Creating your collection’s vision

Now this is the fun part! Put your creative thinking cap on and start visualizing your first collection. To help you with this, you need to create a mood board.

A mood board is a visual summary of your collection’s inspiration. It is the focus of all your styles. All your designs for your first collection should stem from this theme.

Creating your mood board for your collection

Your mood boards set the tone for the collection. Aside from inspiration, most designers use their mood boards to communicate to their team and maintain cohesiveness.

Your mood board should:

  • Have elements that complement each other
  • Have a cohesive look
  • Be consistent with your brand

Your mood board can be based on a colour scheme, a period in history, a type of fabric or print, or even a foreign place. It shouldn’t be limited to fashion items. You can add nature-related photos, art images, sports or action shots, and more. There are many sources of inspiration out there. Make a habit of taking pictures or pinning on your Pinterest boards. You’ll never know when your creative spark will hit you.

To get started, you will need:

  • Magazines
  • Pictures from the internet
  • Fabric swatches
  • Double sided tape
  • Poster board

You might want to visit both a fabric store (Marshall’s Fabrics, Economy Textiles or Fabricland), and a craft store (Michaels).

Some Recommended fashion magazines to find inspirational images:

  • Harper’s Bazaar
  • Vogue
  • GQ
  • Canada Fashion
  • WWD
  • Elle Canada
  • Loulou
  • Flare
  • Instyle

Visit Issuu online and check out all their fashion magazines here.

Be sure to include images other than clothing to help create the mood, and quotes and anything graphic including logos and signs that will all help you communicate your theme’s collection and what it is all about.

Mood boards also allow you to visualize how and why your first collection fits your target market. Try to keep it neat though it doesn’t need to be perfectly placed. Make sure that there are no white spaces seen on your board. It’s like a collage of ideas.

Some of the things you might want to consider while looking for inspiration is your colour palette.

  • Will it be muted or bright?
  • Will you go for monochrome or colour blocking?
  • In terms of style, will you go for silhouettes or loose?
  • Will you explore textures and prints or start with chic and classic plains?

All of these things go into the process of creating your collection inspiration.

Once you’re done with the mood board, you can start doing your sketches and researching your fabrics.

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