Brides spend a lot of time searching for the dream wedding gown. And the reason is obvious. The perfect dress should not only fit you nicely, but also complement your personality and style. Not sure where to look for the best gowns? Well, we are here to help. Below, we’ve rounded up top bridal designers whose collections feature both classic and contemporary dresses.
Based in Victoria, Aboutphaedra honors the handmade process within a contemporary aesthetic. The brand is the imagining of designer Emma-Jane Christie, who draws from the natural world and its many textures. She creates unique, deeply emotive pieces that are sensual to the touch. A vivid advocate for sustainability and ethics, Emma-Jane makes one dress at a time in her home studio. Her process is responsible, respectful, and slow.
Ashi Studio, founded in 2007 in Beirut by designer Mohammed Ashi, has established itself as a luxurious fashion house, catering to a distinct clientele. Ashi is known for making stunning couture pieces with sharp cut shapes and intricate details that capture the essence of luxury. His bold use of colours, feathers, ruffles, pleats, sequins, and embroidery make his pieces true works of art. Ashi Studio has captured the attention of the fashion world and in 2019, made his first debut on an international platform at the Couture Week in Paris. Today, Ashi Studio is based in Paris and continues to create timeless, elegant pieces for its discerning clientele.
Chana Marelus is a bridal and evening wear designer based in Tel Aviv, Israel. The brand’s signature is unique designs that are simple yet delicately intricate. Each piece from Chana Marelus is made with high-quality materials and impeccable workmanship. The brand is known for paying unparalleled attention to detail, which is evident in the handmade embroidery and beadwork. Chana specializes in mixing contrasting fabrics, allowing them to flow into a soft feminine result.
Born in Los Angeles, CINQ creates unique garments for brides who connect on an emotional level to their gowns. To them, it’s not just the dress but a precious, fleeting moment in time. The brand is behind elegant and chic designs that perfectly combine vintage silhouettes with modern details. Garments from CINQ stand as an ode to the past, poised for the future.
Sydney-based designer Christie Trowbridge launched Christie Nicole Bridal in 2016. What began solely as a bespoke bridal brand has now evolved into a made-to-order business with an exclusive selection of bespoke creations per year. The brand’s garments are defined by intricate details, dramatic silhouettes, bold fabric pairings, and renaissance style adornment that pushes boundaries and challenges traditional wedding standards.
Cucculelli Shaheen was founded in 2016 by creative partners Anthony Cucculelli and Anna Rose Shaheen. The two crossed paths while working at Diane Von Furstenburg’s West Village studio. The brand's designs are defined by lush embroidery, effortless silhouettes and are inspired by classical art, music, mythology, and New York City. Cucculelli Shaheen is proud to dress a diverse group of charismatic clients, including Oscar nominees, musicians, TV personalities, and social media stars.
Danielle Frankel is a popular bridal and ready-to-wear label from New York. Danielle Hirsch, the lead designer, creates a new perspective of what it means to be a woman getting married. She celebrates the beauty of bridal, fusing traditional and modern aesthetics in her designs. Dresses from Danielle Frankel are simple yet intricate in both construction and finishings. At the core of every piece are elements of whimsy and vulnerability, encapsulating the bride's story and what lies ahead.
Elie Saab is a famous Lebanese designer specializing in bridalwear and ready-to-wear fashion. The dressmaker creates effortlessly elegant, timeless pieces, all feminine and refined. Elie Saab started his business in the early 1980s, but his international exposure happened years later. He got into the spotlight in 2002 when American actress Halle Berry appeared at the Oscars wearing one of his dresses. Elie Saab is a designer choice for celebrities and royalty alike. Gowns from Elie Saab were spotted on megastars such as Angelina Jolie, Emma Stone, Julia Roberts, Rihanna, and more.
Elly Sofocli is a Melbourne-based designer who prides herself on creating bespoke gowns for fashion-forward brides. She is known for her clean cuts, gorgeous embellishments, clever use of French laces, and great attention to detail. Elly’s dresses are chic, effortless, dreamy, and eye-catching. The brand praises femininity, texture, and form. From classic gowns to something on the more experimental side, Elly Sofocli offers a variety of options.
