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Long before a piece of couture makes its runway debut, the design begins in a fashion sketchbook. Fashion sketching propels a designer’s ideas from page to creation. The first step in this process is called a “croquis”—a quick sketch of a human body that serves as the template for a piece of clothing or outfit.


What Is Croquis in Fashion?

Croquis means “sketch” in French. In the world of fashion design, a croquis is a quick sketch of a fashion figure. The word can also refer to the practice of drawing live models. Croquis drawings are minimalist in style and serve as a blank canvas for drawing clothing.