Something I’ve recently learned how to do while studying fashion design is how to put together a fashion storyboard. This is something that’s essential when pitching your design to a manufacturer, and will feature a fashion illustration of your design and the technical drawings (or blueprint of the design), as well as fabric swatches you would use. To give you an idea of what a storyboard looks like, here’s one I did with a vintage theme:
For a recent assignment, I was instructed to design my spin on the classic little black dress, and put together a storyboard as well. I wanted to be pretty creative and make a fun design, so I went the goth route. I was inspired by traditional gothic icons, such as Siouxsie Sioux from Siouxsie and the Banshees, the works of Tim Burton, even the Addams Family. And then I got to work!
Here’s early development of my fashion illustration. I chose to design a dress that would be romantic and flirty, with one layer of fabric (intended to be plain black velvet) sweeping up on one side and detailed with a bow, with a secondary fabric (pleated satin) peeking out from underneath.
Next came the part I’m not really fond of (but it’s a necessary evil in fashion design!), creating the technical drawings. This is a plain back and front rendering of the design that shows you, without distraction of what the fabric choice might be, what your finished garment will look like. If you’ve ever purchased or glanced at a package for a clothing pattern, no doubt you’ve seen the technical drawing of the garment placed somewhere. I neglected to get a photograph of the process of creating the technical drawings, but they’re included on my finished storyboard.
And here it is!
Even though this was an assignment, I really want to produce this dress. I had a lot of fun putting together this storyboard, and no doubt I’ll be making more in the future!