So, you have a dress style in mind and you have chosen to go the custom made route, but how do you choose which designer is to make your dream dress?
In Cape Town we are blessed with many talented bridal and Matric Ball dress designers,so as a client you are spoilt for choice. Here are some tips on how to choose your dress designer:
Te first place I would start when looking for the right designer for you, is on their website and social media sites. Look at their work and choose a designer who's design style resonates with you. Are you an all out bling girl who wants ALL the bells and whistles, or are you someone who favours the more simple, understated and classic look? Go through different designers portfolio's and you should be able to see quite quickly if their designs resonate with who you are. Select 2 or three who you really like and make appointments to meet with them to discuss your ideas.
Do they “get” you
At the consultation try to be as clear as possible about what you're looking for. Allow the designer to guide you with their experience, but you need to feel at the end that your designer “get's” you. Be sure that the designer understands the feel that you're going for and you must not feel that they are trying to push you into a different direction because that is their style. Be careful to discuss all elements of the dress in the consultation including fabrication. Are you looking for heavy stiff fabrics, r do you want the dress to be light and floaty? Be sure to discuss this with the designer and make sure they are on the same page. After the consultation go with your gut, if you felt like they didn't really see your vision and were trying to mould you into their vision, move on!
During your fitting, take note of the quality of the garments you try on. Dresses might be a bit tired,as they are samples that have been tried on by a few people, but watch that they have still been constructed in a quality fashion.
It IS personal
A factor shouldn’t be overlooked, is that of personality. You are going to be spending quite a bit of time with your designer and the process is quite a personal one. It's really important that you feel comfortable with them. Be sure that this is someone with whom you feel comfortable to reveal yourself to, and I don't just mean by getting changed. Our insecurities may come up in the process and you need to be able to be open with your designer about how you're feeling. Choose someone you feel you could be friends with, as if you choose correctly, you will be by the end of it!
Finally, if you're at all unsure, look or ask for references. This is always a good bet if uncertain.
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