Let’s Start From The Very Beginning, A Very Good Place To Start : The Nine Head Fashion Croquis

In fashion drawing the focus in on the clothes. which we wish to present in as beautiful and appealing a way as possible.  The figure is always present under the clothes- it is the underlying foundation that gives clothes their shape, and must itself be beautiful and striking to display the clothes to best effect.  The figure that is used in fashion drawing is one that is a little different from the natural figure: it is an idealized figure, with longer legs, thinner hips and torso and a slightly smaller head.  Using this long, thinner figure makes the clothes appear larger and more dramatic.

Using the length of the head as a measurement of one unit the fashion figure is nine heads.



For more information and guidance on drawing please refer to 9 Heads 4th edition, Colors For Fashion and Face Fashion.  Remember to  practice, practice, practice with a 9 Heads Women Notebook. And don’t forget that you can personally ask Nancy Riegelman and her staff of fashion illustrators your questions!  SHOP




  • Anne July 1, 2015 at 1:34 am

    I Want know more details about this

    • Fashion Finishing School July 16, 2016 at 10:50 am

      Hi Anne,

      Thank you for your interest! Be sure to check our our Fashion Finishing Store where we have a selection of books that you’ll find very helpful in learning fashion design and fashion drawing. We recommend you check out 9 heads and Face Fashion!

    • Hollie November 7, 2016 at 5:12 pm

      Most help articles on the web are inaccurate or inehecront. Not this!

  • Foco de Mulher September 16, 2015 at 2:37 pm


  • Barth February 3, 2016 at 10:57 am

    I like this, I want to learn more about fashion designing.

    • wpEno July 16, 2016 at 10:43 am

      Hi Barth,

      Thank you for the feedback. We’re excited to hear that you’d like to learn more! Make sure to check out our Fashion Finishing Store where we have a selection of books we think you’ll find useful in learning fashion design. We recommend 9 Heads, Face Fashion, and Colors for Fashion.

  • Rosalie Perkins January 27, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    I would love to know more

  • Zohra February 13, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Hey thank you for this article it was so helpful may I ask how long should be the head in normal thanks


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