How to Draw Fashion Designs

Today we learn how to draw fashion designs. Whether you’re doing this as a hobby or you’d like to try to see if you can do

it as a profession, I’ve got a short and simple little course that will only take a few minutes to get you started on your way so you can try it out, see what it’s like, and learn how to do it properly right from the start so you don’t develop any bad habits. First, a few tips and then I’ve got a short series of instructional videos by

a very good fashion designer who has been in the business for the last 18 years. Let’s get started.

Tips and Tricks

  • First, get inspired and draw something you actually like. Don’t do something boring and stodgy just because a textbook tells you to. Get your favorite magazine or Google your favorite model and sketch something that really appeals to you.
  • Draw the overall figure and do the major parts first, then work your way down to the fine details. Most beginners tend to want to mash it all together–they’ll draw some of the overall figure, then put some details on it, then draw some more of the figure, then a few more details, etc. This is generally not the best way to go about this.
  • Never throw anything away, keep a portfolio of everything you do just for your own personal use, plus if you decide to go professional you can use your best work as part of your resume.

Learn how to do it from a pro

This is Tu-Anh Nguyen, founder of Tu-Anh Accessories and

Polished by Tu-Anh, her own design and creative consulting firm. In addition to being head designer for her own Fashion Label, Tu-Anh Accessories, she has been a professional make-up artist for over 20 years. She has worked with national cosmetic brands such as Prescriptives, Khiehls, AVEDA, Shiseido, Stila, Aura Science, Mary Kay, and Arbonne International as well as

doing make-up for fashion shows, photographers, models, and actors. In short, she knows her stuff.

Part 1: Drawing fashion for beginngers

Part 2: How to draw a figure

Part 3: How to draw the clothes

Part 4: Adding flesh tones

Additional Resources and Further Reading

There’s an excellent book called Figure Drawing for Fashion Design that I think you’ll be very interested in, definitely check that out.

Also, here’s a really interesting interview with designer Rachel Burt about fashion sketching that includes a demo, very cool.