List of wedding dress designers

List of wedding dress designers

If you’re a bride-to-be and need inspiration for the big day, look no further.

Each spring and fall, couture bridal designers dazzle the runway with fresh inspirations; revolutionary combinations of fabrics; and signature details that make each wedding dress an extraordinary stand-alone.

From the classic industry elites, such as Vera Wang, Carolina Herrera and Monique Lhullier—to the contemporary novel innovators such as, Jenny Packham, Lela Rose, and Carmela Sutera—there truly is the perfect designer wedding dress to “wow” every fashion-savvy bride. It is just so hard to pick an industry favorite, but this list of the top wedding gown designers from A to Z is a great place to start.

List of wedding dress designers

Adele Wechsler

Adele Wechsler’s name has become synonymous with distinctive, new age gowns that not only evoke a sense of natural romance, but also a sense of worldwide appeal. Wechsler strongly believes that fashion weaves people together. Her dresses feature pretty flower appliqués (lilies, orchids, pansies, etc.) and sheer overlays of fabric that make her gowns alternative, but also feminine. Adele’s latest, most revolutionary collection yet, introduces eco-friendly options for today’s savvy brides. Deemed Eco Couture, she employs elements of organic hemp, vegetable dies and remnant fabrics. Truly cutting-edge.
Website: www.adelewechsler.com

Aire Barcelona

Romance, beauty, elegance, delicacy- these are just a few words that perfectly describe Aire Barcelona designer wedding dresses. Every woman should have these qualities, especially on her wedding day. This special event represents an opportunity to enjoy the fact that you’re a woman and it is a call for joy and celebration. Aire Barcelona could offer you all these things.
Website: www.airebarcelona.com

Alvina Valenta

Alvina Valenta is known to pay extreme attention to detail. Each of her dresses are hand sewn including her signature beading and hand-rolled roses that adorn her gowns. Alvina Valenta is now under the parent JLM Couture.
Website: www.jlmcouture.com/Alvina-Valenta

Alberta Ferretti

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Alberta Ferretti’s gowns

Alberta Ferretti’s design is just the ticket for a bride who is aiming for understated glamour. The elegant cut makes for a flattering shape and the chiffon overlay gives the gown that bridal edge.
Website: www.albertaferretti.com

Amsale

The Amsale bridal collection was virtually started by Amsale Aberra’s own quest for the perfect wedding dress. Amsale simply wanted an elegant, understated dresses with no fuss. Amsale’s tapped into this need by introducing gowns with clean lines and inventive twists of personality to the market. She infuses modern updates such as, variations on the traditional bustle and the inclusion of tasteful color accents, including the now-famous “blue sash” gown. Amsale is now the lead designer for Christos bridal. www.amsale.com
Website: www.amsale.com

Ana Cristache

Ana Cristache designs and creates unique styles of evening and special occasion wear.

Every piece is bespoke, created to the client’s own specifications and requirements. Ana Cristache make anything from little black dresses to elegant mother-of-the bride outfits and full length evening gowns. Each outfit is cut from fabulous rich fabrics and is fitted to perfection throughout a number of fittings in studio.
Website: www.anacristache.co.uk

Ana Hernandez

Ana Hernandez is known as one of the most stylish, talented, and easy-going bridal designers today’crafts exquisite one-of-a-kind gowns right in her Newbury Street, Boston shop. Hernandez spares no expense on delicate fabrics and is recognized for her inclusion of small intricate details like organza flowers.

