How to become a wedding dress designer: Deborah's story

Meet Deborah and learn more about life as a wedding dress designer and business owner. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

Being a business owner is kind of like having the job role of 20 different people.

  • Deborah knew from a young age that she wanted to do something creative. She was always sketching and drawing and chose creative subjects including Music and Art at secondary school
  • She studied Fashion Design and was inspired by working part-time in a bridal shop to open her own wedding dress business
  • She now runs her own bridal business. She draws dresses and sends the sketches off to be made into dresses before displaying them in her shop. She loves her work and loves helping people to find their perfect wedding dress.

A similar role to Deborah's is a fashion designer. Fashion designers design clothing and fashion ranges.

What to expect if you want to be a fashion designer

  • Fashion designer salary: Variable ranging from £20,000 to £80,000 per year
  • Fashion designer working hours: 40 to 42 per week

What qualifications do you need to be a fashion designer?

  • Typical entry requirements: To get a job like Deborah’s, you can do a university or college course such as a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a subject like Fashion Design, Art and Design or Textiles. You should look for a course that covers both design and technical skills to get the practical knowledge needed by the industry. You may be able to do an advanced apprenticeship in fashion and textiles and work as an assistant in a design studio. You could then develop your design skills on the job.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

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