Fashion designers need inspiration just like everyone else. In fact, because they are so immersed in the creation process at all times, inspiration is at a premium and they need to gather it whenever and wherever they can. This is especially true if you’re a designer planning to put together a collection for your clothing line.
Or maybe you’re a much more serious designer. You design clothes that could very well end up being showcased during fashion week in New York City.
In this case, you will really need to totally bring the goods by delivering an amazing collection that turns the heads of some of the biggest fashion moguls in the industry. Inspiration is an absolute must in this scenario so you’ll need to take it and run with it wherever you can get it.
With that said, we will now take a look at our favorite ways to gather inspiration to design a collection for your clothing line. Use the ideas that seem inspiring to you and forget about the rest. Or if you’re really stuck, try all of our ideas and see which ones work best to help you complete your collection.
Inspiring Idea #1:
Take a Look at the Whole of the Fashion Industry
The fashion business is changing and it’s always in flux. Not only are current designs and styles going to change with each season, they are going to change fairly rapidly so you have to keep up with the trends. One moment the fashion business is going to showcase a certain style for a season and designers like Tom Ford and Ralph Lauren will create designs and styles to set the trend. And in the next moment, everything will be different.
Fast fashion is also very big, so you may want to consider this avenue as a place to look for inspiration. Stores like Forever 21, Zara, and H & M might be showcasing a particular collection at one point, and then very quickly – like 10 days later – an entirely new collection could be showcased in all their stores because the designs are fast, furious, and ready to move out the door to keep customers happy and satisfied.
As you can see, you really need to stay on top of the fashion industry when completing your collection. Make sure you know what’s going on in all facets of fashion and base your collection making decisions on the type of fashion you’re interested in and follow the current trends and styles.
Inspiring Idea #2:
Know Precisely Who You’re Designing For
This may seem like a really simple thought on the surface, but you absolutely need to know your target audience before designing clothes. You need to know the type of person you’re designing for. Otherwise you’ll have a hard time designing the best clothes for their favorite fashionable styles.
As an example, let’s say you have fallen in love with going to balls, galas, and other formal events. In fact, you love it so much that you’ve decided to become an evening black tie designer. This might be the perfect side of the fashion industry to get into because you love the clothes, love the atmosphere, and you really look forward to working on your latest designs.
How will you become a successful evening black tie designer? Well, the first thing you need to know is to understand your main audience. You need to get to know the type of people that go to these events. So you’ll have to spend some time going to evening black tie events to get to know the people better, see the types of clothes they are wearing, and learn to mimic the style and also create signature pieces that are all your own.
Once you’ve established your perfect audience, you can then create clothes to match and collections that they would be excited to buy. So it all comes down to knowing who you’re designing for. Once you understand this piece of the puzzle, the rest should easily fall into place.
Inspiring Idea #3:
Use the Internet to Your Advantage
The great thing about the Internet is that it’s filled with images. There are websites like Pinterest that are completely filled with images that link to blogs with fashionable designs and other exciting images. Or you can go to a website like Instagram and check out the pictures and designs of clothing that other people share.
But you also have other options as well. On Google, there is an image search feature that will allow you to look up and find just about every image you could ever want or need. There are picture sharing websites, other search engines, blogs, Tumblr, and just about a million other places to go online to view images of clothing lines, individual garments and pieces, and much more.
Guess what? There’s an entire world besides the Internet! You could go to your local bookstore and look at photography books, coffee table books, and browse the magazine section. You never know what you’re going to see in these pictures that will inspire you to create your next fashion masterpiece. Heck, you could even look through old family photo albums for inspiration and you may be able to bring back a style that has been dormant for decades! Wouldn’t that be interesting?
Once you’ve gathered all of these exciting and inspiring images, you could either cut them out if they are in physical form, or you can save them to a Pinterest board. Just keep them close at hand because you never know when you’ll need additional inspiration to help you create an amazing collection for your clothing line.
As you can see, finding inspiration for your clothing line can certainly be difficult at times. But we’ve shared some exciting suggestions with you today that we hope you’ll fully utilize.
Use the Internet to your advantage and gather as many images as you can for inspiration. Additionally, Nihal Fashions is a great place to find some inspiration, to make your own unique collection, and to stand out in the crowd. Get to know your target market and ask them questions about their design preferences. And really begin to pay attention to the fashion industry on the whole. You’ll gain valuable insight just by seeing what everybody else is doing.
Once you’ve implemented and mastered these ideas, you’ll have no trouble creating an amazing collection for your clothing line. So get started right away.