Fashion design sketches are illustrated drawings that are created during the process of designing fashion apparel or accessories. A design sketch is typically one of the earliest steps toward creating clothing or accessories.

While some designers choose to start their sketches from scratch, many use a “croquis” that serves as a template of a model on paper. Using a croquis as the base of a design can assist in creating a consistent aesthetic for a design sketch collection. Many designers create an inspiration board to aid in their fashion design sketches, referencing a collage as a way to become inspired and maintain consistency within their drawings.

While some designers prefer to use only pencils and paper for a traditional approach to sketching, others use the computer to print templates to aid in the design sketching process.