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Creating a Fashion Portfolio for Beginners

By Subata Haider

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6. Mood Board: It is very clever to include in a collection. Mood boards are aimed to represent the perfect mood for the designed object. For example, if you are designing casual male outfit for morning time then your mood board should include these elements such as bed, coffee table, man walking in the street in morning walk, or doing exercise in home, etc.

Client Board

7. Client Board: This particular item is not always seen in a project. But, if you are applying to a job for the post of a designer, then this item is very important to include, as it will show that your capability to design for a specific client or customer group. This board should contain some typical information about your client or customer group; such as, their age, gender, income, ethnicity, position in the social hierarchy, geographic location, etc.

Design Development Sheet

8. Design Development Sheet: These are your main contents, your actual designs, which is in most cases are final elements of a particular collection. Try to include your actual sketches. These might even include intermediary designs. Try to highlight the unique features of your designs here. The presentation of the designs will create a difference, and it is completely dependent upon the designer. However, there are some styles to organize those designs. Hopefully I will share those on another article.  

9. Specification Sheet: This is the part of the portfolio where technical data will be included. It is necessary to prove that the design is realistic and it is actually possible to create. Here you need to give flat sketches of final products, pattern for each part of the product, all the measurements accurately. Clearly give note for any special instructions such as sewing caution requirements.

10. Professional Photo Shoot of Final Product: In case you make your designed product, which is best thing to do, make sure to attach photos of it in the portfolio. These photos should be as professional as possible. Attention should be paid in choosing the model, if a customer group was targeted in the beginning. The model should represent the customer group. Solid background for photos is preferred, since this will keep all the focus on the designed product.

  1. Style Board: It is not included in portfolio that often, but if you are designing some dresses or shoes, it is better to give a hint of the outlook (accessories, hairstyle, make up, etc.) to pair it with.
  1. Remarks: At the end of the portfolio, there needs to be pages to give comments by the reviewer.

There can be multiple variations of the matrix stated above, depending on the need of the project type. At the end designing is all about creativity, and when the question is of creativity the answer cannot be rules. Then again to begin at some point, we need some guidance. So, this article is just to guide the way of young designers in the journey of finding their own best way to express themselves. Good luck with your voyage of becoming a successful designer.

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