Angel Sanchez

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Angel Sanchez’s Spring 2011 collection

Venezuelan-born Angel Sanchez began his illustrious fashion career with captivating evening wear. In 1999, Sanchez introduced his bridal collection, which reflected his background in architecture. Both his clothing and wedding gown collections emphasize structure and innovative dimension partnered with one stand-alone detail for a bit of drama and impact.
Website: www.angelsanchezusa.com

Anne Barge

Anne Barge’s creativity and eminent fashion sense shined at a very young age when she started sewing original dresses for her dolls. Under an initial design apprenticeship to Kenneth Pool, Barge was exposed to the industry first-hand. Barge eventually launched her own line of gorgeous gowns showcased in her flagship store in Atlanta. Her gowns are not only elegant and clean, but often include intricate beading.
Website: www.annebarge.com

Badgley Mischka

Inspired by old-Hollywood glam, Badgley Mischka is the collaboration of partners Mark Badgley and James Mischka. Their simple flowing style is both elegant and effortless, reminding brides that your gown should be comfortable and easy to wear. Their success extends into lifestyle accessories and evening and cruise wear.
Website: www.badgleymischka.com

Carmela Sutera

Carmela Sutera gowns partner old-world charm with contemporary flair. Within her collections, you’ll find discerning couture gowns adorned with modified sleeves, proportionate ruffles, French Alecon lace, and intricate hand beading and embroidery. Sutera believes that brides should pay close attention to contour and proportion to accentuate her best features.

Carolina Herrera

It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but plenty of brides conjure up a dream of a full-skirted princess gown for their wedding and let’s face it, it is the only day of your life you can get away with it. If this is the style you have your heart set on, it is still possible to remain chic. This Carolina Herrea dress fulfils the princess criteria but still remains classy with its modern yet classic design and beautiful satin fabric.
Website: www.carolinaherrera.com

Christos

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Christos Spring 2011 Wedding Gowns

In 2005, Christos Yiannakou retired and named renowned designer, Amsale Aberra, as Creative Director. Today’s Christos’ collections incorporate Aberra’s modern flair with Christos more traditional fairy-tale-like designs. Christos gowns are especially known for their use of fine silks, French Alençon lace and silk organza.
Website: www.christosbridal.com

Claire Pettibone

Claire Pettibone Bridal based in Los Angeles. Discover Claire Pettibone’s romantic world of vintage inspired quality gowns, bohemian style wedding dresses, veils and headpieces.
The designer – Claire Pettibone (born May 23, 1967) is an American fashion designer based in Los Angeles. She is prominently known for her couture wedding gowns and intimate apparel, lifestyle collection.
Website: www.clairepettibone.com

David’s Bridal

David’s Bridal is a clothier in the United States that specializes in wedding dresses, prom gowns, and other formal wear. It is the largest American bridal-store chain.
Products include bridal gowns, bridesmaids’ dresses, jr. bridemaids’ dresses, flower girl dresses, and mother-of-the-bride dresses. The stores also offer related accessories, including veils, headpieces, shoes, garters, and purses.
Website: www.davidsbridal.com

David Fielden

Whilst some brides dream of a princess gown, others want to avoid the look like the plague. If you are the latter and favour shorter dresses and more trend-led fashion, then this asymmetric layered scales David Fielden dress fits the bill. A-listers have fallen head over heels for one-shoulder frocks and this cute mini dress style with tulle underlay is ideal for a registry office ceremony.
Website: www.davidfielden.co.uk

Elizabeth Fillmore

Fishtail wedding dress styles have been a popular choice for some time now and this design by Elizabeth Fillmore is a beautiful example. The clean lines show off the bride’s figure superbly and the corsage detailing adds to the feminine air. The extra layer which gives a train effect gives the dress a more unusual edge.
Website: www.elizabethfillmorebridal.com

Helen Morley

Helen Morley has never been interested in runway flamboyance; she simply manufactures contemporary bridal fashions for today’s real women. Morley focuses on 100% customer satisfaction in quality and craftsmanship, which keeps the bridal industry on its toes.
Website: www.helenmorley.com

Ines Di Santo

Born in Italy and educated all over Europe and South America, Ines Di Santo is recognized as a leading designer of evening and bridal couture.
Her love of glamour and high fashion inspires collections of sophisticated, vibrant femininity, marked by superb fit, originality and inimitable construction. A signature touch of unrestrained luxury reflects her Italian and Spanish heritage.
The Second Generation:VERONICA DI SANTO
Veronica Di Santo has been working with Ines Di Santo, her mother, since the age of five. Growing up in the atelier and coming to oversee all aspects of creating a gown – from inception to construction – Veronica has naturally developed her own stream of silhouettes, adding a contemporary freshness to her mother’s luxe classics.

