Where to Design Your Own Prom Dress Online

Michele Meleen
Prom Dresses

Prom is the perfect opportunity to show off your personality and personal style. Impress your friends this year by using online options to create a unique prom dress that is exactly how you want it. Be assured, no one will look like you at this year's prom.


The Design Studio by Dornink allows you to customize everything from bodice shape to fabric type. Based out of Des Moines, Iowa, Dornink's dresses start around $200. Once in the design studio, you will see a photo of a model in the center of the screen. This is where each option you select will be displayed. The first option is the style, color, and fabric for the top of your dress. Choose from:

  • 30 bodice style options
  • Six fabric types including chiffon, satin, and silk dupioni
  • At least 30 color choices in each fabric type

Next, you can choose from three waist styles and seven skirt styles. Finally, you have the option to add on details like flowers, brooches, and a sash. As you build your dream dress the price indicator in the bottom corner of your screen gives an estimated price range for your creation. Once you are satisfied with your dress, you have the option to save it for later, email it to someone else, or request a price quote.

The team at Dornink suggests ordering your custom gown 12-16 weeks before prom to make sure it gets to you on time. The easy to use Design Studio and affordable price range make Dornink a great option for custom prom dresses. The only major drawback here is the limited skirt styles available.

Olivia Luca

Dress designer Olivia Luca offers girls the chance to create a custom prom dress with her Design Studio. To start, the studio offers a brief tutorial about how the process works. Once you are ready, you will be asked to select a skin tone that most closely matches yours. You will see a sketch of a woman on the left side of the screen where all changes will be displayed. After each selection simply click 'Next' to move on to another choice. There are many options available, including:

  • Over 30 options of bodice style
  • Around 20 skirt shape options
  • 25 kinds of fabrics - with price range listed next to each, click on the fabric link to see images of every fabric
  • Nearly 100 colors
  • Options for details such as sash styles, colors, and fabrics

The price of your custom creation is calculated and displayed after each step allowing you to go back and make changes if budget is a concern. You can save multiple dresses in your personal Dressing Room and print them out to show your friends and family. Prices start around $300 for these one-of-kind prom dresses. The designer recommends placing your order at least 12 weeks in advance.


Lunss Custom Couture offers Custom Designs to help every girl feel beautiful and comfortable on prom night. The process for designing your dress with this website is a bit labor intensive on your part. To start, you must register an account with Lunss. Next, you will be asked to provide detailed information about your dream dress. This can include inspirational photos, pins from Pinterest, hand drawings, and completing a questionnaire. To help you prepare Lunss offers a variety of online tools such as:

  • A color chart showcases five fabric types with 30 color choices for each fabric
  • Tips for how to take your measurements
  • A size chart with detailed sizing information based on measurements
  • The 'Knowledge' tab provides detailed information about silhouettes, necklines, and lace patterns
  • A blog with tips and inspiration

Once you have submitted the initial information about your custom design, you will have a personal online consultation with a designer. This is where all the details will be ironed out. Finally, you will place your order. During the process, you may receive sketches and photos from the designer of your actual dress. Custom prom dresses range from $100-$1000 according to the customer service representative available on the live chat feature. You can expect to receive your dress about 60 days after your design is finalized.

Aspiring designers and girls who know exactly what they want down to the last detail will love the Lunss Custom Design option.

Tulle and Chantilly

Tulle and Chantilly offers customized prom dresses at an affordable price, with dresses starting around $100. The process starts when you select a gown from their collection. Once you choose a dress that fits the style and fabric you are looking for there will be options to customize it. You can choose your ideal color and size from the listed options. To make additional changes you can use the 'Add Remark' section. This is where you can ask for changes to the dress such as:

  • Adding or removing sleeves
  • Adding or removing embellishments and details
  • Changing the length

With over 150 dress styles and more than 100 colors to choose from, this easy-to-use format allows for simple customization. Delivery can take up to 35 days from the receipt of your order. The design team suggests ordering four months in advance for custom dresses.

Design Tips

If you choose to design your prom dress it is important to plan ahead and have a clear vision. Most custom design websites adhere to an "all sales are final" approach because of the unique nature of your dress. To ensure your vision is realized:

  • Start thinking about what your dream dress looks like at least six months before prom.
  • Have measurements taken by a professional dressmaker or seamstress.
  • Look for inspiration in stores to get a feel for fabrics.
  • Try on dresses in person to find a style that suits your body type.
  • Sketch or collect pictures for inspiration.
  • Create a clear description of every detail for your dream dress.

Dreams Come to Life

Designing your prom dress can feel like a dream come true. If you have the vision and confidence, any dress you dream up can be made with the help of modern technology.

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Where to Design Your Own Prom Dress Online