Designing from a Mood Board | 3 Steps to Bring Your Collection to Life

Hi everyone, it’s Emily!  In my opinion, one of the hardest but most rewarding parts when creating a collection is bringing it from mood board...
Designing from a Mood Board | 3 Steps to Bring Your Collection to Life

Hi everyone, it’s Emily! 

In my opinion, one of the hardest but most rewarding parts when creating a collection is bringing it from mood board to sketches to real life. In this video, I will show you how I transform my mood board for my Spring / Summer 2021 Collection, called Darling, and transform it into fashion design sketches.

This creative and technical process takes practice. I am still working on it, as well, but I have definitely learned a lot from my past Fall/Winter Collection, so I want to take you with me as I bring my Spring/Summer 2021 Collection, to life!

Step 1: Have Your Mood Board Ready

If you haven’t seen my video, How to Make a Mood Board, I recommend watching this video first because I am going to pick up where I left off. 

One way to really get the mood board going is to start a Pinterest board.

You can also create an idea map, take a walk through nature, start doodling, anything to get those creative juices flowing. 

I would like to highlight that the purpose of making a mood board- at least for me - is to evaluate how my ideas are working together. I love this part of the process because you really get to work your creative muscles. Everyone can be creative. It’s all about practicing to unlock this skill in your mind. 

Step 2: Know Your Concept 

You have to identify what you are trying to say through your mood. This is my Spring Summer Collection Concept:

mood board, fashion blog

Continuing with the idea of slow fashion through timeless and effortless styles, Darling, my Spring/Summer 2021 collection, champions the idea of barefoot glamour through sweet, feminine designs. I’m going for a high-end beach style inspired collection that exudes warm shades of rosy peach, touches of light aqua blue and gold, and vibrant magenta against stark white to prepare the modern woman for an unforgettable summer. 

Once you identify your concept, you can translate that to designs. 

Step 3: Translating the Concept to Designs 

I am not a super literal designer. I tend to look at an image and how it makes me feel, and I think, “What would I be wearing at that moment?”. Other designers may look at a building, for example, and translate jagged lines to a design. This also works very well. 

With my concept, I want my collection to translate to easy breezy everyday sets; feminine, gracefully draped dresses; and billowing tops and jackets in neutral tones that pop against bold shades of pink.

To give you a better idea of what I am saying, I am going to go through a few images on my mood board and explain directly how I get to a fashion design and sourcing the fabric. (To watch me sketch, click here)

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1. For example, from this image I imagine where it takes me. What I would, feel, smell, see, hear. I love the delicateness of the chain and softness of the towel. I found this beautiful silk jersey chain print from Mood Fabrics.

chain print silk jersey

I translated it to a wrap top with feminine deep V neckline and slight high low hem. I wanted something effortless but still fashionable. I am mixing the simplicity of the beach with a little bit of glamour. 

mood board blog

2. The first sense I get when looking at the image is the soft sand and the warm glow of the sky. From this feeling I decided to go with this super soft Ponte di Roma fabric in a sandy, neutral tone.

ponte di roma

I designed a very simple pant from this luxurious fabric because of the simplicity and natural vibes coming from the beach.

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3. There is something so nostalgic about this to me, while being luxurious. Maybe it’s the white table cloth at breakfast? Either way this photo made me think of my childhood in the bright sunny morning of a summer day. There were endless possibilities where I could take the day, so I wanted to translate this feeling of luxury and nostalgia to something playful. I designed a very youthful matching set in stark white to capture that very bright, happy, optimistic mood I get when I see this photo. I chose a matelassé to add texture and body to the silhouette.


I added asymmetric style lines the to top, to give it a little more fun and create interest.  

So that’s it for today! I hope you guys learned something about designing from a mood board and starting to bring your collection to life. 

Comment below if you’d like me to do more videos/blogs on the design process. I would love to show you guys how some of these techniques work. Let me know if you have any questions or specific topics you’d like me to cover. Subscribe to my channel and click the bell to get notified when I upload new videos every Friday!. Thanks for watching and have a great day!

Watch the full YouTube video here:

What to watch next? 

Watch this video on How to Create a Fashion Mood Board:

Watch this video on Fashion Design in the Circular Economy:

Watch this video: 2021 Fashion Trend Forecast





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