Design and Build a Portfolio with Me
Disclaimer-All these pictures in this post are some of my work and other designer's work as well.
You must be wondering, what is Portfolio Design all about and is it really important for students pursuing design, fashion or styling?
While my flux wasn’t smooth into the fashion field as I was pretty clueless about where do I start from, I had to figure things out on my own. At that point in time, some Universities or Colleges asked me for a Portfolio and that’s how they checked my level of creativity and talent inbuilt in me.
In today’s world, having a portfolio has become mandatory.
A portfolio is a visual collection of records that reflect your accomplishments, skills, experiences, and attributes. It highlights and showcases samples of some of your best work, along with life experiences, skills and creativity level. The work that you incorporate into your portfolio can greatly reflect on your calibre as an individual as well as become a useful tool in marketing yourself to employers, colleges and universities. A portfolio does not take the place of a resume, but it can accentuate your abilities and what you can offer in the chosen field.
It is a useful tool to include in a college interview. It provides tangible proof of your skills and abilities and demonstrates to the interviewer that you are qualified for that specific fashion course.
I’ve been in the position to help students prepare portfolios, as well as evaluate prospective students’ portfolios. And this process are not only applicable to student’s preparing portfolios to join fashion courses abroad or here, they are also relevant to graduates looking for fashion jobs or just to unwind and find a creative side of you.
A good portfolio is a fundamental tool for a fashion aspirant. And not to forget, a good digital version of your portfolio is also very important since we live in the digital age. This needs to be slightly different than your hard copy, as some things can’t be represented the same in both formats.
Most universities want to see the process in which a person goes through to get to their final result, as that is the main part of the role in most fashion jobs. So with design portfolios, I make sure to show a journal that has research, development, experimentation and more.
Schools and companies are not only accepting/hiring you based on your work; they are also making an investment in you as a person. And so if you are good at other creative things, then that will always be a plus.
When people look at portfolios, they are usually in some type of recruitment process and will be exposed to a lot of work, which is why you need to make your work stand out from the rest.
This is fashion, it is ALL ABOUT presentation! You can’t ignore this. Layouts need to be REMARKABLE.
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