Galia Lahav is a world-renowned bridal and evening wear designer customizing lavish gowns. Over the past three decades, Galia's eponymous brand has established itself as one of the leading fashion houses beloved by celebrities and aristocracy. Intricate and extravagant gowns from Galia Lahav are made with super-sheer high-quality fabrics and feature signature illusion backs, cascading skirts, and Italian lace. The brand’s flagship bridal stores are located in Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Tel Aviv, and Shanghai.
Based in Tel Aviv, designer Idan Laros creates garments for modern, fashion-forward brides who are not afraid to go beyond norms. His designs are infused with pure elegance but also have a certain degree of edginess. In Laros’s collections, you’ll find both extravagant, out-of-the-box dress options as well as minimalist, classic ones. Puffed sleeves, unique cutouts, and delicate silhouettes define the brand.
KHYELI is a fashion brand from London. Founded by trained architect Ahmed Alkhyeli, it is driven to create gorgeous garments for graceful yet powerful women. The KHYELI woman is strong, educated, and successful while retaining a strong sense of her femininity. The brand’s signature is timeless and effortless pieces that draw focus to the woman’s inherent elegance and beauty.
KYHA has evolved from founder & creative director Kyha Scott’s personal experience as a bride. Established in 2011, the brand redefines the traditional view of wedding fashion. KYHA aesthetic is defined by sleek minimalism, innovative detailing, and flawless execution. In 2016 Kyha Scott launched Chosen, a ready-to-wear label made for rule-breakers and trend-makers. It celebrates modern silhouettes, statement beading, and ground-breaking twists on tradition. Designed in Melbourne, KYHA and Chosen are available both online and at flagship boutiques in Melbourne, Sydney, and New York.
Since 2018, designer Katherine Tash has been creating luxury wedding gowns for women who are romantic at heart. Meticulously handcrafted in Los Angeles, garments from Katherine Tash walk the line between contemporary and classic. Katherine and her team of talented artisans source only the finest fabrics and materials to create exquisite, made-to-order gowns, for a timeless look on your wedding day.
Monique Lhuillier’s journey started by designing a dress for her own wedding. As she couldn’t find any gowns to her taste, she took everything into her own hands. Ultimately, in 1996, Monique and her husband Tom kicked off their fashion business. Today, Monique is considered one of America’s foremost bridal designers, with her brand becoming synonymous with luxury, allure, and unparalleled glamor. Monique’s collections are feminine, modern, and absolutely gorgeous. The brand's clientele includes A-listers such as Emma Stone, Blake Lively, Taylor Swift, and Gwyneth Paltrow, to name a few.
Murashka is a bridalwear brand based in Russia but available online worldwide. The atelier creates elegant and refined pieces for the modern brides of today. It celebrates femininity, beauty, and being true to yourself. Murashka's muse is a dreamer infatuated with love. She listens to her heart, has an open soul, and isn’t scared of being misunderstood. She's free-spirited and has neither stereotypes nor limits.
Syrian-born designer Rami Al Ali established his couture brand in 2001 in Dubai. However, Al Ali’s ultimate breakthrough came in 2009, when he was invited as a guest member of Alta Moda Alta Roma, showing his Spring-Summer collection. Since then, the designer’s career has skyrocketed. Al Ali’s creations are modern, bold, uncompromising, yet effortlessly elegant. In 2020, he launched Rami Al Ali White, an annual edition of demi-couture bridal and ready-to-wear designs that support longevity. Eva Longoria, Naomi Campbell and Aishwarya Rai are among the fans of the brand.
Tatyana Kochnova Atelier is a bridalwear brand located in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Founder and lead designer Tatyana Kochnova releases new collections several times a year and creates bespoke garments tailored to her clients’ measurements and tastes. The brand blurs the lines between fashion and bridal, offering pieces that are the perfect combination of both. Aside from bridal and evening collections, the atelier also features home collections and accessories.
Vivienne Westwood will forever remain a fashion legend. She was behind some of the most innovative, bold, and unique designs. Her eponymous brand is known, loved, and proudly worn by millions of people around the world. Vivienne’s most recent bridal made-to-order collection embodies a sense of new beginnings: transparency in sheer fabrics, transformative elements, and metamorphic three-dimensional silhouettes. It presents fifteen gowns, each ethereal and romantic.