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.View more Day in the Life videos »