The Need For a Portfolio Design as a Fashion Designer

For a fashion designer or anyone that is involved in the creative industry, having a portfolio is a must– no questions asked. A portfolio reflects your creativity and showcases your work to the potential clients. It serves as a true example of what you are capable of and what abilities you have to offer.

It is just as important to have an online portfolio (on the internet) as well as an offline portfolio (printed folio). Having an offline portfolio is important when you have to physically meet your clients at their workplace, where it can be taken to meetings and interviews.

The best way to build a great fashion design portfolio is to focus on the content. It should showcase the designer’s creativity and unique style. Many things should be highlighted in the portfolio including sketching ability, knowledge of how to use color, textile understanding, design development, and problem-solving skills.

Sketched illustrations should be in the portfolio so the potential client knows the designer can accurately sketch his or her ideas. The sketches should be large, colored final copies of the design, if the initial sketches are available and there is room in the portfolio, include those as well. This shows the development of the design from start to finish.

Each collection should include fabric swatches that show what the designs should be made. Small squares are preferred, but make sure they are large enough to show any texture or pattern that may be a part of the fabric.

A good portfolio will enable you to make connections, position yourself in the market and find a job. Creating a strong, eye-catching portfolio demands creativity so that it best reflects the abilities, experience and the skills of the designer.

Before preparing your portfolio, the audience for which it is designed for should be kept in mind. It is best to design an adaptable portfolio, that can be modified to fit any situation. A fashion portfolio design should be to the point and easy to read/navigate through.

The best work should be kept as the first views because nobody has the time to look into the entire portfolio. The work thus showcased should be convincing and impressive, so that it appeals the potential client or the employer.

Fellow fashion designers and creatives, I hope that this has convinced you to start compiling and creating your own fashion portfolio design.

10 Steps to Finding The Best Fashion Design School that Suits You

So you love sewing? Do you love working around designs and even wish you can create such beautiful clothes? And you want to become a PRO. What you need is more than some basic ‘idea’ of Fashion Design; you need a proper training.

First let me share some reasons why you should attend a fashion design school;

  1. You will learn about the most up-to-date styles that many people would consider buying.
  2. If you are unsure whether you will be able to make a living out of your interest in fashion, your level of confidence will greatly increase once you obtain good training.
  3. Studying about and later working on, a field that you love is very rewarding.
  4. You will learn about the various principles behind the patterns you have worked on in the past, as well as the ones you will be working on in the future.
  5. You will also be knowledgeable on mixing and matching colors to magnify the shape and cut of your creations.
  6. You will know more about making great designs – other than just tailoring!
  7. Fashion design school will expose you to different kinds of people working with them, incorporating their ideas with your own, and developing relationships with those who share the same feeling toward fashion.
  8. These relationships will set the foundation for meeting potential employees, employers, or business partners all whom you will need when you start your foray into the fashion world.

Now you might want to ask; How do I find a good Fashion School to enrol at?

Here are 10 tips;

Tip#1 Determine what you would like to major in. From there, search for a school that has visible strenght in that area.

Tip#2 Have a list of criteria that you would like to take a look into in your search for the perfect fashion design school. These criteria may include course content, major and minor subjects, costs, location, notable alumni, and many more.

Tip#3 You may now construct a list of candidate fashion design schools.

Tip#4 Gather all necessary resources and information about each of your candidate school. Find their websites and research.

Tip#5 Narrow down your list further by using the criteria you have set in Tip#2.

Tip#6 Inspect the schools left on your list. It would be good if you can visit these schools personally. But if not, try to obtain a video or look for a virtual tour in their websites.

Tip#7 File your application to the schools that met your criteria.

Tip#8 Take a critical look at the feedbacks you get from the prospective schools and compare based on your budget and goals. Make Notes

Tip#9 Carefully review your notes, pick a final 3 for consideration, ask the opinion of other Fashion professionals around you and now you can finally decide.

There you go! You have been empowered to make the best decision. Go make use of it.


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#LagosTop20 Fashion Challenge – Full List of Winners

For 2 weeks Talented  Fashion Designers from across the city of Lagos showed an overwhelming response to the call for entries in the #LagosTop20 challenge.

We asked people to upload a picture of their best work in the year 2016 and upload on any of their social networks using the hashtag #LagosTop20. the phrase ‘Snap it, Tag it, Post it’ soon became the watchword as over 100 designers showcased their art.

