Step Five To Creating A Killer Fashion Portfolio
Do you know how to create an impactful color palette for a fashion portfolio? You are about to learn how! We are moving right along to step five now of the fashion portfolio blog series. If you are just joining us I recommend you start from the beginning at Fashion Portfolio Step 1: Review Your Current Body Of Work.
In our last post (Fashion Portfolio Step Four: Create a Mood Board) we went over how to use images that you have pulled to create a mood board. The next step is to add a color palette to your killer fashion portfolio.
Today I am going to show you how to create a color palette for your killer fashion portfolio. As I mentioned in my last post, depending on the number of pages you are planning to do for your collection you can either have a separate page for your color inspiration. Or you can add your color palette to your mood board.
We couldn’t cover every possible angle of how to create an amazing fashion design portfolio in just one post! This article is part of an EPIC 10 part Fashion Portfolio Blog Series. If you want to learn all the tricks to make YOUR fashion design portfolio stand out and get you hired you can check out the entire series at the bottom of this page.
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How To Create A Color Palette For Your Fashion Portfolio
It is time now select your color palette for your portfolio collection. By now you should have a pretty good idea as to which colors you are inspired by. You have completed your mood board in the last task. See what colors have been popping up and inspiring you.
The images in your mood board need to tie back to your color palette. For this reason it is important that the images you chose tie back to your color palette. This is why I personally choose to create my color palette after I create my mood board as I find I get inspired by the images I put together. However, it is perfectly acceptable for you to create a color palette first and then find images for your mood board that tie in together. Either way works. Find what works best for you.
Things To Consider When Creating Your Color Palette
Below are a few things to keep in mind to help you finalize your selections.
- Think about the garment you are planning to design and consider if the colors you are thinking about will work for that category. For example: You might be looking at a country blue color and you want to use this color for a denim bottom. Is this the most appropriate shade for that category?
- What are your key colors? Sometimes people use a hand full of key colors for most of their collection, but may use other pop colors as accents.
- How many colors you need depends on how robust your collection will be. If you are only putting together 3-5 outfits really think about how many colors you will really use.
How To Add Color Palette To Your Mood Board
After you have finalized your colors it is time to add them to your mood board. That means deciding how you want to present your colors on your board. There are multiple ways to do this. Below are some examples of different types of layouts you can choose from. Notice that some layouts show some colors are more important by showing them in larger shapes.
- Put together a rough color palette using Pantone, yarns, or other standards.
- Consider if these colors are appropriate for the items you want to design.
- Limit your color palette to have a bigger impact and make a statement.
Fashion Portfolio Blog Series
If you, or someone you know, wants to learn how to create a killer fashion design portfolio you can read the entire series here. Learn what it takes to build an amazing fashion portfolio that will get you noticed and get your foot in the door.
- How To Create A Killer Fashion Portfolio
- Fashion Portfolio – Step 1 – Review Your Current Body of Work
- Fashion Portfolio – Step 2 – Find Inspiration
- Fashion Portfolio – Step 3 – Get Clarity of Concept
- Fashion Portfolio – Step 4 – Create A Mood Board
- Fashion Portfolio – Step 5 – Create A Color Palette
- Fashion Portfolio – Step 6 – Create Your Concept Board
- Fashion Portfolio – Step 7 – Sketch Out Your Ideas
- Fashion Portfolio – Step 8 – Find Your Fabrics
- Fashion Portfolio – Step 9 – Add flat sketches
- Fashion Portfolio – Step 10 – Fashion illustrations
- Interview With Karen Avila – Freelance Fashion Designer & Illustrator