, especially at the moment of choosing the materials and designing the garments for protection against low temperatures. Then I show you how I did it.

Activities to be performed in order to create a fashion collection:

1. The first step is to create a profile and collection concept and for this you need to know: the season (spring, summer, etc.), the gender (male, female, etc.), the type of market (casual, sport, etc.), the target (medium, high, etc.), the customer (habits, activities, etc.), the “concept” (I mean, the theme we are going to use as inspiration for our designs) and we ended with the analysis of current fashion trends (in fabrics, colors, accessories, etc.).

This information determines us the characteristics of the product and it is also essential at the time of expose or sustain our fashion collection. Finally, to complement the profile, I decided to describe the materials and colors used. Let’s look then:

Ready to Wear Collection – Fall / Winter

Cosmopolitan Woman, Inspired by young, professional, independent, sophisticated and active women (between 25 and 35 years), with a medium/medium-high profile. I chose to make this collection based on the Urban Life Style concept, where the key word is “City”, proposing seven looks with sixteen versatile outfits, where the ultra-feminine waists stands out and mixed with accessories and sporting details as blocks of colour, drawstrings, snap buttons, zippers and contrast stitching give a fun, youthful and sophisticated touch. As textile bases I used the silk crepe in a beige hue, cotton drill in rusty blue, woven wool jersey with melange effect in blue and ivory and finally I used waterproof fabric with blue and iridescent hue and metallic touches.

2. Now we continue with the development of mood board, it’s practically a collage of images, fabrics or materials that we use as a reference and graphical support of the previous profile concept made. As you can see below, the pictures regarding the cities, supporting the profile of an urban woman and the other images have almost the same colors of the fabrics and in some cases try to imitate the textures. I did this in order to maintain a coordinated line but not necessarily all mood boards should be based on this concept:

Mood BoardFashion Collection - Mood board by-Paola-Castillo-C

3. Then we begin to make the first sketches of our designs. In this process of creation we must identify the major factors that dictate the type of silhouette. In this case, we must develop a fall/winter collection, the silhouettes of the “outside” clothes (I mean jackets, coats, etc.), should be protect and therefore will have some type of volume due to internal padded fabrics, while the “inner” clothes (I mean blouses, skirts, pants, etc) should give a little lightweight image and which facilitates movement for example, if we imagine our “cosmopolitan woman” working at office. After creating the first sketches, we select the final garments as having as golden rule that the pieces can be combined easily with each other. All details of clothing should be illustrated in the best way to facilitate their understanding, especially in the production phase:

SketchesFashion collection - Sketches-by-Paola-Castillo-

4. Next, we must perform the complete collection plane with the view of the front and back of each garment. Later, each garment must have a reference code or name that identifies it. We should also note the respective materials, colors and names of the factories or suppliers of fabrics. All this will help us to support when keeping track of each garment in the production phase:

Collection planFashion Collection Collection Plan-by-Paola-Castillo

5. Now is the time to view our full collection, so we should develop the Fashion Illustrations with the main objective to reflect the characteristics of materials such as weight, texture, volume, movement etc.. In this step you need to remember our profile, this way the poses, accessories and general attitude of the figures, will be achieved perfectly identify with it.

Fashion IllustrationsFashion Collection-Fashion llustrations-By-Paola-Castillo

6. Finally, it is necessary to complete the production technical sheets in manner minutely and as detailed as possible with all the details related to the product, stitchings and the making of each piece. One of the most tedious processes but certainly one of the most important, because it is from these spec sheets our collection takes shape and becomes in physical garments. Here are some examples:

Technical SheetsFashion collection - Technical sheets by-Paola-Castillo

Well, here ends the design process of the fashion collection, but actually the process of the garments should be continued with the realization of prototypes and with the production.

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Have you ever had the opportunity to make a fashion collection?, Do you have any question about this theme?, Do you work or study something related to fashion and would you like to share your experience? Well, then I invite you to send your comments below.

Have a nice day and thanks for visiting my blog!

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