Non-fashion designers were also allowed to upload their best outfit of 2016 to help their fashion designer win.

The criteria for selecting these 20 winners are;

  • Number of Likes and retwets/shares/regranns
  • Designer must NOT be an established Fashion Designer, as the program was created to empower talented, young and upcoming designers
  • Creativity in the designs posted
  • and number of entries by a designer (multiple entries was an advantage)

They are:

Onyinyechi Chuku IG: @chukubliss

Doja Elewa IG: @elewafashion

IG: @gildedije

Fadé’s Fashion House IG: @fade_fh @phadeke

IG: @forlarfashion

IG: @gerson.kamakraftz

Elizabeth Opene IG: @houseofbeecouture

Karimu Joshua Darey IG: @komelogic

lè couture peony IG: @le_couturepeony

Akindiya Mumeen IG: @mumiethetailor

SKETCH clothings IG: @sketchclothings

IG: @toluhwahlahsheh

Tola Omotayo IG: @tritzstitches

IG: @triumphantcouture

Okeke Chioma IG: @v_centia

IG: @youkaymeh

Moesha Laila Twitter: @moesha_laila

Omotayo IG: @omotayo_ashbea

IG: @cindymary_couture

KAYZ COUTURE IG: @kayz.couture


These very creative individuals will get;
1. 1 Month Full Membership Each which includes Full Access to our fully equipped Cosewing Facility + 2 Hours Meeting Room use to meet with clients + opportunity to collaborate with tens of other Creative People using the Hub.
2. Featured on our Blog and other Blogs; sponsored by the Hub
3. FREE 1 month Social Media Advertisement for their brands across all our Online platforms

We say a very Big Congratulations to our Winners!
At 360 Creative Hub, we are solving the problem of inadequate equipment and poor business accommodation for local fashion designers!

7 Trends that will shape Ladies Fashion in 2017 – Pictures

As we start the New Year, staying ahead of the pack will be a major factor in staying relevant in this very competitive Fashion Industry. As a designer, you should dress your clients to meet trends even before they become an ‘all-and-sundry’ thing.

This sends out a clear message that they indeed have a Fashion Designer and not just a ‘tailor next door’. Your work should lead trends not be a poor replica of a stale trend!

We believe the following trends will become very important this year;

  • Ankara Crop Tops

  • All kinds of Peplum

  • Strapless Tops will gain more acceptance

  • You will sew a lot of Hot Shorts (or Knickers)

  • Lace Styles

  • Jumpsuits are here to stay

  • Skirts will get shorter and flared

6 Steps to becoming a better Fashion Designer in 2017

In the opinion of leading fashion designers, there are 6 things you must do to be a better Fashion Designer in the New Year.

  • Know The Trends
  • You can choose to go with the trends and create designs that are in tune, you can decide you want to bring back some styles from the past or create something completely out of the box!

    This journey as designer will be confusing and you won’t look like you know what you are doing if you don’t know and understand whats in or out and decide where you want to stand. You cant be an island in this business. A good way to do this is to come around a community of Fashion Designers to be in the know of what people of like (and unlike) minds are creating.

    Our Cosewing hub serves this purpose; where you can meet and work together with other Fashion Designers. Take a virtual tour at

  • Get Familiar with Computer Aided Design
  • In 2017, if you don’t know how to use the computer to create and present your designs, you are certain to be limited this year.

    Your ability to present yourself as a serious minded professional is very important if you must become big this year.
    Computer Aided Design is a good thing to to add to your arsenal this year. There are a number of easy-to-use software you can get and learn; Fashion Cad, Optitex, Fashion Sketcher, Digital Fashion Pro and lots more

  • Don’t put fame first

The desire to be recognized and celebrated for your work is a fair one! We all want that. Besides who doesn’t want to style the biggest musician or actress in town.

But that is not where the work starts! Before ‘Celebrity Fashion Designer’ or whatever prefix you might ant to add to your name….comes the root word ‘Designer’. The journey starts with making actual clothes for actual people! So get busy, and make clothes, mastery of the art will get you noticed with time.

  • Know your Strength and do your Strength

A good path to relevance in the world of Fashion Designing is to identify what you are best at, and do more of that.

