AFRICAN BRIDAL WEAR DESIGNERS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT
Weddings are an important event in Africa. Africa brings out the best in wedding designers who go the extra mile to ensure that every bride looks breathtaking on her special day. Over the years, we have come to embrace the works of some African designers who have made it a duty to ensure that weddings in Africa are exotic with their outfits. There are several fashion designers on the continent who are breaking bounds with their wedding gown designs. Here are some of our favourites.
La Art Neviole Emporium is the brainchild of Neville Masondo, who studied Fashion Design and Technology at the Tshwane University of Technology. He then opened his Couture boutique that specialises in red carpet and bridal outfits. He has dressed celebrities such as Bonang and Nigeria’s Toke Makinwa and has made some beautiful brides’ dreams come true. Neville describes his designs as couture with a touch of avant-garde, his designs have a historical or vintage element – but with a modern twist.
When working with Cindy Bam, every measurement is taken to ensure your comfort and to provide a relaxed, luxurious atmosphere where you’ll have fun planning your dream gown. Cindy and her team will be there for you from the day you walk through her studio doors until after your big day!
After recognizing the need for a simpler wedding dress, Ethiopian-American designer Amsale Aberra started her own bridal company and began to sell her gowns in high-end boutiques and department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus in the 1980s. In 1996, Aberra opened her flagship store on New York City’s Madison Avenue. Amsale continues to be one of the leading bridal designers in the industry. Today, Aberra’s bridal company can be seen in some of the high-end shops around the world. You will love her creativity when you are ready for your wedding. There is no part of Africa that doesn’t have clients buying from Aberra.
Brides by Nona
Atlanta-based Nigerian designer Nneka C. Alexander, creative director at Brides by NoNA, is making a name for herself as a bespoke bridal designer of custom-made gowns. And Alexander's skill in elaborate design spills over to other dress categories as well, including evening wear, bridesmaid gowns and traditional gowns for the cultural bride. If you want that wedding dress that is superior and out of this world, Nneka is the person to meet. With the huge competition in the bridal industry, fashion savvy Africans are meeting people like Nneka who understand what they are looking for in traditional gowns and bridesmaid gowns.
David Tlale and his eponymous brand have graced just about every premium fashion week platform in the world. Not surprisingly, the South African designer’s bridal line is equally show-stopping. Black wedding gowns and African print wedding gowns are just a few examples of Tlale’s unconventional take on the wedding dress.
Headed by Somali-Brit designer Shukri Hashi, Shukri Hashi Bridal has done the unthinkable: taking the traditional red and gold silk Somali print known as "Haadiyo Daaghan," and transforming it into a colorful bridal gown.
With more than 20 years of experience in the industry, we couldn’t resist including Elbeth Gillis in our top rated list! Her designs are timeless, sophisticated and she promises to use luxurious materials sourced from around the world. Although she is Cape Town based, Elizabeth is willing to help clients that live outside Cape Town. All you have to do is send her an email and make at least one physical appointment and the studio will keep you updated throughout the process.
Halima Gidado is the founder and creative director behind the Abuja-based Brides & Babies Inc., known for everything from the classic ball gown to the sultry mermaid dress. And just in case you were wondering, yes, they do custom design clothing for babies.
This Eritrean fashion designer branched into wedding gown making after realizing a drop in the use of traditional cloth for wedding ceremonies and the adaptation of white gowns. Inspired by the unique Eritrean wedding cloth and other historical clothes, Farida Deglel has managed to change the face of weddings, especially, white wedding ceremonies in her country and a great part of Eastern Africa.
Natalia Trisolino handmakes her dresses individually to achieve a feminine, sexy and sophisticated look. Not only does she custom make gowns and hire gowns, she also designs dresses for your bridesmaids, mother-of-the-bride and the flower girls. She makes waistcoats and ties for the groom and groomsmen. Prices depend solely on selected fabric and the level of detail required.
Kobus Dippenaar's designs and styles your wedding dress taking according to the whole picture, he considers your makeup, hair, shoes-everything! He is especially skilled in creating detailed corsets. He has a whole wedding gown range from the Anna Georgina Group. The 2012 collection was a tribute to his mother. The style includes Swarovski elements to add drama.
Janita Toerien is the creative enthusiast behind her bridal couture brand. She is a wedding dress designer who is immensely dedicated to creating a unique gown which is sophisticated and which fits the bride’s body. Janita recently won the Exquisite gown competition at the Tygervalley Bridal Expo! Her one extraordinary pieces put her on our top rated list!