Arguably, the dress is the most important thing to a bride, aside from marrying the person of her dreams of course! The United States boasts a vibrant and diverse bridal fashion industry, filled with talented designers who create breathtaking masterpieces for brides-to-be. In this article, we showcase the crème de la crème of the bridal world, presenting the 15 best bridal designers in the USA who have redefined wedding fashion with their creativity, craftsmanship, and attention to detail. From timeless elegance to contemporary glamour, these designers have earned their esteemed positions by consistently delivering awe-inspiring designs that make dreams come true.
Based in New York, Cuccilelli Shaheen was founded in 2016 by creative partners Anthony Cucculellii and Anna Rose Shaheen. This creative duo met while working at Diane Von Furstenburg’s West Village studio and their professional synthesis started from there. Their bridal designs are intricate, daring, and unique, while still being tasteful, elegant, and stylish. The new line, Alucinato, features bold patterns and intricate beadwork on dresses suitable for every style of bride and type of wedding.
Danielle Frankel finds endless inspiration in celebration. Danielle Hirsch, the lead designer, creates designs that fuse traditional and modern aesthetics to create iconic pieces that appeal to a bride’s wildest desires. Proudly made in New York’s Garment District, dresses from Danielle Frankel combine intricacy with simplicity to create an unexpected take on bridalwear.
Elizabeth Fillmore designs pieces for the sexy, feminine, romantic, poetic, confident, and modern kind of bride. On her website, she says “My designs are for an ever-evolving client that grows as fashion changes, whilst remaining effortlessly elegant.” Her new collection, Bijoux, features beaded tulle, silk and satins to create an ethereal vision. Pops of lace, feathers, and differing dress lengths and necklines, Bijoux is a modern work of art.
Katharine Polk, the founder of Houghton in 2011, now leads the brand towards a new direction, placing women's needs and bodies at the forefront. With a focus on sustainability, Houghton offers a wide range of styles, from understated to intricate, catering to brides of all sizes, from 00 to 30+. Drawing inspiration from over 28 collection archives, the Houghton DNA is infused into every aspect of their designs. Katharine's impressive portfolio includes designing for notable celebrities such as Hailey Bieber, Lily Collins, and Jennifer Lopez, while her work has graced the pages of renowned fashion publications like Vogue, WWD, and Brides.
Ethically made in California, KAMPERETT is a modern womenswear label created by Anna Chiu and Valerie Santillo. Their design aesthetic is a combination of effortless chic and femininity. They design pieces for the modern discerning woman. Anna and Valeria work with silk, satin, and organza for their bridal looks and the end result is a collection that feels soft and feminine while still communicating confidence and a self-assured sensuality that every bride wants on their wedding day.
Katherine Tash, known for her expertise in evening gown design, seamlessly transitioned her career into creating exquisite wedding gowns. Having gained experience with renowned luxury brands in Los Angeles, Katherine launched her own bridal wear line in 2018. Committed to her philosophy, each Katherine Tash wedding gown is thoughtfully crafted in Los Angeles using sustainable practices, employing a team of skilled local artisans. The collections showcase opulent silk fabrics and effortlessly elegant silhouettes, capturing the essence of the contemporary woman.
Designed by Meredith Stoecklein, LEIN Studio specializes in impactful pieces. The LEIN Studio offering may not be as vast as some of the other designers on this list, but they embody the ‘quality over quantity’ debate. The latest LEIN Studio design the Wool Button Mini Dress is perfect for nostalgic brides who want a classic, fashion-forward aesthetic fused with a modern and chic design. The mini length makes the dress unique and the impactful buttons down the front speak to a 1950s classic inspiration. Worn with a bridal headband and a fascinator veil, the Wool Button Mini Dress is the epitome of what it means to be a modern nostalgic bride.
Markarian was founded in 2017 by Alexandra O'Neill. Named after the Markarian galaxies, O'Neill’s pieces are made to order and thoughtfully designed to create as little waste as possible. Since its creation in 2017, Markarian has quickly become a well-respected brand worn by a range of celebrities including Lizzo, Kate Hudson, Kerry Washington, and Priyanka Chopra. Markarian’s bridal offerings feature a range of hemlines, silhouettes, fabric choices, and embellishments. Here you’ll find floral appliqué mini dresses, scalloped white lace wedding coats, sequin and feather wrap dresses, and bridal separates. A Markarian bride is a fashion-forward individual who aspires to be anything but ordinary.
As a designer of ‘fashion art to wear,' creator Toni Maticevski has created a brand that speaks to a vision of feminine desires and beauty. To Toni, fashion is not simply what you wear, but who you become and how you see yourself when you wear something you love. MATICEVSKI bridal designs do not feature lace, embroidery, or embellishments, but instead, use the highest-quality fabrics to allow the natural female form to shine.
Naeem Khan, a renowned fashion designer situated in the heart of New York City's fashion district, draws inspiration from his upbringing in Mumbai, where he was exposed to a rich tapestry of culture, art, and design. Starting as an apprentice to the celebrated designer Halston, Khan honed his skills in draping and fabric cutting to create a timeless and sophisticated aesthetic. Since launching his own collection in 2003, Khan's exquisite designs have graced the likes of influential figures such as Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and the Duchess of Cambridge, solidifying his global presence with his Ready-to-Wear and Bridal collections sold in over 150 retail outlets worldwide.
NDS the Label
According to the website, NDS the Label stands for “meticulous craftsmanship, striking details, modern silhouettes, and elevated fabrics”. This is evident in their designs. The brand was founded by Nadia Bundziak from Ukraine, and she has built the brand’s reputation ever since. Nadia’s designs fuse structure with fluidity and feminine with masculine to create an unapologetic line of exquisitely designed bridal pieces. We love the touches of glamor and sparkle as seen in the fingerless gloves with jewel and pearl embellishments and the bandeau corset with crystal chain detailing.
The designer behind the NEWHITE brand is Juliette Kim. With a passion for creating modern bridalwear for a new generation of brides, Juliette’s vision for bridalwear stems from cutting-edge construction. NEWHITE does bridal differently. The NEWHITE team believes that the shopping experience should be as special as the dress itself which is why they offer innovative solutions for their custom-made styles. Juliette uses premium fabrics and traditional tailoring to create works of fashion art.
Reev Bridal creates minimalist and modern dresses, capes, separates, and jumpsuits for the perfect bridal look. The designs combine an unconventional style which is softened by clean lines, refined silhouettes, and a fusion of modern and nostalgic. Reev Bridal’s charms sit in the smaller details. We love the button detailing on the Mathilde dress, the exposed boning on the Gaia dress, the draped sleeves and open back of the Sophie dress, and the figure-hugging design of the Aurora dress.
Sarah Seven’s Before line features bridalwear that celebrates the best attributes of any bride. Whether it’s a figure-fitting bridal suit that you’re searching for, a classic midi dress with a pop of sex appeal, or a daring backless jumpsuit, Before by Sarah Sevens has what you’re looking for. The Before line also features a range of bridal accessories designed to perfectly accompany your chosen Before by Sarah Seven bridalwear design. This accessory line includes beautifully crafted veils, expertly tailored capes, and exquisitely designed earrings.
Vera Wang is a world-renowned bridal designer who has made a lasting impact on the fashion industry. With a background in figure skating and a passion for design, she launched her own bridal wear line in 1990. Known for her innovative and sophisticated designs, Vera Wang's wedding gowns are celebrated for their intricate details, luxurious fabrics, and impeccable craftsmanship, making her a go-to choice for many brides seeking timeless elegance on their special day.