Fashion is all about being comfortable in what you wear and how you carry it. A person can look chic and fashionable even in jeans and a white tee if she is comfortable and wears it confidently. Most people who are confident and comfortable in their clothes are great at fashion and wants a career in it.
Fashion is your style, your personality, and if you are a fashionista, and wish to make a career in this field, this blog is for you.
Every fashion expert, who wants to run his/her apparel store or work for a designer or so on, has a collection of sketches and illustrations. If you don’t have that, make sure you make one.
Also, a person who wants to make a career in fashion needs more than sketches and illustrations. It is because HR and recruiters want to see more than your designs. They want to see a complete portfolio, and in this blog, we will learn how we can do that.
Let’s look at seven tips or steps that can help you make a great online fashion portfolio.
1. Figure out the industry you want to work in
You can work as a designer in films, or you can help design sportswear for celebrities and common men, or you can work in ethnic designing, and so on. There are a lot of options and first, you need to know in which direction you want to move ahead. After that, you have to figure out the companies that are at the top level in that industry and get all the information about it.
Who are their customers, what they wear, and what are their choices, and so on? Once you know all this, you can figure out if you have the skillset for that, or you need to work on more, and how you can design your portfolio?
2. Meet their requirements
Once you know what your industry and company you want to apply in, it’s time to start looking at vacancies. If you find one, before sending in your resume, you have to make sure that it is designed in a way that includes everything that the company is looking for.
Maybe they need sketches or some other things that you haven’t put in your portfolio. If that is the case, you need to do so before sending it.
3. Have a great binder and make use of an effective tool
Pick a binder that not only looks nice but also looks professional too. For a beginner, a three or five-page presentation binder will work too. But make sure that it has room for adding or deleting some sketches or illustrations.
Moreover, you need an online version of your portfolio too. So, either set up a website for that or make a page on Instagram or Pinterest. You can use Canva for designing your online resume.
4. Take amazing photos
You can’t just have sketches in your portfolio, you need to show how people look in your clothes. So, ask your friends who are aspiring models or hire some models if you have the budget too and have a photo shoot. You can click the photos yourself, or ask a friend or hire a part-time but good photographer.
Make sure you take quality pictures in amazing locations, take pictures from different angles, and use the best ones for your online and physical portfolio.
Add filters or enhance the photo, do eye correction, and so on before putting a picture in your final portfolio. Also, you don’t have to use all the pictures that you have taken. Find the best ones out of the whole photo-shoot and put only that.
6. Organize them
Whether you have an online portfolio or an offline one, make sure your strongest and best work is at the top. Start by showing your best work to the people to impress.
7. Size matter
The size of your portfolio does matter. So, don’t go beyond the standard size which is 9″ x 12″. Don’t go larger or smaller than that.
Here is how to design a portfolio:
In your portfolio, you should:
- Start by showing the recruiter that you have covered each area of designing. First, the sketches should come, then the presentation board should come, and lastly, the apparel tech pack.
- Each fashion collection of yours should have an inspiration page. It is like an introduction that helps define the collection, fabric swatches, and color, and so on.
- Next, you should show fashion illustrations, which is how different sketches showing how the garment will look on a person. You can top this, by adding images of real people wearing your garments.
- Next, show flat sketches that show how your designs will look on a flat background.
The last tip, don’t show your sketches on a plain background. Use fashion background templates according to the theme of the clothes.
Share more tips about creating a great fashion portfolio in the comments below.