How to Draw Fashion Design Sketches Step-by-Step

Look Cool With Your Fashion Design Sketches

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Fashion Designer Drawing Small Sketch. Getty Images Cream Pictures

Hey, did you recently check out Emma Watson in her spellbinding glamorous look? How about Amal Clooney rocking a simple crop top in the swankiest and trendsetting way ever? Of course, how can you miss the hip-hop star icon Kanye West? His attires are always exquisite and frankly, is enough to turn the ladies head over heels. The fashion industry in a nutshell describes evolution. Trends keep changing and how you wish you could always stay in vogue and style the most eminent personalities worldwide, right?

Honestly, it’s no backbreaking job! A career in fashion designing is pretty flourishing. What you must master is the art of creating incredible fashion sketches….that’s absolute basic! I can never think of kick-starting any venture without sketching out the ideas that’s always popping in my head. Frankly, that’s what most fashion designers do or may I say, all fashion designers accomplish--a good sketch before forwarding it to the big guns for approval.

So, how do fashion sketches actually look?

Have you ever grabbed a look at any trendy design sketch before? The croquis (French for a small sketch) is never close to real. Don’t be surprised if you find a sketch where the hand-drawn model or croquis has elongated legs or sleeker than normal neck. The whole objective is to pen down and illustrate the ideas springing in your head.

How to get started with fashion sketches?

I remember bugging my mentor with queries like what’s the ideal tool to use when drawing these roughly scribbled fashion sketches? Well not very silly actually. Learning about the right types of accessories when illustrating your thoughts play a pivotal role. I suggest, always go for the hard lead pencils.

 Starting off as newbies is never a cakewalk. Using pen, ink, paints or colored markers is okay once you are a master at your trade. Lead pencils, the HB ones particularly are safe since they create very light marks and can be erased at any point of time. So, when you are not very impressed with the final outcome, wipe your boards clear and get started without wasting a sheet!

Now, the model you have created must spell out a pose. Whether it’s a bending pose or the usual runway standing posture, it’s imperative your sketch shows one. Wondering why? Well, it’s both professional and gives your design an edge. Once your croquis is perfected and the basic illustration of your design is done, get started with the detailed works. For example, is there a particular color on your mind? Would you love to add some ruffles, pleats, sequins or other trending designs? Simply make sure that every bit of the idea in your head is right there on your sketch sheet.

Star designers, top-notch fashion labels--where do these refreshing new ideas originate?

Michael Kors, Donatella Versace, Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani or Coco Chanel – these skilled people are brands in themselves. It is their designs that bespeak haute couture and makes a killing impression every-time a model walks the ramp cladded head-to-toe in one of their exclusive and majestic designs. As a greenhorn, I always wondered – where do these spectacular ideas pop up from? Well after years of experience in this ever-changing runway fashion industry, it’s simple to say that behind every new collection or couture lining, there is always an inspiration.

Do you remember the clothing label Michael Kors revealed in the latest fashion week this year? Well, the stretchy bodysuits paired with oversized winter jackets and voguish sweaters. Well undeniably the typical 1980’s style, Kors crafted a clothing line that’s more a tribute to the Broadway dancers of the past. See, it’s inspiration. You could come up with a stunning idea after reading a book. As long as you hunt for inspiration, fix on one and get started creating masterpieces based on the same, ideas will naturally flow. Try it!

Some of the cool fashion sketches that made it huge this time!

  •  Nirvana a label that pulls you on a road trip to the far Pacific Coast. Truly breathtaking and incredibly casual.
  • Gilles Mendel Tropical Slit How could one not get charmed with this body-hugging flowy side-slit design? Ravishing for sure but shoots up the fashion quotient to a whole new level. 
  • The Tiffany Trip Contemporary but a strong combo of elegance and modern day trend.
  • The Vibrant Prints When a sketch lures you big time, there’s no doubt that the design has to be spellbinding. Rebecca Minkoff with her awe-inspiring vibrant print style designs took me to the shimmering tropical beaches straightaway.