Fashion Portfolio Step 6: Create Concept Board

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Step Six To Creating A Killer Fashion Portfolio

Do you know how to create a concept board for your fashion portfolio? This is step six of the fashion portfolio design process. Today I am going to explain the difference between a mood board and a concept board.

If you are just joining us, This is the sixth installment of a fashion portfolio step-by-step series. Creating a fashion portfolio for school or for your professional career can be an overwhelming feet. Breaking it down into bite-size chunks makes it easier and gives you smaller action plans to help you get it done.

Ok, for everyone following along you are doing great! Your creative juices are flowing now! You have set the mood for your fashion portfolio collection. You finalized your color palette. Now you need to create a concept board that will show the viewer what your collection is all about.

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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What Is The Difference Between a Mood Board and A Concept Board?

It is sometimes easy to get confused between a mood board and a concept board. As I mentioned in my Step 4 post, even I started to create my first mood board for this challenge and realized it was really more of a concept board and I had to start over. The difference is this:

Mood board:

Sets the tone of your collection with the use of color and inspirational images. Your images need to tell the season of your collection. They need to represent the aesthetic of your collection (high end, low end, luxury, or mid-tier). They can also show where your inspiration came from if you have a theme such as Cuban art, or African Safari, etc.

Mood Boards

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Concept board:

Shows where you are getting your idea from. It might include inspirational images, swatches, or details. Is your collection about mesh? Is it about color blocking? Is it about architectural design construction? It should also serve as a guide to the designer to stay on track. Images need to convey the inspiration with details, silhouette, or fabric. As you start to sketch your designs you should always be able to go back to your concept board and ask yourself “Does this design match back to the original concept?”

Concept Boards


Can You Combine Your Mood Board And Concept Board?

Yes! As I mentioned previously, it is possible to combine your mood board and your concept board. I do it all the time in my day job. We work on these huge foam core boards that are large enough to put all the images together. However, I personally feel that for a fashion portfolio you are limited to the size of each page, and therefore, I like to keep them separate. For the purposes of this challenge, I also wanted to be sure to clearly show the difference between these two types of boards and show them separately so that YOU can clearly see the difference!

Fashion Portfolio Challenge

As part of this ten step fashion portfolio blog series, I am re-working my own personal fashion portfolio. And I am journaling my process as I go. Below is my concept board that I did for this challenge. If you want to see my mood board to see the difference, feel free to go back to Fashion Portfolio Step 4. Let me know your thoughts. What would you change? How can I make it better?



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Concept board by Malie Bingham.

Action Steps

  1. Find images that are not about mood, but rather the inspiration of the collection
  2. Play around with the layout of your images on the page.
  3. Make sure that there is a clear difference between your mood board and your concept board.


Fashion Portfolio Blog Series

If you, or someone you know, want 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.

  1. How To Create A Killer Fashion Portfolio
  2. Fashion Portfolio – Step 1 – Review Your Current Body of Work
  3. Fashion Portfolio – Step 2 – Find Inspiration
  4. Fashion Portfolio – Step 3 – Get Clarity of Concept
  5. Fashion Portfolio – Step 4 – Create A Mood Board
  6. Fashion Portfolio – Step 5 – Create A Color Palette
  7. Fashion Portfolio – Step 6 – Create Your Concept Board
  8. Fashion Portfolio – Step 7 – Sketch Out Your Ideas
  9. Fashion Portfolio – Step 8 – Find Your Fabrics
  10. Fashion Portfolio – Step 9 – Add flat sketches
  11. Fashion Portfolio – Step 10 – Fashion illustrations
  12. Interview With Karen Avila – Freelance Fashion Designer & Illustrator


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