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How to create a fashion design portfolio

Friday, 28 March 2014

They say a picture is a thousand words. Your fashion design portfolio is your communication tool, with your partners, with your clients or when looking for a new job.

You may have completed sophisticated studies in fashion and have an impressive CV, but a good portfolio will be detrimental in communicating to others who you really are and what you can really do.

Your portfolio doesn't only show samples of your work and designs, it also shows how you organise yourself and your work and how efficiently you can put your message across. The way you will put your portfolio together gives information on your personality and who you are.

Below are steps that you may find useful in this process:

  1. Collect all your best designs make sure that they give information on your abilities. i.e. your design techniques, the use of colour, understanding of fabrics.
  2. Group your designs in meaningful groups. Consider what the person seeing them will think. Make it look like a story. Your collection should be strong from beginning to end. Try to avoid including designs that you don't feel very confident about. It is better having fewer but excellent designs.
  3. Get a binder that represents you and your work. Sometimes it is better to go for more simple choices, so that you don't shift the focus from your work.
  4. Use a universal type of representation of your work through your portfolio.
    • Description
    • Sketches
    • Coloured Design
    • Fabric and trim samples
    • Photograph of final garment (if you have)
  5. 5. Know your work and be confident when you are presenting it.