Before we get into this let me just say that the process I use, although it works for me, may not work for everyone. This is how I was trained. Yes, trained. Like any other muscle or skill, you need practice and repetition to develop your style and increase your understanding.
“What inspires you?” Without a doubt the most common question I’ve been asked as a designer. The answer? It can be anything that sparks inspiration. A podcast, an ad, a movie, honestly anything. It’s not about being inspired to create, we’re creatives, we’ll create. It’s about focusing that creativity. Designing with intention something specific and cohesive.
Every time someone mentions something about the design it gets noted. I hear that comment a lot and I’ll go back and adjust the design. Omitting the actual making of the garment, which is a whole other thing, that’s how I go about starting to design.
The whole process can take a few weeks to go from concept to finished product. To put it into perspective, Forever21 -BACK in the day, could do this process within a week. Boasting new styles hitting stores every week. Independent designers think through each piece before going through the effort of making it. We’re here to serve, so if we’re not serving why are we making?