Wedding gown is something the bride treasures the most. It is a very special piece of clothing that tells your personal story, makes a statement and stays with you forever as a beautiful memory. Well, not surprising that brides spend so much time looking for the best of the best. From timeless classics to modern out-of-the-box options, the variety of wedding gowns is really impressive. And it continues to grow day by day! To narrow down your choices, we’ve rounded up Australia's top bridal designers whose creations will take your breath away.
Aboutphaedra inspires quiet confidence, individual creative expression and honors the hand-made process within a contemporary aesthetic. Based in Victoria, the brand is the imagining of the designer Emma-Jane Christie who draws from the natural world and its many textures. Aboutphaedra has evolved from a desire to create artful feminine clothing that is underpinned by a strong philosophy of sustainability and ethics. All garments designed by Emma-Jane are unique, deeply emotive, and sensual to the touch. Making one dress at a time from her home studio, Emma-Jane’s process is responsible, respectful, and slow.
After being in the bridal industry for a decade, designer Amy Clyne decided to branch out on her own in 2018. That’s when the story of Alca Line Bride begins. Amy reimagines bridal fashion, creating her own definition of bridal. The Alca Line Bride has her individual sense of style. She is bold, playful, alluring, and isn’t afraid of trying something out-of-the-box. Garments created by Alca Line Bride are all lovingly handmade to order in their Sydney workroom. The brand strongly believes that fashion is an extension of who you are, a creative outlet.
Bo & Luca is a bridal fashion brand that goes beyond mere material. It translates art and beauty into the tangible medium of fabric. Shannon, the label’s founder, was living in the Middle East, where she was exposed to a diverse variety of styles, designs, and people who ultimately planted the seeds for the company. Guided by bohemian spontaneity, the brand creates high-end wedding garments and accessories that epitomize slow luxury. Bo & Luca’s slow luxury signature aesthetic is grounded in traditional artisan techniques, uncomplicated styling, and easy elegance. The brand’s couture gowns are made, head-beaded, and hand-dyed in their atelier in India.
In 2016 a talented designer, Christie Trowbridge, launched her very own brand dedicated to modern brides — Christie Nicole Bridal. 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 challenges traditional wedding standards. Modern and innovative gowns by Christie Nicole Bridal will definitely win you over.
Corston Couture bridal gowns are known for their romantic, lightweight, and often edgy designs. Though the Sydney-based brand sometimes draws inspiration from the bygone era, their garments are always fresh and trend-forward. The driving force behind the label is Coral Johnston, a designer with years of experience behind her back. In 2014, when Coral’s workload of bespoke gowns increased significantly, she decided that Corston Couture would produce two ready-to-wear collections per year. Luckily, that was the right move! The collections have been extremely well received, and the current list of RTW stockists continues to grow.
Yet another amazing brand for fashion-forward brides! Meet Elly Sofocli, a Melbourne-based designer who prides herself on creating bespoke bridalwear. Clean cuts, gorgeous embellishments, French laces, and the greatest attention to detail — that’s what Elly Sofocli is known for. Her dresses are chic, effortless, dreamy, and eye-catching. Strong and fashionable, Elly Sofocli’s bride loves to go beyond standards. The brand praises femininity, texture, and form. Whether you want a classic gown or something on the more experimental side, Elly Sofocli will grant all your wishes, creating a wedding garment that will make you speechless.
In 2014 designer Harriette Gordon finalized working at the clothing alterations business and started creating evening and bridalwear under her own name. Harriette’s pieces are thoughtful and romantic, each crafted from high-quality fabrics. As the brand advocates for sustainability, the majority of their garments are made with an esteemed local production house. Years of bespoke work with different brides gave Harriette deep insight into what women want to wear. That knowledge helped the designer create her first collection in 2019. Harriette Gordon’s latest one, Midnight Oeuvre, was inspired by the themes of motherhood encapsulating femininity, spirit, and depth.
