Ten Tips to Help You Get Creative

Ideas are sometimes so hard to come by. For many students, doing fashion projects, putting together a cohesive collection or planning a runway show requires some level of creativity and that creativity is what gets us frustrated when we can’t find it. In this post I’ll be showing you a few hacks you can use to get the creative juices flowing in no time.

Number One: The Sketch Journal is Your Sidekick

I don’t know how often I’ve said this, but the one thing all designers must have with them is a sketch journal. Inspiration can literally strike anywhere.

Number Two: Collages Create Concepts

If you see an image you like in a magazine, cut it out and create a collage around it. Play around with different colors, textures, and subject matter.

Number Three: Doodling is Your Friend

When bored, doodle, color, draw lines, write, whatever. It’s a simple matter of conveying an emotion on paper.

Number Four: Read a Novel

Yes, I said read. Reading novels often help you to imagine vivid descriptions of characters or settings in the book and it might just spark something. It might inspire you to draw your interpretation of a favorite character and that might trigger something.

Number Five: Create a Brainstorming Portfolio

I’ll go a little more in depth with that later on, but creating a portfolio just to brainstorm fashion ideas or do quick sketches is quite helpful.

Number Six: The Fine Art of Finishing Unfinished Work

Revisit past unfinished artwork, and finish them. Or, revisit old outdated artwork you may not like and recreate them.

Number Seven: Be Inspired by Other Designers

Just don’t copy their ideas. Maybe you may see a certain lace detail on one dress and a unique structure in another. See what you can come up with or improve on in other designs.

Number Eight: Less is Best

Simplicity is a form of style. You don’t always have to create convoluted, technical designs.

Number Nine: Look at the Whole Picture

If you’re trying to come up with ideas for a collection, it’s always a good idea to have three to six strong, unique pieces and keep the rest simple, but tasteful. Make your theme stand out.

Number Ten: Never Over-Think

Follow your instincts. You may want to over think something and when you do, that’s when you miss a chance to create something inspiring. Take a deep breath and let your thoughts flow.

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