How a collection is born, Part 2

Last week we looked at how Elbeth gathers her inspiration for a particular collection. Elbeth shared her thoughts on the whole concept of originality and the undeniable influence of the images and designs available to us online. (Catch up on last week’s post.) Today we pick up where we left off.


STAFF: After you’ve gathered your inspiration and mulled over your ideas, what’s the next thing you do?

ELBETH: The next phase in the process is fun and creative. I gather bits and pieces of inspiration and create a mood board that ties it all together.

STAFF: So, do you actually cut out pictures and paste them onto a piece of cardboard?

ELBETH: No, not anymore. I do it all virtually; I’m quite a whiz with Photoshop! But it’s still a creative, grounding process because the process itself forces you to find the thread that will pull through the whole collection.


Mood board for the Luxury Collection


STAFF: What’s the purpose of a mood board – how does it help you?

ELBETH: A mood board captures the essence of the general look-and-feel – the mood – we want to create for the collection. It’s the anchor I refer back to when designing each gown so that the collections forms a story.


Mood boards are handy tools that anyone can use! For example, if you’re planning a special birthday bash, especially one that makes use of several vendors or friends, a mood board is a great way to get a team on the same page, especially if not everyone is visually oriented. Or use a mood board as a way to collect and showcase ideas that you’ve pulled together from all over the internet.

If you’re looking for some great online tools, we’re a great fan of PicMonkey, and GoMoodBoard also has some beautiful ideas.

Next week, we’ll be putting pen to paper…