Are you better with Bridal clothing? Casuals or Corporate? Bespoke and so on. Take time to find your vibe and stick to it.

  • Know your customer

Fashion as we know it is an art, but the bottom-line remains that you are trying to run a business. And so the Customer becomes a major factor.

Know each Customer’s unique needs and what fashion means to them, understand the basic body types, make up styles and how to plan a wardrobe.

  • Work with the right tools

Your manual sewing machine won’t take you where you want to be this year. You certainly need too get a good grasp of other modern equipment. Find out what professionals are using to achieve superior results; get as close as possible, as often as possible to those equipment.

A Number of facilities and Training schools afford you the opportunity to learn these very modern sewing machines, you can also offer free assistance or take up an internship with a fashion designer around you who has what you need. Alternatively, you can find a fashion center near you that offers space and equipment for fashion designers to use for their work.

A good example is 360 Creative Hub at Surulere, Lagos.  Our facility comes fully-equipped with state-of-the-art fashion gadgets you can rent for your use at very affordable rates.

Big Opportunity for Upcoming Designers – The ‘Lagos Top 20’ Challenge

As a way to start the New Year,  Nigeria’s  1st Coworking Space for Fashion Designers introduces the #LagosTop20 Challenge to celebrate and reward creativity among local designers.

20 outstanding local designers will be chosen as the #LagosTop20 and will get
1. 1 Month FREE access to use our Premium Fashion Design Coworking Facility in Lagos
2. Featured on Leading Blogs in the country
3. 1 Month Social Media Marketing Campaign to jump start their outfits to new levels in 2017.

Get ready to be exposed beyond your imagination!

They are the most inspiring Upcoming Fashion Designers to watch out for in 2017.

To Enter
Simply Follow us on TwitterFacebook or Instagram and upload a Picture of your most inspiring work for 2016 using the hashtag #LagosTop20. If its good enough, you could be on the #LagosTop20!

At 360 Creative Hub, we are solving the problem of inadequate equipment and poor business accommodation for local fashion designers! Enter the challenge for an opportunity to start the new year with excellence!

Entries Close Saturday January 14, 2017

360 Creative Hub_ The Fashion Designer’s Coworking Space

Fashion is arguably the next big deal in Nigeria and as such, has seen many entrepreneurs emerge than most special crafts in Nigeria. Their needs range from machinery to office space where they can work and create, to runways where they can flaunt their creativity.

Real Estate in Lagos can be a business killer hence the need to create a workspace for these bubbly entrepreneurs to express themselves, free from financial inhibition. Space where they can find specific materials for production and a chance at mentoring and professional advice. Space like 360Creative Hub.

360Creative Hub is the first fashion co-working space in Lagos. Situated in the heart of Surulere at NO 34 Ajao Road off Olufemi Street off Ogunlana drive Surulere, it is home to a dozen of fashion designers who need an affordable space with all the needed machinery that can make work easy and creativity grand.

“360Creative Hub is focused on promoting the development and consolidation of fashion companies” – Blessing Achu CEO Creative Hub

As in all co-working space, 360 Creative Hub gives fashion entrepreneurs, access to their own private space where they can dream and imagine designs with the co-factoring section where, they will find all the specific machine they need for production, creating and building their passion.

360Creative Hub is a creative and collaborative co-working space dedicated to the fashion industry. Our collective space provides a platform for brands and fashion-focused individuals to come together to work, collaborate, converse, and ultimately, achieve their dreams. We believe in coming together and building a dynamic, fashion-focused community where work and play, is the motto of the day.

When creating 360Creative Hub, our passion was to provide more than just a workspace, we wanted to foster a truly unique collective community where fashion entrepreneurs can grow healthy and wiser. We will be hosting programs and classes featuring the industry’s most experienced speakers, educators, and experts. Catering to the left and right side of the brain, to help strike the balance between creativity and business – Blessing Achu

The goal is to provide the equilibrium needed to grow a business and to create a world of fashion. 360Creative Space is unique because it provides graduates and emerging designers with not just a collaborative workspace but a vibrant network of fashion specialists (such as pattern makers, illustrators, and machinists) as well as fashion partners (such as advertising, marketing, graphic designers and accountants).

This complete end-to-end service at designers fingertips is a first-to-market fashion house ensuring designers are supported all the way, through the fashion ecosystem – including getting their collections to market.

Take a Tour of our Facility here