Jane Hill is a Victoria-based bridalwear brand with a rich and long history. It was established back in 1990 by Jane Hill, who led the business up until her passing in 2013. During that period, Jane built her reputation as one of the leading designers in Australia. Hill drew her inspiration from the Paris fashion houses of the 1950s, striving to re-create an exclusive one-on-one service for all her brides. Today, Jane Hill is a family-operated business with the designer’s daughters being the creative directors behind the label. The brand is continuously expanding both the bridal ranges and the team, with Jane Hill gowns now being stocked in over 50 locations across the world.
Kyha is a bridalwear brand that challenges convention in an industry often constrained by tradition. It has evolved from founder & creative director Kyha Scott’s personal experience as a bride. Tired of tulle and ball gowns, the designer redefines the traditional view of wedding fashion. From its very first inception, the brand blurred the lines between fashion and bridal. Scott pushes boundaries and embodies her own bridal aesthetic: sleek minimalism, innovatory detailing, and flawless execution. In 2016 Kyha launched a ready-to-wear label, Chosen by Kyha, made for rule-breakers and trend-makers. It celebrates modern silhouettes, statement beading, and ground-breaking twists on tradition.
L’eto is more than just a business but rather an energetic exchange of creativity, love, and imagination. The brand, established by designer Anya Ostapenko, honors artisans, seamstresses, and dreams. L’eto always gets to know their brides on a deeper level to create something truly magical. Principles of sustainability and slow fashion are at the very core of this contemporary bridal brand. L’eto works with the highest quality fabrications, in which they craft beautiful gowns with the utmost love and care. The brand creates bridalwear that is made to order and stunningly unique to each individual.
Known for her exceptional tailoring, Lillian Khallouf creates stunning trans-seasonal pieces for the modern woman’s wardrobe and contemporary wedding garments. The designer honors traditional craftsmanship and processes with a minimal footprint. Made at a slow pace with precision and care, each piece by Khallouf is a unique fusion of artistry, functionality, and elegance. For her designs, Lillian finds inspiration in the subtle aspects of the ever-changing world we all live in. The Lillian Khallouf woman is not confined to the norm. She is spontaneous, independent, and all about quality over quantity.
The contemporary and refined bridal brand with a minimalist aesthetic — that's what Lola Varma is. Behind the brand is Courtney Illfield, a fashion and wedding photographer passionate about creating unconventional wedding garments. The separates and gowns by Lola Varma aim to mirror the air of our era and the desires of the modern woman. In her minimal and elegant creations, Courtney honors a subtle beauty: ivory shades of a sun-stroked plain, the sheer drapes that ripple with a warm draft, and the contours of the woman’s form. Easy-going and quietly confident, the Lola Varma bride embraces her womanhood and makes the dress her own.
Since opening its doors in March 2015, Marquise Bridal has developed a cult following for its sultry aesthetic and chic design. The brand was born from the desire to create beautiful wear for the modern bride. Marquise Bridal redefines bridal trends by crafting unique, romantic, and luxurious gowns that will make you fall for them at first sight. The brand is constantly evolving in its pursuit of perfection and its vision of modern, always experimenting and trying something new. At Marquise Bridal, they are committed to uncompromised quality craftsmanship and luxury textiles.
Prea James is an Australian bridal designer and the founder of a fashion brand under the same name. Taking inspiration from her clients, Prea caters to modern brides who want something stylish and unique on their wedding day. The Prea James bride loves quality fabrics as well as modern silhouettes. She is fashionable and relaxed. The brand’s aesthetic is described as understated elegance. And this definition suits it perfectly! Prea has a keen eye for unfaltering fit and hand finishes that add a special touch to each gown. All Prea James garments are made with love and care in Sydney.
Steven Khalil is one of Australia’s leading designers specializing in red carpet and bridal gowns. He creates elegant and beautiful garments that combine classical elements of bygone eras with a contemporary edge. Fascinated by fabrics from a young age, Steven decided to study fashion and never regretted his choice. He quickly began to gain recognition for the quality of his workmanship and eye for a unique design. Khalil rose rapidly through several bridal houses and ultimately opened his own fashion house in 2003. Reviving elements of a classical era of European couture, Steven has developed an approach that is tailored to each individual. He works closely with clients to create a truly special and ultra-personalized experience.