Fashion schools are great if you can afford them. These schools all offer financial aid that will help you out. However, if attending school is not possible you can learn at home. There are all kinds of resources available. The Internet for one, books, and watching the number one hit show about fashion. If you like to draw, sew and make or alter patterns, this is the right profession for you.
1.Look at fashion magazines for the latest trends in couture. Attend fashion shows and collect books on fashion.
2.Go to the fabric store and pick fabric swatches that you like and which inspire you. Attach swatches to your sketch and take notes regarding accessories and other embellishments.
3.Design the gown on paper and then decide on a dress pattern. There are pattern books that you can study to make your own patterns, or buy a pattern and change it's design.