I work for a huge fast fashion retailer, so I deal with fashion every day. I cannot call myself a fashion victim, for I am not, but i share a genuine interest in fashion design from sketch to production. On my “things-i-want-to-learn” list you could find something like fashion sketching/ illustration, and learning to use the sewing machine. I decided to give the first one a try today.
I mean, who would not like to be able to do this?
Ok, there is still long time to go until I will reach this degree of perfection (If ever!), but you gotta start somewhere, right?
And I started with The Fashion Resource Book – it presents the work of a wide range of modern and contemporary designers and reveals their areas of inspiration and research. Moreover, you can also find some case studies of famous designers like Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen, and Coco Chanel.
I took my time to browse through the book and discover possible sources of inspiration and it amazed me to see it can be anything from history and old photographs, sports, architecture, movement and dance, music, travel, nature, science, culture and the list can go on, possibly without ending. I decided to focus on Romanian culture, specifically on the traditional clothes that are currently only being used in small areas, like the picturesque region of Maramures and Transylvania, for example. Romania’s history was much influenced by the Roman Empire, and Romanian language is one of the five romance languages (together with Spanish, Italian, French and Portuguese) – for most people a surprising fact. It seemed that I have found my source of inspiration: Romania, a latin country.
With this idea in mind, I started my online research and after an hour I had my moodboard ready. It contains pictures of traditional Romanian clothing, and latin american costumes, colours and customs.
How would it look like if the traditional Romanian clothes would use colours and patterns from Latin America?
Ok, all set, time to start sketching 🙂 I already took a Skillshare class on fashion design illustration and learned the basics in figure drawing and adding the clothes – this helped a lot! I used different ink pens and watercolour pens, and these are the results.
Clearly, I have a long way to go, but I am so happy I tried it out – it’s so much fun to do the research and then find ways to translate your ideas into sketches. Drawing clothes on a figure is particularly difficult as you have know how to capture the “movement” of the body – and this comes only with practise 🙂
Have you ever aspired to be a fashion designer, even for a couple of hours? Share your experiences with us!
Until next time, dare to play with your ideas!