Some of the world’s greatest fashion designers are emerging from South Africa. The country is home to internationally watched fashion events like the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and SA Fashion Week. Here are 8 top wedding dress designers in South Africa.
Paul van Zyl has a background in the theater, having spent years working and performing in the Cape Town Opera Chorus. He grew up on a farm where his mother handmade all his clothes. These influences combined to inspire him to make wedding dresses that are whimsical, dramatic, but also classic. Van Zyl’s creations have appeared in Cape Town Fashion Week three times, according to Paulvanzyl.com.
Didi Couture operates on the belief that a bride’s wedding dress should fulfill her childhood dreams, which is why many of her designs are fit for a princess. Satin sashes, tiaras, frilled sweetheart shapes and fairytale veils cover the gallery section of her website. Didi is best known for her stunning imported lace, as well as accents of Swarovski crystals and incredible embroidery details. You can view her past work at Didicouture.co.za.
Mori Lee is a popular designer among South African bridal shops. Lee’s dresses make up the majority of the home page on the trusted bridal blog, Stillwhite.co.za, as well as most of the designs on the list of top wedding dress designs on ConfettiDayDreams.com. Lee’s signature look is elaborate, full-bodied and dramatic skirts and decorative bodices.
Casper Bosman is a young designer making his mark on the South African fashion scene, having dressed various South African celebrities along with two Miss South Africas and one Miss World. As such, his dresses are the image of glamour — wedding-aisle and red-carpet ready. He is known for creative necklines such as off-the-shoulder and choker gowns. Casper Designer Wear is for the bride who wants something elegant and edgy. See his work at Casperdesignerwear.co.
Brides have turned to Elizabeth Gillis Couture for over 20 years for their dream dresses. The designer’s dresses are the image of luxury, and always timeless. Gillis’ Couture has become so popular that it appears in bridal boutiques throughout the U.K. and Ireland and South Africa, as well as several wedding magazines. See her designs at Elbethgillis.com.
Alana van Heerden makes dresses worthy of a royal wedding, but they can also tend towards the risqué. Van Heerden combines vintage fabrics with runway looks along with her own hand-sewn decorative pieces to make show-stopping gowns. Van Heerden studied fashion design at the Design School Southern Africa before working as an assistant for designer Marianne Fassler. You can see her gallery of work at Alanadesign.wordpress.com.
Janita Toerien makes dresses that are modern and sophisticated, often with surprising designs. She is a master at skirt-and-top wedding ensembles for brides who don’t want the traditional dress. Her dresses are all made to order, but you can select from some of her most popular, whimsical designs like the scoop-backed Jana or the highly structured Sophie on her website Janitatorien.co.za.
Elizabeth Stockenström is all about femininity, sensuality and romance and makes dresses worthy of a Jane Austen novel. She emphasizes cuts that highlight the female silhouette on dresses that are often dramatic, while still playful and with a hint of the Victorian. What makes the designer’s dresses unique is that each layer is individually wrapped in a different fabric for a textured and enticing look. See the collection at Elizabethweddinggowns.co.za.
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