Website: inesdisanto.com

Jenny Lee

With an extreme appreciation for color and texture, Jenny Lee is yet another fashionista who began her career by sewing original creations at age 6. Recognized for her precise pattern cutting, Lee herself, makes sure that each of her gowns are custom cut to a bride’s exact measurements. Additionally, they are always handcrafted from the same seamstress from start to finish.
Website: www.jennyleebridal.com

Jenny Packham

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Designer Jenny Packham

Jenny Packham pushes the bounds of bridal into a whole new modern dimension. Her designs are fun, fresh, chic, cutting-edge, unexpected, and glamorous all at the same time. They make a bridal statement down the aisle.
Website: www.jennypackham.com

Jim Hjelm

designer-Jim-Hjelm-Francesca.jpgDesigner of Jim Hjelm Bridal and Occasions Collections and Blush by JLM.

Francesca combines innovative design, luxurious fabrics, and exquisite details to create bridal wear that is fashion-forward yet classically beautiful.

Born and raised in Laguna Niguel, California, Francesca attended Los Angeles’ esteemed Otis Art Institute/Parsons School of Design.

“Each dress has its own individual look and special details,” she says. “Every little thing is important, even the placement of embroidery or the way draping falls over a gown’s bodice. I try to offer a wide variety of different looks so I can give to brides and bridesmaids a range of strong choices. The most important thing to me is that women are happy and feel absolutely gorgeous in their gowns.”

Francesca’s fresh approach to bridal design enables her to translate au courant runway styles into stunningly beautiful wedding gowns.
Website: www.jlmcouture.com/Jim-Hjelm

Judd Waddell

Judd Waddell employed by some of the industry’s bests including Carolina Herrera, Jim Hjelm, and Galina Bouquet Inc., Judd’s design motto is straightforward. “Notice the bride first, the dress second.”
Website: www.juddwaddell.com

Justina McCaffrey

As an avid ballet dancer and producer of short classical music films, Justina McCaffrey’s appreciation for art and movement shines through in her designs. The use of Swarovski crystals, swirls of soft silks, draped bodices, and layers of ruffles reveal the elite gracefulness of her brides.
Website: www.justinamccaffrey.com

Kenneth Pool

Under the design direction of Amsale Aberra, Kenneth Pool’s signature style is sexy, chic, and unexpected, but also opulent. Simply stated, Kenneth Pool’s gowns exude glamour.
Website: kennethpool.com

Lazaro

Lazaro’s Fall 2011 Collection

Lazaro Perez, designer of the Lazaro and Tara Keely collections, is known for his impeccable fit and glamorous collections featuring exquisite beading and embroidery with dramatic silhouettes. With over twenty years of design experience, Lazaro is regarded as one of the industry’s premier bridal designers.
Known first and foremost for his signature hand beading and embroidery, Lazaro creates beautiful wedding gowns that are both structural and old-fashioned. His hallmark craftsmanship is evident in every perfectly fitted silhouette and hand stitch of his gowns. Lazaro’s collections are now found under the blanket company of JLM Couture, Inc.
Website: www.jlmcouture.com/Lazaro

Maggie Sottero

Designing, producing and delivering the highest quality products is integral to the MAGGIE SOTTERO image and company mission. An innovator in the industry, Maggie Sottero creates luxurious, off-the- runway looks catering to brides of all styles and preferences.
With Maggie Sottero, the bride experiences the renowned, signature Maggie fit, the highest quality fabrics, superior construction, hand sewn embellishments, Swarovski crystals and figure flattering stylization at affordable prices. Maggie Sottero makes dreams come true for every Maggie bride.
Website: www.maggiesottero.com

Manuel Mota (Pronovias)

Manuel Moto is one of the most prominent designers under The Pronovias Group umbrella. Based in Barcelona, The Pronovias Group opened the first wedding apparel shops exclusively for brides in 1964. Manuel Moto’s recent work incorporates a variety of progressive necklines (keyhole and asymmetrical), as well as flowing chiffon flowers, empire waist sashes and unexpected uses of tulle.
Website: www.pronovias.com

