Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Forecasting: Fashion & Trends

http://fitnyc.libguides.com/forecasting

See the Trend Services tab on this Research guide for access and logon instructions to the above databases. 

Where to find: Flats

Definition: flats (technical flats, tech sketches, flat drawings, flat sketches) - Specialized two-dimensional drawings, drawn to scale, that may show design details and include sewing and construction information; black & white drawing of garment as if laid flat. (from Technical Sourcebook for Designers and Designers Nexus)

Sketch of a dress

Flats can be found in the following databases (FIT username & password required):

WGSN (Fashion)  : 

  • From Menu, select 'Design Resources' and then under 'Design Components' select > 'CADS/Flats'   Refine your choices by Category, Market, Classification, Keywords, and/or Season/Month.  OR
  • From Menu, select a 'Fashion categories' (such as Womenswear); then, by season, 'Future Trends' to find flats in 'Key items' and 'Design Development' sections as well as under 'Product Development'.  OR
  • Use the search box to find flats:  type in search term (e.g. bra) and change drop-down from 'All Content' to 'Image & Design Library'.  Perform search and then 'refine search'  under Category to 'Flats Library'

Doneger  :

  • Select 'Publications' tab; then 'Design Workshop'

Fashion Snoops :

  • Select Graphic Library:
    • Select 'Sketches' and 'Click to view.' Scroll down to view or Refine search, if desired, with 'Market', 'Sketch type', 'Related keywords.'
    • OR set 'Search for' to 'Sketches' and add search term for item (e.g. bra); note that you can refine your search by 'Market', 'Sketch type', or 'Related keywords'.  OR
  • Select tab for category (e.g. 'Women')
    • Select tab for 'Sketches' (works for most categories)

Remember to cite your source, whether it's for an image or text. For help, see the Citing Sources: MLA Research Guide.

Where to find: Moodboards

Definition: Mood boards, storyboards, scrapbooks - consisting of a collage on an actual or virtual board including any or all of color/palette selections, material swatches or photos, runway photos,  flats, silhouettes, sketches, mood images, etc., organized around a season and/or theme.

Use the following databases to create online moodboards (FIT username & password required).

Fashion Snoops :

  • Select 'Create' and log into your Fashion Snoops account. First time users: select 'Create your ID' to create personal username and password.  Use your FIT email address as your username.
  • Select 'My Projects' and 'Start a new project'
Have a question or comment about these guides? Contact: libraryreference@fitnyc.edu