Designing clothes: 10 tips to create amazing looks
Everyone who works in fashion knows that designing clothes is one of the creative steps that takes the most energy and time.
In this sense, this is a fundamental part of the work of the stylist who wants to stand out in such a competitive and glitzy market, and to create incredible pieces with greater agility, it is worth taking into account some tips!
Thus, as in almost all human activities, practice leads to improvement and can lead to perfection.
So, draw, draw and draw a lot!
Always improve your technique of designing clothes looking for references, inspiration, and other looks from other artists, brands, and projects.
In this way, with continuous work, you will gain more and more style and signature of your work.
It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner in this field or have several years of experience. Any of the tips below may help you in your daily work.
How to design clothes quickly?
1.Start designing clothes for the human body:
First, start by learning and perfecting the design of the human body, because this is the basis for any costume or accessory creation.
In this case, the important thing is that you absorb the understanding of theproportions of the body, such as:
- From the knee to the bottom of the feet.
- From the top of the femur (located on the thigh) to the kneecap (knee).
- From the elbow to the fingertips.
- From the collarbone to just below the navel.
- From the width of the chest that goes from shoulder to shoulder.
Afterwards, after you practice a lot with the model in the front position, you can develop the technique of many stylists of working the human body in more natural poses – thinking now as if the model was on the catwalk.
2. From the sketch to the final line:
Consequently, after the proportions of the human body are “ingrained” in your unconscious, it is worth investing time in the first sketches (sketches) of your creations.
The tip here is to always start by unleashing your imagination and creativity with freer and scribbled strokes done in pencil.
After the idea is more consolidated you can reinforce the most important strokes with paint before starting to color the clothes.
3. The simplest step by step to design clothes:
Now, the first line you should make in the search for the practice of drawing the human body will be done vertically.
On a sheet of paper, draw a straight line that will represent the center of gravity of your model.
Then, at the top of this line, make the head oval. Then, in the middle of the vertical line, draw a square to represent the pelvic region of the silhouette.
The larger this square, the larger the dimensions of your model.
Still, imagine that if the body is not in a straight position but is tilted to one side, this square should be drawn next to the central vertical line.
Finally, to finish the silhouette of the model, draw the torso with two lines up and with a straight line over them just below the head. With this base it is possible to start drawing the body beyond the initial base.
First traces in the design of clothes and looks.
4. Develop your style:
So, once you learn the basics and practice the proportions of the human body on paper, experiment a lot!
Try to create for different types of silhouette and body, play with different schools of style and cultural references. Anyway, draw a lot!
The more you draw, the easier it will be to identify which types you draw better.
It is also worth studying other artists and experimenting with their style.
Consequently, after trying different ways of drawing you will be able to develop your own trait and signature.
5. Front and back designing clothes
The next step, after the scribbled strokes were consolidated into a final design that “dresses” a person’s silhouette, it is worth working on the presentation of the clothes themselves.
At this point, it is important that you design both the front and back of the dress, showing what the front and back would look like.
When doing this detailing, it is easier to present variations of the clothes and details that may result in new costume options.
6. Search and practice with tutorials:
One of the advantages of the internet is the diversity of information and content available on different websites and applications on fashion.
A good tip is to always look for new information and tutorials on the subject on sites like YouTube.
Some interesting channels to explore how to design clothes – even more quickly and / or in detail and with tips for different levels of learning / practice – are Drawing & Paiting – The Virtual Instructor, Fashion Teaching, FSketcher, among others.
An interesting website with tutorials for different levels of professionals is the University of Fashion.
7. Alternative methods for designing amazing clothes:
The more you design clothes, the easier it is to do so. Consequently, it will make the proportion of the body faster and you will be able, after this phase, to draw the sketches with the appropriate proportions without thinking twice about it.
This is the most recommended way!
But if you have already passed this phase and you need a sketch quickly to work as a base for your creation and you don’t have much time for that, there are some sites on the internet that offer varied and free options.
8. Immerse yourself in references and trends
After practicing the art of designing clothes a lot, it’s time to start creating your own collection.
The first step for this is to dive into different references and look for market trends.
Among the interesting sites to browse and search for this information are the Color Association of the United States, Business of Fashion, Sebrae Inteligência Setorial, Fashion United, FashionEdits, among others.
Also look for trends and styles references in different cultural producers (such as TV series, cinema, music, visual arts, etc.) to unleash the imagination in your creations.
9. Define your collection profile:
As important as always looking for new references and trends to create collections and design interesting clothes is to know exactly who you are creating your pieces for.
Before creating it is necessary to know (or imagine) the target audience, the tastes and the purchasing profile of this audience.
When you have this clear, it will be possible to define not only the style of each piece, but also the fabric, colors and all the details that will differentiate that model from others aimed at other public profiles.
10. Use technology as an ally to designing clothes:
Finally, as soon as you practiced a lot on drawing on paper, it is worth studying the market proposals to design clothes with much more agility using technology.
Currently, there are options on the market for beginners and professionals and companies looking to save time and optimize processes. Among the professional tools that assist in the design of parts, the most recommended software is Audaces 360.
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