My name is Jennifer Young and I'm a wedding dress designer. I've been designing wedding dresses for about two years. What the dresses try to convey is a Californian laid back relaxed sort of aesthetic and, at the same time, it's vintage inspired, but really not like a costume.
Ever since I was a kid, my mom would help me make my clothes. We would go to the fabric store and I would get to pick out the fabric and the buttons and the trims. At the end of the day I had something so special and different, and I put my heart and soul into it.
My daily responsibilities vary so much. At a certain period in time I might be focusing on design. I will start with sketching and I'll look at fabric and I'll start sketching different ideas based on what I'm inspired by. I work with brides and I do their fittings. So before I even see the bride in their actually fitting I will do their pattern drafting and, when you make a dress, there's a blueprint almost and you have to alter that blueprint. Its really a pattern to fit a bride's measurements and different requirements. I really love to hear brides different stories and how they came to pick this dress or that one, and what their wedding is going to be like, because I just like knowing what inspires people today.
As a wedding dress designer in Aberdeen, you do have to work with suppliers and vendors. So, imagine you know when you're designing a dress and you're thinking, well, I want to make a dress in silk crape ! You have to find the right crape, find the right maker of this fabric and review samples before you actually order a roll of this fabric. I actually went to the University of California at Berkeley and I pursued finance and marketing. I thought, ultimately, I would work for anotherfashion retail company at first and learn behind the scenes. Things like, what goes on in merchandising and marketing and and how to operate a fashion business. I really highly recommend working for someone, else because you're learning on someone else's time and you learn from their mistakes as well as their successes.
The most important skill that I use now is how to build relationships with people through communicating. Being able to communicate effectively what your ideas are and what your vision is for this, I think that's one of the best skills you can have. Students in high school should really remember when you care about the way you present yourself. It means you'll care about the product that you give them later. I get to see people so happy wearing something I created. And it means so much to them and I'm a part of their day, without really being there. And , I think that's the best part, is something that you created is bringing somebody happiness.