Fashion Portfolio – Step 10: Add Fashion Illustrations

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Step Ten To Creating Your Fashion Design Portfolio

This is the LAST installment of the fashion portfolio blog series! You now have a mood board, and concept board, a color palette, flat sketches and fabric swatches. Now let’s bring it all together! It is time to add your fashion illustrations to your fashion portfolio.

Adding fashion illustrations to a portfolio is just one more way for you to express your vision of the collection to your audience. Unlike a flat sketch, which shows very ridged construction details of the individual pieces, a fashion illustration is a stylized version. It helps to set the mood and attitude of your core customer. In a fashion illustration, you can demonstrate attitude, add accessories, and show how all the pieces work together. In a fashion illustration, you get to stylize your “model” in a way that shows your aesthetic.

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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Do you want a little extra help with your fashion portfolio? Would you like to get some feedback from other fashion industry professionals on how you can improve your work? As part of this ten-part fashion portfolio blog series, I created a challenge inside the Pick Glass Fashionable Careers Facebook group. Here you can post examples of your own work and get feedback from the group! It is totally FREE. So, come say hi and meet other like-minded fashion industry professionals just like YOU.


Tips For Creating Fashion Illustrations For Your Fashion Portfolio

Now don’t be scared. Not all of us are fantastic illustrators. I know I am not! So, I have a few tips to make this part a little less painful.

Create Templates

First, templates are your friends! You don’t need to reinvent the wheel every time you sketch. I highly recommend you create three or four different model templates (also known as croquis). These are models in particular poses fully stylized with a face, hair, and skin tones. With these already in place, you only have to worry about illustrating the outfit each time you work.

Some people like to do their fashion illustrations the old fashion way with a pen, colored pencils, markers, or even paint. I personally, do almost all of my work on the computer, so I have created my templates using Adobe Illustrator. I also like to design a few different hair or accessories that I can switch out as I wish. Creating templates will save you a whole lot of time in the long run. I promise!

Fashion illustrations by Fashion Box trend service.

Fashion illustrations by Fashion Box trend service.

Find Your Style

Second, find a style of illustration that best suits you and your style of design. Your style of illustration is almost like a calling card for you. People will be able to recognize it when they see it! Even though each portfolio group or collection you do may be different usually the style of illustration remains the same. If you don’t believe me do a quick search for fashion illustrations and take a look at examples from the same artist.

Decide On The Order You Want To Present Your Work

Finally, decide the best order in which to show your collection. Remember what I said about the difference between American and European portfolios? Some people prefer to show mood, concept, full collection in illustration form, and then break down the pieces in flat sketch form with swatches. Others like to present it more like a book. Mood, color and concept, fabric, flat sketches, and then the final product line.

There are many different ways to present a portfolio. Remember that the purpose of your portfolio is to show your technical abilities, your aesthetic, and express your unique ideas.

There is no right or wrong way to do this. It is purely a preference. However, you do need to keep in mind who your audience is. Do they want to see the big bang collection right off the bat or do they want to see how you think? Also, you MUST be consistent! If you create one fashion portfolio collection (remember you need at least three) in one order, you need to make all of them that same way. This is because consistency shows you are staying focused and have a clear process.

Below are pages from one of my own portfolio pages.

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Fashion portfolio pages by Malie Bingham

Recap Time!

This concludes this Fashion Portfolio Blog Series! I hope that you have found this step-by-step guide to putting together a portfolio helpful. If so, I would love to hear your comments or learn about any tips you may have. I wish you all good luck!

Action Steps

  1. Create some template sketches.
  2. Now tweak them with each item or outfit from your collection.
  3. Layout your illustrations on the pages of your portfolio that is most impactful.

Fashion Portfolio Blog Series

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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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