Marchesa

British born Georgina and Keren met at Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. Georgina, a 2001 graduate of the Wimbledon School of Art, began her career as a costume designer. Keren graduated from Brighton Art College in 2000 and subsequently focused on print and embroidery design.
Georgina’s draping and design expertise paired with Keren’s textile creations resulted in a business partnership and the establishment of Marchesa in 2004. Elegant eveningwear, inspired by vintage and Asian influences, defines the Marchesa Collection
Based in New York, the Marchesa collection is presently available in Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman in the United States, Harrods in London, and specialty boutiques such as Holt Renfrew in Canada, Podium in Russia, Alothman in Kuwait, Boutique1 in Dubai, and Joyce and Lane Crawford in Hong Kong.
Website: www.marchesa.com

Melissa Sweet

(Priscilla of Boston Closed After Nearly 65 Years)

From the day she could sew, Melissa Sweet hand-stitched her own garments including precious white gowns for each year of her prom. Sweet’s wedding creations are known to be fun and flirty with small touches of whimsy. In 1996, Sweet opened her flagship store in Atlanta. In 2005, Sweet sold her company to Priscilla of Boston.
Website: www.priscillaofboston.com/melissasweet.jsp

Michelle Roth

Australian-born, Michelle Roth, recognizes the need for a deep connection between a bride and her wedding dress; therefore her extensive repertoire of gowns offers a little something for every bride’from crystal shimmer to clean unadorned lines.
Website: www.michelleroth.com

Mikaella

Introduced in 2004 under the same pretenses as Paloma Blanca, Mikaella bridal offers stylish 21st century gowns at budget-friendly prices.
Website: www.mikaellabridal.com

Monique Lhuillier

Monique Lhuillier is considered one of the pioneering fashion divas in terms of design, quality and brand image. Her wedding gown collections are always luxurious, romantic, progressive and smart’ideal for today’s astute brides. Like many of her colleagues, she has expanded into ready-to-wear, home goods, and fine paper products.
Website: www.moniquelhuillier.com

Mori Lee

For over 17 years, Madeline Gardner has been designing dresses for MoriLee. From her childhood days growing up in New Jersey, hemming and designing clothing has been a part of her life.
After graduating from The Fashion Institute of New York City, her goals of becoming a true designer took shape. Still a Jersey girl, she lives with her husband and two sons across the river from her SoHo studio.
Website: www.morilee.com

Oscar de la Renta

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Designer Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta, one of the most reputable names in haute couture, continually pushes the envelope in fashion year after year. No one can ignore his fabulously glam wedding gowns that are truly one-of-a-kind, and scene stopping with runway style. For the elite bride, Oscar de la Renta is the only choice.
Website: www.oscardelarenta.com

Paloma Blanca

As leaders in the industry since 1937, Paloma Blanca offers a collection of beautiful gowns that air on the more affordable side. They also enjoy success with their DIVA line catering to plus sized brides.
Website: www.palomablanca.com

Peter Langner

Peter Langner with an intense love for art and art history, German-born, appreciates color, form, and texture in all types of design, including his original gown creations in bridal. He pays close attention to how his dresses establish structure and sculpt a woman’s body.
Website: www.peterlangner.com

Priscilla of Boston

(Priscilla of Boston Closed After Nearly 65 Years)

With a repertoire of superb designers under the Priscilla of Boston umbrella including Melissa Sweet, this 65 year-old company was founded under the principal of making each customer feel like they are the only customer. Priscilla of Boston offers brides an exceptional shopping experience, endless gown styles and possibilities, and a tradition of excellence deeply-rooted in their longstanding knowledge of the bridal business.
Website: www.priscillaofboston.com

Reem Acra

Reem Acra is known for her signature use of embroidery and delicate beadwork of tiny Swarovski crystals and seed pearls. Reem Acra’s ability to infuse intricate needlework sewn under rich silk and satin fabrics has catapulted her to the top of the luxury bridal industry.
Website: www.reemacra.com

Richard Tyler

Australian-born, Richard Tyler, incorporates precise tailoring with super-sexy silhouettes and at least one distinguishing detail on every one of his gowns. A typical Richard Tyler bride does think of herself as a young fairy-tale princess, but a strong fashion-conscious woman searching for an edgy, en vogue, extraordinary gown. Tyler’s designs do come at a stiff price anywhere from $3,000 to $15,000.

