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There are many different stages to putting a portfolio together, and it’s an ongoing process – a portfolio is never really finished as a good designer should get to the end of putting one together, and already be self critical about what he / she has done. Really good designers will constantly be looking for new ways of presenting their work, practicing new illustration styles, and developing their flat drawings. So, where exactly do you start?

Step One – Establish what sort of style, sector and market you would suit.

It’s fair to say that most people who are very new to doing fashion design make their biggest mistake by not having a definite focus or theme throughout their work – most people begin designing in a haphazard manner, resulting in a portfolio that isn’t cohesive. For example, some people start off with a clubwear project for girls, then go into another project which is tailoring for men, then back to ladieswear. This presents a very confusing message for whoever is viewing your work, and makes it difficult for them to establish what your creative strengths are.


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