Wedding and Ceremony Dresses Design

Continuing Study Programs - Barcelona

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The Intensive Postgraduate in Wedding and Ceremony Dresses Design grew out of a real demand from the industry for specialists in bridal and evening gown design and making. The fashion and textile industries are two of the cultural and economic powerhouses of European society, from the luxury sector to mass distribution.

It should also be remembered that Barcelona has a tradition of Haute Couture, with a large number of companies and professionals dedicated to creating and making this type of clothing, so that the master’s course offers its students the vast experience of these specialists. It also provides direct contacts with companies, designers and couturiers.

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  • Start date
    January 2020
  • Duration
    6 months
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The Postgraduate course offers students the tools needed to enter this sector's professional world, giving them an overview of the companies and professionals that create custom-designed gowns. The students, who already have the basics of dressmaking and design, will be able to apply this knowledge to the luxury sector.

They will also study specific materials, acquire skills for constructing lines and special volumes, be introduced to the types of ceremonies and events they may have to deal with, and also learn the types of accessories that lend an air of distinction to the concept of a gown (flowers, shoes, bags, headdresses. etc.)


The Intensive postgraduate course combines theoretical and practical classes. The students have access to the sewing rooms outside class hours so that they can practise what they have learned in the theoretical classes and specialist tutorials.

The programme includes a final project in partnership with leading companies, in which the students present a concept for a collection, with sketches. 

For the final show, the students will decide on the entire styling to accompany their projects and produce a professional presentation.

Skills Learned

At the end of the Intensive Postgraduate course, the students will have acquired a knowledge of:

- Developing a complete bridal collection design project for a brand or their own brand

- Choosing the fabrics that are or can be used for bridal and formal gowns, using specific technical knowledge

- Defining the type of wardrobe for each event or function and the structure of wedding and party dresses

- Creating lines and volumes by draping fabric directly on a mannequin

- Defining the general styling for a collection and matching the accessories to the general concept

Student's profile

Graduates with degrees in fashion and professionals who wish to specialise in the world of bridal gown design and the luxury sector.

Career Opportunities

At the end of the Postgraduate course, students will have an overview of all that pertains to the sector, so that they can specialise in the different areas touched on by the course and work as a:

- Bridal gown designer for prêt-à-porter and haute couture companies

- Designer for their own brand, marketing it dependently.

- Designer of accessories for the bridal sector.

- Dressmaker, working for another designer.



Vice-President of ModaFAD Barcelona and Scientific Director of IED Barcelona. Degree in Law from the Universidad Central de Barcelona, degree in Public Relations from the Universidad Central de Barcelona and historian of 20th century fashion. Her passion for accessories led her to create her own brand, Efectos Especiales. She also has extensive experience in design and production for designers such as Antonio Miró, Josep Abril, Roser Marce and Sibilla. Her fame in the world of fashion has allowed her to collaborate with the communications media. She was responsible for the Fashion section of MagMagazine on TV3, a pioneering programme devoted to fashion, as well as being a regular contributor to Marie Claire magazine, El País newspaper and RNE radio.She has also been a member of the jury for a number of awards, including the Premios Barcelona ES Moda, Prix Marie, Premios ModaFAD and Premios Enjoia’t.


Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Fashion Design from the University of Southampton through the Escola d´Arts i Tècniques de la Moda in Barcelona and a Master’s Course in Fashion Design from the Domus Academy in Milan.

Since 1994, he has been Creative Director, together with his partner Olga R. Menchén, for their house: Menchén Tomàs. Menchén Tomàs designs, produces and makes its own women's Prêt-à-Porter, Party and Bridal collections. The collections are distributed through their network of points of sale in Barcelona, Madrid, Seville and Zaragoza and in stores in the USA, France, Russia, Japan, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. His collections are shown on the 080 Barcelona Fashion catwalks and he is a member of the Spanish Fashion Creators Association (ACME).

In recent years, Francesc Grau Tomàs has also been the product director for the Josep Font label, coordinator and designer of the women's collections for the Antonio Miró company, and designer for the footwear and leather accessories lines of Diego della Valle, TOD'S and HOGAN in Italy.

Companies that have collaborated with the postgraduate:

In order to ensure that the students can carry out their Final Projects in a real work situation.

Gratacós has been a pioneer in the production of haute couture textiles since 1940. A story marked by passion and dedication to a job. A story that speaks about handicraft, research, beauty, creativity and a belief in your own ideas.

Its textiles travel the world: Barcelona, New York, Madrid, Milan. Wherever there is fashion, they can be found. 


Duration and frequency

Start: January 16th 2020
Frequency: 6 months
Timetable: Tuesday to Thursday + alternate Friday, from 18.30h to 22.40h

* The educational planning for all IED Master courses is aligned with the criteria established by the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). The IED Master program has adopted a credit structure that follows the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The IED Master issues private degrees.