Romona Keveza

Romona Keveza wedding gowns evoke a great hand-sewn sophistication and dreamlike quality unlike any other. Look for Keveza’s use of chiffon voulant, organza appliqués, and ruffles in her upcoming collections.
Website: www.romonakeveza.com

Richard Glasgow

Richard Glasgow prides himself on the fact that he is involved in the design and construction of every dress. He actually uses special shears to cut each gown to the exact measurements of his brides.

Rosa Clará

Rosa Clará is modern, feminine resounding beauty. As the preeminent couture bridal design house in Spain, Rosa Clará provides brides with a very romantic and seductive silhouette.
Website: www.rosaclara.es/

Tara Keely

Tara Keely brings a young, fresh approach to bridal with some of the hottest trendy dresses in the industry today. Tara Keely’s designs always don a little twist of the unexpected.
Lazaro Perez, designer of the Lazaro and Tara Keely collections, is known for his impeccable fit and glamorous collections featuring exquisite beading and embroidery with dramatic silhouettes. With over twenty years of design experience, Lazaro is regarded as one of the industry’s premier bridal designers.

Website: www.jlmcouture.com/Tara-Keely

Theia

Don O’Neill, known for his elegant and sophisticated eveningwear, bridal gown, was born in a small village in the west of Ireland. From an early age, his mother and her clothing inspired him with her elegant Bergdorf Goodman dresses and Ib Jorgensen couture suits. Throughout Don’s formative years, this inspiration fueled his dreams of becoming a fashion designer.
Today, Don serves as the Creative Director for THEIA. The collection is a manifestation of Don’s vision to bring out every woman’s inner goddess. The collection opened in the Fall of 2009 to rave reviews, immediately being bought by Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and specialty stores around the globe. The designs have also garnered praise by celebrities including Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Emmy Rossum, and Norah Jones as well as media outlets including The Wall St. Journal, InStyle, People Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, Life & Style, New York Magazine, E! News, and more.
Website: www.theiacouture.com

Tomasina

Tomasina has a background rooted in painting, Tomasina’s gowns are truly works of fashionable art. As in International sensation, Tomasina is sold in the most prestigious salons worldwide. This spring, she unveils several original gowns using gold-colored duchess silk satin.
Website: www.tomasina.com

Ulla Maija

Ulla Maija bridal is the only International couture bridal business still run exclusively in the United States. Today, the Ulla Maija brand is the collaborative effort of a group of highly trained designers who operate with the same simple goal in mind’create pure luxurious gowns for its brides.
Website: www.ulla-maija.com

Valentino

Valentino, the legendary fashion icon never seems to disappoint. Whether it’s for his fabulous high-end accessories, haute couture clothing, or glamorous bridal, each Valentino collection marries refined classic elegance with groundbreaking originality that is synonymous with his name.
Website: http://www.pronovias.com/wedding-gowns/last-collection-valentino/

Vera Wang

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Designer Vera Wang

The queen of bridal fashion, Vera Wang is the ultimate in beautiful bridalwear design. If you’ve been saving for your wedding since the beginning of time, then a Wang dress might just be within your reach. If so, this stunning silk chiffon gown with frill strap detailing has that innocent, ethereal feel which is perfect for a relaxed, country-style wedding.

Website: www.verawang.com

Watters and Wtoo Brides

Website: www.watters.com

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    I saw a wedding gown in the Edge Magazine this dress was stunning it had floral pedals down the front in the center were a large crystal bagette ball, it was Oh! so lovely. I am wondering who the Designer was. I want permission to change it a bit and recreate it for a couture gown for a Barbie Doll.

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