Australia's Top Wedding Dress Designers
There are a million and one choices when it comes to picking a wedding dress, and we often get asked by our customers who just bought an engagement ring,
who we recommend as a wedding dress designer; so where should a ‘bride to be’ begin?
To make things a little easier we’ve brought together a list of Australia’s finest wedding dress designers.
From the luxurious laces of Anna Campbell to the minimalist glam of Johanna Johnson, the Australian bridal design scene has something for everyone.
We’ve got the down low on who to look to for creativity and inspiration for that all-important dress.
Read on to see who’s who of our picks, of Australian talent in wedding design!
1. J’Aton Couture
J’Aton Couture has been creating unique gowns from Prahran, Melbourne since 1995. A favourite among Australian celebrities (think Rebecca Judd’s glorious gown),
prize-winning duo Jacob Luppino and Anthony Pittorino met at a Melbourne fashion college in 1989. It hasn’t always been easy going though; the pair worked for 15 years in the suburbs of Melbourne before they became a household name in the bridal fashion world. J’Aton Couture has a reputation for attention to detail; think sexy sheer lace, hand beading and intricate details.
As the boys themselves say, "We dress woman through the eyes of Men”.
Embodying a unified vision of design stemming from an insatiable desire to create, the J’Aton signature style is a lavish juxtaposition between contrasting elements- the avant- garde and the classic;
the opulent and the raw; the masculine and the feminine; the past and the present.
(Image courtesy of http://www.jatoncouture.com/
Photograph by Jennifer Stenglein)
2. Anna Campbell
If you want a luxurious, elegant, feminine, and romantic feel for your wedding day, then Anna Campbell is your designer. With gowns that sparkle with decadent embellishments over soft tulles and silk chiffons,
or dresses of delicate laces with floating trains, there is something truly mesmerising about an Anna Campbell dress. No matter which kind of bride you may be, when you slip into your Anna Campbell wedding dress you will feel timeless but not traditional, glamorous but elegant. Anna Campbell creates breathtaking dresses and sparkling accessories, inspired by Old Hollywood glamour and vintage romance, all ethically handmade in Melbourne Australia.
(Image courtesy of www.annacampbell.com.au,
Photographed by Lost in Love Photography)
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3. Maggie Sotero
Maggie Sotero’s stunning dresses are the culmination of four generations of artistry. Her work captures the imaginations of brides around the world by fusing classic,
romantic silhouettes with modern, alluring details. The Maggie Sotero collections draw inspiration from all over, some are designed with the classic, romantic bride in mine, while the Sotero and Midgley collection pushes the edges of bridal fashion with bold, contemporary statement and cuts (pictured).
(Image courtesy of www.maggiesottero.com)
4. Steven Khalil
Steven Khalil’s designs embody elegance and beauty. In his collection you’ll find sheer cut-aways, bold lace sequinning, eye-catching shapes and fine tulle. All his work combines classical elements with a fresh, contemporary edge. Steven’s talent and hard work was recognised young when, a few years out of fashion school, he became head designer at the tender age of 22.
In 2003 he established his own fashion house in Paddington, Sydney and hasn’t looked back since.
(Image courtesy of http://www.stevenkhalil.com)
5. Paolo Sebastian
At just 26 years old, Adelaide’s Paolo Vassilef (the designer behind Paolo Sebastian) has already made waves in the bridal fashion world, designing for the likes of Giuliana Rancic, Sonja Kruger and Carrie Bickmore. His dresses are unique and aimed to highlight the beauty of each individual who wears them. His work encapsulates a stunning blend of bold, high fashion with delicate beauty. Combining flawless technical tailoring with tiny hand-sewn details, every dress exudes timeless elegance.
(Image courtesy of paolosebastian.com)
6. Johanna Johnson
For the bride who’s too smooth to look like a princess, Johanna Johnson’s gowns are the embodiment of minimalist, art-deco inspired glam. If you’re seeking a simple, sleek and graceful dress then she’s the designer for you. Her designs feature smooth silks, and minimal but eye-catching beading and draw inspiration from 1920s glam, with drop waists and beautifully beaded shift gowns. They’d be perfectly paired with a 1920s style beaded headband. Popular with international celebrities (she’s dressed Madonna, Angelina Jolie and Meryl Streep!), Johanna Johnson has boutiques in Sydney, London and New York.
