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Learn to Draw Fashion Models & Clothes

Fashion drawing is the drawing of clothes on a figure. The figures and style of drawing differ so dramatically between designers so there is no right or wrong way to draw. Some people put lots of detail into their art, whilst others do loose sketches and leave the heads blank. It's up to you!

This page lists links to the best fashion sketching tutorials and video how-tos on the web, and displays many examples of fashion illustration styles.

So, whether you want to be a fashion designer or you just want to draw for fun, then I hope this resource helps :-)

Glamorous Showstopper


Illustration by Hayden Williams. You can find more drawings by Hayden on this blog and this Flickr photostream.

Top-Rated Fashion Drawing Books

Books are so helpful when learning about fashion illustration, especially if you are teaching yourself, and these 5 are a selection of the best:

Fashion Sketching

An Introduction For Beginners

When drawing fashion, the most important thing is to develop your own style - and this come with lots and lots of practice! Some designers draw faces, hair, hands and feet whilst other draw none of those (sometimes they just draw a basic shape or a squiggle, or even glue on faces from magazine cuttings!); some designers add a background, some do not; some draw in colored pencils whilst others draw in pens or markers; some draw soft and subtle shades whilst some draw bold and dramatic lines; some go for realism and some exaggerate and add artistic've just got to experiment until you find your favorite style and medium.

A croquis is a basic outline of a person, and is what you use as your clothing model. As a beginner, you should find a free croquis template on this page and print out pages of these outlines. Then just draw, draw, draw! The hardest thing to do is start, and you should definitely try to not be a perfectionist. The whole point is to get your idea across to whoever is looking at the sketch so it doesn't have to look realistic, not every line must be perfect. DO NOT USE AN ERASER! If you really mess it up, just move onto your next sketch, but otherwise just carry on. Use light lines of pencil to start with so if you make a mistake you can make a bolder pencil line in the correct place.

Once you have spent some time using basic croquis, then it is time to draw your own. This takes practice to get the proportions right. There are videos and instructions on this page which will show you what to do. Once you have mastered the basic croquis, and can draw one easily from memory, then try different poses. Strike a pose in the mirror if you want to create your own signature pose, or copy the poses from people in photos or magazines. Keep working on your croquis until you have a set of 3 or so that you can use for most sketches. If you want to move on from regular catwalk women, then you can also create your own croquis set for men or plus size models or swimwear models etc.

As I said, the hardest thing to do is to start drawing, and I find that thinking of a theme first makes it a lot easier to come up with ideas.

Here are some possible themes to choose from:

- Forest

- Prom

- Midsummer Night's Dream

- Jungle

- Disney

- Gods & Godesses

- James Bond

- Pride & Prejudice

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- Underwater

- Royal Ascot (don't forget the big hats!)

- Here Comes The Bride

- Myth & Legend

- Ancient Egyptian

- English Kings & Queens (taking inspiration from any era)

- Haute Couture

- Sky & Space

- Bubbles

- The Victorians (think 'Sweeney Todd' and 'Oliver')

- Structure & Architecture

If you want to add fabric swatches or notes about the types of fabric you want to use for each section, that's great as it adds detail and depth to the idea.

Just remember that fashion designers sketch (rather than use a computer) in order to jot down their ideas quickly, and it's also a way of putting your personality and flair on paper. Don't get hung up on making realistic looking designs, because it really doesn't matter if the croquis doesn't look exactly like a real human, or if your pleats aren't precisely symmetrical! Just be creative and remember it's just a representation of the finished piece of clothing, not a technical plan for the final item.

What Are You Wearing?

Why not draw yourself in your new outfit?

Click here for more examples from the same artist.

Click here for more 'What I Wore' drawings.

How To Fashion Sketch

Fashion Tutorials & Free Figure Templates

Inspired by Alexander McQueen

I like the texture that has been created by the coloring in these drawings.

I like the texture that has been created by the coloring in these drawings.

Figure Drawing Templates

Templates like these are very useful, especially if you're a beginner.

Templates like these are very useful, especially if you're a beginner.

Hayden Williams


A Glossy magazine spread with illustrations by Hayden Williams. You can find more drawings by Hayden on this blog and this Flickr photostream.

200 Fashion Design Projects

More Fashion Inspiration

Disney Princesses

I love the idea of turning Disney cartoon characters (Jasmine, The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas and Snow White) into fashion icons! My favorite Disney female was always Belle :)

I love the idea of turning Disney cartoon characters (Jasmine, The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas and Snow White) into fashion icons! My favorite Disney female was always Belle :)

Figure Drawing Videos

Adding Realism

I like that this fashion drawing is much more realistic than the norm.

I like that this fashion drawing is much more realistic than the norm.

Fashion Illustration Video Tutorials

Adding Colour

I really like this style.

I really like this style.

More Inspiring Fashion Books

Here are another 5 fashion books I would recommend; all of which have great reviews and are packed with expert advice and beautiful drawing inspiration.

Please Leave a Comment!

CalobrenaOmai on July 28, 2014:

I did some research on this a while back because I wanted to design clothes for BJDs. Its difficult to adhere to a single illustration style because there have been various illustrative influences over the years. I've given the task of designing clothes another go and have showcased some of the results as entries into a mini contests done for fun. Looking forward to getting back into the swing of things. Thanks for sharing this amazing lens.

wellingtonboot (author) from U.K. on November 20, 2013:

@FashionStudent: Those videos look great, thanks for the tip!

