If you’re getting married sometime soon and you’re looking to wear a dress that is a bit different from the every day dresses available at your local bridal shop, then look no further than this list of the top ten designers of beautiful African designed wedding dresses that are available online or in various shops depending on your location. With so many beautiful, one of a kind designs, it’s easy to see why African designers continue to be popular with people around the world.
This Ethiopian-American designer spotted a market for the simpler dresses in the bridal dress market and cashed in on the concept by selling some of her simpler gowns in boutiques throughout New York in high end stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus when she first started out in the 1980s and eventually opened her first shop on Madison Avenue in 1996. She continues this day to be one of the leading designers in the bridal wear industry.
The inspiration for the beautiful and unique Paul van Zyl bridal gowns stems from his time working in the Cape Town Opera Chorus as well as having drawn inspiration from his childhood days of his mother making his clothing by hand. These influences have combined into the Paul van Zyl Couture line of beautiful wedding dresses, found throughout South Africa as well as on South Africa’s fashion week catwalks.
This Nigerian-American designer, based in Atlanta focuses on bespoke and custom designed bridal gowns from simple and elegant to elaborate and stunningly exquisite. Her skills in design also help her develop stunning evening gowns, dresses for bridesmaids and other dresses for those looking to add a bit of true elegance and culture into their wardrobe – either for weddings or special occasions.
This designer focuses on bringing true Africanstyle to his wedding dress designs and they have some truly unconventional styles such as black gowns and Africanwedding print gowns to choose from to help make your day simply unforgettable. With the splashes of colour and patterning, his take on the wedding dress turns a traditional gown into a work of Africanart.
The perfect designer for those brides to be that have been dreaming of the perfect wedding since childhood, Didi Couture takes dream weddings to the next level by providing the dream dress. With satin sashes, imported lace, fairytale dresses and veils and more, the perfect dress is yours with this fantastic South Africandesigner.
Serving brides to be looking for their dream dresses for over 20 years, Elizabeth Gillis Couture continues to develop stunning, luxurious and timeless bridal pieces which have been shown in boutiques and magazines across the world. As well as being available to purchase in boutiques in countries such as the UK, Ireland and across South Africa, you can view her whole range of beautiful pieces on her website.
While based in Abu Dhabi, Farida Deglel focuses her time on producing beautiful wedding gowns for brides to be using traditional Eritrean fabrics and designs. Her dresses are a perfect blend of modern and traditional and also encapsulate not just Eritrean but also Middle Eastern and Western influences, resulting in the perfect dresses for all brides.
African Designers: Gbemi Okunlola – United Kingdom
This impressive designer is almost a household name in the UK having been featured on ‘Young Apprentice’ and was also named London’s youngest fashiondesigner when she was only 11 years old. Ever since, Gbemi Okunlola has made an impressive name for herself with her bespoke bridal boutiques of AloNuko along with her own designer brand in 2015.
This classic and timeless design brand gained its reputation for developing beautiful and elegant gowns for brides as well as evening wear for both men and women. For some truly uniquely inspired dresses, check out his Le’ Festoon collection on his website maiatafoinspired.com.
This Somali-British designer has made a name for themselves through the development of show stopping bridal gowns that feature traditional Somali colours and patterns. Taking the Somalian wedding dress and turning it into western styled bridal gowns with all the fanfare, this designer has made real waves in the bridal industry, resulting in not just unique, but eye-catching and gorgeous gowns.