(Image courtesy of johannajohnson.com)
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7. Mariana Hardwick
Think shape flattering, fine-boned corsets and it’s all about the drape and texture. Melbourne-based, Mariana Hardwick has been in the business for 30 years, and she knows exactly how to strike the balance between grandeur and couture artfulness. Hardwick’s dresses feature complete lace, nude looks, and just a hint of colour, making them truly unique.
Based in Melbourne, Mariana Hardwick’s Bridal Nouveau Collection is available in some of the best bridal boutiques in the country and the world.
(Image courtesy of marianahardwick.com.au)
8. Jennifer Regan
After graduating from the Sydney Institute Ultimo and East Sydney Fashion Design Studio, Jennifer Regan has taken her experience in fashion design, costume design, pattern making and couture processes to craft signature bridal gowns. Her trademark is that perfect combination of luxury, simplicity and fine detailing. Encouraging every bride to embrace and enhance her individuality,
Regan uses nothing but the best European laces and luxurious silks, and works with a dedicated team of artisans.
“Unique design is my passion”, says Jennifer. “My mission is to create beauty – and I am rewarded every day when I watch a woman step into one of my creations and they realise this is the one’”.
(Images courtesy of www.jenniferregan.com.au)
9. Lilli Marcs
If you’re after lustrous fabrics that float gracefully across your wedding dance floor, then look no further than Lili Marcs. With 20 years of experience, Lili Marcs designs range from the minimal and simple,
to the luxuriously embellished – there is truly something for every bride. Quality is the highest priority with the best silk and lace imported directly from Europe.
We asked Lilli a few questions:
What do you love about designing wedding gowns?
Making a brides dreams come true on their special day is what I truly love. It's such a privilege to be able to join them on their journey towards their happily ever after.
Every bride is different and l love to listen to their story to understand their wedding ideas and aspirations. With this in mind I work collaboratively with each and every bride to design their own unique gown.
What is your trademark look?
My own design collection definitely has a signature look. Recently described by Luxury Weddings as the couture queen of slinky bridal gowns, my gowns are designed to highlight and flatter a woman's natural silhouette. The backs of my gowns are just as important as the front and low feature backs are a theme throughout. This combined with exquisite detailing, beading and only the finest laces and fabrics make a gown from Lilli Marcs truly unique.
What is your inspiration when designing wedding gowns?
Inspiration can come from many different areas; from the materials I work with such as new fabrics, laces and beading to the desire to help a bride’s hopes and aspirations for their perfect day come true. I love the hollywood screen legends such as Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, their timeless style and simple elegance is definitely echoed in my design collection. The Gatsby inspired 1920's is also a source of inspiration. My gowns often feature beautiful beading from fully encrusted gowns to beaded shoulder accents, embellished gowns really can make you feel like Hollywood royalty.
(Images courtesy of www.lillimarcs.com.au)
10. Leah Da Gloria
Leah started out with the Sydney Institute of Design. After graduating in 2007 she refined her skills with some of Australia’s most distinguished labels before launching the Leah Da Gloria brand in 2012.
Since then there’s been no looking back. Her dresses fuse sleek, luxe gowns with ornate embellishment. Leah Da Gloria specialises in custom-designed gowns, hand-crafted at her studio in Sydney.
(Image courtesy of www.leahdagloria.com.au)
11. Sant Elia
If you want to push the boundaries, then Sant Elia, with their signature touch of cheekiness, might just be for you. Drawing inspiration from dark, musing European subcultures,
SANT ELIA’s Stephanie Caltabiano Cherrington, has an edgy European undercurrent that harks back to her European roots. These dresses are nothing if not lavish! Cherrington specialises in bridal lace, and her craftsmanship is reflected in the detailed embroidering, fringing and 3D floral lace throughout her collections.
(Image courtesy of santelia.com.au)
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Spoilt for choice!
The Australian ‘bride to be’ is truly spoilt for choice when it comes to the creativity and talent of home-grown wedding designers.
Whether you draw inspiration from the sleek, minimalist looks, the flattering silhouettes or the exquisite detailing, Australian wedding designers really do have that perfect look for every bride.