The career path to becoming a bridal designer is a well-worn one with many famous wedding dress designers fulfilling a long-held ambition.
This means they have taken fashion design courses, probably at degree level, and then being employed by a fashion or clothing manufacturer and then specialising in one area of the work such as footwear, children’s wear or accessories.
This often proves to be invaluable experience before designing wedding dresses since they may get the opportunity to design their own creations or will be given a brief by their employer to work towards which will give them a good grounding in budgeting and using colours and fabrics.
The career path may see them working as a fashion designer for a high street chain, for instance, where the garments will be mass manufactured, often overseas and help bring an understanding of seasonal trends and patterns – again this will help when creating wedding dresses.
Also, working for a high street retailer will illustrate how celebrity catwalks can influence the fashion designing process and give excellent experience of working with the media and understanding the commercial needs in the design process.
Wedding dress designers have established themselves
Other wedding dress designers have established themselves after gaining experience with a ready to wear outlet where the designs are produced in fairly small numbers and in haute couture which sees lots of time given to producing one-off garments to help create a ‘look’ for a fashion house.
Along the way, the fashion designer will pick up experience in visualising and creating an idea and then producing a design with a computer aided design tool or by hand which will be of great help when working in a bridal shop to gain more experience.
They will also learn how to plan and develop a fashion range and to work with buyers and others in the design team which is invaluable experience for designer wedding dresses.
However, working for a fashion retailer or even a bridal shop will help build an understanding of fashion trends and how this relates to shapes, colours as well as fabrics in wedding dresses.
Brides wanting wedding dresses
Many fashion designers also become involved in the sourcing and then selecting of fabrics and learning how to adjust their design for brides wanting wedding dressesso it can be mass produced and they may also get to oversee production and negotiate with suppliers and customers.
All these are helpful elements when it comes to landing a job as a bridal designer for a well-known fashion name or if the designer wants to strike out on their own as a wedding dress designer.
Many creators of designer wedding dresses also have qualifications in textiles and many have experience with a bridal boutique and then devouring the many wedding magazines and websites to keep abreast of the latest fashion designs.
For anyone looking to become a bridal designer needs to appreciate that this is a popular area of fashion and competition for designer jobs will be fierce though the rewards and job satisfaction in creating wedding dresses will make the efforts needed to achieve this position well worth it.