FashionStudent on November 20, 2013:

Great Lens! Have you used any of the Fashionary books? they seem pretty popular with students now. They are good for doing quick drawings. Also have you checked out University of Fashion? They have lots of video tutorials there is a free one on basic croquis as well.

anonymous on October 31, 2013:

Very interesting and helpful! Thank you for posting.

Im2keys on September 25, 2013:

what a great lens, loved looking at these gorgeous drawings!

anonymous on September 17, 2013:

its all nice and great as visit I appreciate you.

DelDavDD on August 22, 2013:

your lens z awesome....I am a fashion designing this lens was helpful.i love to draw.

i have seen many fashion illustrations .But most of them was women's.

it will be helpful if you can help me with some videos and pics of men's illustration

suzyjahi on August 03, 2013:

I love your lens you have here!! Awesome!

dudokdudok on May 31, 2013:

Very inspiring lens. Lovely.

anonymous on March 19, 2013:

I like to draw as a hobby. But I really would like to study fashion design. I want to be a fashion designer when i grow up

Sharon Weaver from Los Angeles, CA on March 14, 2013:

I was a fashion designer and studied fashion illustration. Your sketches have a lot of style.

yogolinda on February 25, 2013:

Full of great info ! There are some great video tutorials in this lens

mouse1996 lm on February 14, 2013:

I would love to fashion design as a hobby. This article has a lot of helpful information.

JessicaJohn on February 11, 2013:

wow, these are gorgeous and very attractive.

link777 lm on January 27, 2013:

Wow, I was overwhelmed by so much information! Amazing job!

slackira on January 14, 2013:

Great lens <3

Beverly Rodriguez from Albany New York on December 24, 2012:

This looks like fun. Maybe I'll give it a try.

padilla on December 14, 2012:

Should you add a category on Fashion Sketching related workshops...please add mine:

Thanks and good lens.

oomiloo-clothing on November 21, 2012:

Cool Sketching.... Cool lens

anonymous on November 10, 2012:

i luv dress sketching!so far i've made 7 pages!

anonymous on November 03, 2012:

@anonymous: didnt help me >_>

anonymous on November 03, 2012:

@anonymous: o really..hum mine dosnt

anonymous on November 03, 2012:

@poshbytori lm: mine 2!omg

anonymous on November 03, 2012:

@anonymous: im sure u do and u just don't no it

anonymous on October 26, 2012:

Wow! I am so envious of anyone who can draw like that. I seem to have absolutely no artistic talent whatsoever.

Emaily LM on October 16, 2012:

the lens is cool, thanks for sharing.

ModellingAdvice1 on September 10, 2012:

Great lens! Inspired me to get my sketchbook out again!

dressygirlkouture on September 04, 2012:

Love this lens, so much info - thank you :)

aefhamilton lm on September 01, 2012:

Cool lens - fashion drawing is an art!

anonymous on August 22, 2012:

@puremystery: has now?

anonymous on August 22, 2012:

@anonymous: o so verry really

Carole James on August 15, 2012:

I really wish I had the talent to draw like that. My drawings always come out funny looking.

VspaBotanicals on August 13, 2012:

Simply faboulous lens.

caketech on July 14, 2012:

Love the section on adding Realism! Squid Angel blessings to you!

Annette_corie on July 01, 2012:

The dress form is the foundation of fashion design. Learn how to sketch the dress form properly and you will have a good base for any design.

anonymous on May 31, 2012:

really really great work! well done!!!

anonymous on May 27, 2012:

I love the fashion drawing Tutorials and i want to draw as good as them.

Annette_corie on May 09, 2012:

fashion drawing Tutorials is the best fashion drawing and it is the drawing which makes good imprecation .

OOMMEN G on May 09, 2012:

Very nice

Silverstar2154 on May 06, 2012:

Very nice lens and I all the drawings here are very nice.

anonymous on May 06, 2012:

i have always wanted to learn the art of sketching my quest ends here thanks for sharing

ara-bella on March 01, 2012:

I love video drawing tutorials, thanks for the info and resources. nice lens!

anonymous on February 20, 2012:


MelonyVaughan on February 03, 2012:

What a wonderful lens! I've always wanted to learn how to do fashion sketches. :)

Li-Li-ThePinkBookworm on February 01, 2012:

Very helpful lens, with a lot of cool pictures and good information.

Li Li

printabledolls on January 31, 2012:

interestin lens, fashion drawings are a new place to read an learn

Ronald Tucker from Louisville, Kentucky on January 29, 2012:

Fashion Illustration is a prerequisite for Fashion Design students. It gives a visual reference for the design idea and can be readily manipulated to show new details and fabric texture before being made into a pattern or draped.

gyo_art_fashion on January 24, 2012:

I LOVE! This is definitely a fantastic inspiration.....

I'm getting geared up to do a Masters in Fashion Designing.... So thanks for the fab tutorial!!

Geeve on September 23, 2011:

Wonderful. Blessed by a passing Angel.

anonymous on September 10, 2011:

This really helped me!!!!!!

anonymous on August 20, 2011:

cool!! I LOVE IT!!!!!

Anonym4ever on August 06, 2011:

I love it! I always wanted to learn how to draw fashion figures since they would be a great asset in drawing some clothes for some of my characters in a B.D. but... mostly is because I love the drawing style =^^=

Great lens ;)

illustrationsalamode on July 15, 2011:

Love it : )

sukkran trichy from Trichy/Tamil Nadu on June 12, 2011:

awesome lens. ~blessed~

puremystery on May 23, 2011:

You have good references and great, illustrated examples. Awesome Lens!

slackira on December 21, 2010:

Great lens. I'm not a fashion student but i so would love to learn it. Great resources. Thanks for sharing.

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