The creation of a ready-to-wear collection is a long process subject to a really strict calendar. With the series of articles “The collection process”, we wish to unveil you every stage of conception of a Duplicata dress. And as you’ll see, the road to your wardrobe is full of obstacles… Today, we will tell you more about the design, from fashion sketch to technical drawings.
Before taking out the pencils, the designer must immerse in inspiration. From an exhibition to an artwork, or a particular era… All of this combined with the trends that we discover during the Fashion fairs and that give the tone for the season to come.
After defining the global atmosphere for the collection, Anne-Laure starts imagining multiple sketches among which we will make a first selection. Each silhouette has to be matched with the different options of fabrics and colors available, thus narrowing again the selection. Little by little, we refine the collection plan that includes each design and its color declinations.
The final collection plan has to form a coherent set. Lengths, necklines, forms… it needs to answer every expectations and correspond to every morphology so each one of you can find what you’re looking for. A piece of this, a piece of that, we deconstruct our little dolls to put together the perfect puzzle.
When the structure of the collection is consistent, the simple silhouettes will be transposed into technical files. At this stage, many criteria must be taken into account : comfort, manufacturing complexity, fabric consumption, even the zipper’s lengths ! That’s why, until the production is launched, the designs keep evolving.
The technical drawings are an actual ID card of the dress, it contains every information about the product. They show the final product, the references and compositions of the fabrics to use, the different measurements, the finishings, etc. This is a crucial step for the future production of the designs.
In the next “Collection process” article, we will share with you the next steps of the adventure. Fashion will no longer have secrets for you !