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Wedding Dress Designer

Wedding Dress Designer

Description:  A wedding dress designer is a fashion designer that specializes in the design and creation of wedding dresses. Wedding dress designers can work for fashion companies or independently.

Knowledge Required: Fashion designers possess the ability to draw and sew, and are well versed in computer-aided design software. They are also required to have knowledge of pattern-making and graphic design software. Strong business, communication and marketing skills are needed to promote designs and the business.

Skills: Creativity, mathematics, analytical skills, communication, critical-thinking and problem solving

Career Path:  Although postsecondary education is not required for fashion designers, many take classes or earn a 2-year or 4-year degree in a related field, such as art, product design, or fashion merchandising. A strong portfolio of design ideas is critical for finding employment. A degree in fashion design will encompass sewing techniques, bridal design, marketing and sales skills.

Best Cities for this job: San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles, CA; New York City, NY

Median Annual Income: National: $62,860 ; CA: $46,992

Future Growth: The best place for Bridal Designers to find work is at a large fashion design company. Independent designers also have success opening their own shops. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, employment in fashion design is expected to decline 3% from 2014-2022. Opportunities may exist for those who can create custom or high-end wedding dresses.

From the field: “The best part is that something you created is bringing somebody happiness.” – Trish Lee

Did You Know?: Most wedding dress designers become couturiers (fashion designers who make original garments for private clients) because bridal gowns are generally the most expensive and the most elaborate to create.

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