CAREER PATHS / NOV. 03, 2016
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Tips to Become a Wedding Dress Designer

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There are lots of reasons why someone would want to become a wedding dress designer since they are helping to deliver a fantastic gown for a bride’s big day.

However, lots of people would love to design wedding dresses for a living, and while a degree in fashion, art or textiles will help because these courses deliver lots of formal training they don't always deliver the business skills that are necessary.

While there is a growing demand for designer wedding dresses the market is dominated by famous names and manufacturers who have worked hard to achieve their position.

This doesn't mean that there is no room for new up-and-coming wedding dress designers since the market is large and even high street chains have got in on the act with low-budget designer dresses.

Create Impressive and Stylish Wedding Dress Designs

Anyone wanting to enter the market should have a real desire to create impressive and stylish wedding dress designs and help deliver them for brides to stand out on their special day.

They will also need to understand how to create shapes and use fabrics effectively.

This is why many of those who have succeeded in the industry will say that formal qualifications are not as important as a real skill in pattern cutting which is a hands-on skill that is appreciated in boutiques and by designers alike.

It's also worthwhile asking various designers for their advice and whether it's possible to get work experience alongside them. Working in a designer’s boutique will give them a range of experiences from the beginning to the end of the wedding dress design process.

Learning How to Fit and Alter Wedding Dresses

You need to learn how to fit and alter wedding dresses including the basics of fitting linings and boning.

It's also a good idea to pick up experience in a retail outlet that has a range of designer dresses. This will develop a person’s selling and communication skills which are useful experiences to have.

In addition to all these practical and retail skills, it is essential that wedding dress designers are sympathetic when dealing with brides since many may be confused or emotional about the style and type of wedding dress they are looking for.

Many of these clients will be relying on the designer to deliver something that suits their body shape and meets their budget while impressing their wedding guests.

The Long Hours

There are other aspects too that someone wanting to become a wedding dress designer need to appreciate and that is the long hours that are involved, lots of weekend working and having to deal with clients who are demanding and critical.

The path to designing wedding gowns is not an easy one but the rewards and enjoyment for those who are willing to work hard to develop their talents and skills will find a career that is long-lasting and fulfilling.

Have you ever dreamt of becoming a wedding dress designer? Hopefully, these tips can help you? Let us know in the comments section below…

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