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Haute Couture Wedding Dresses
The best High Fashion Labels
Some of the best wedding dress designers for that dream look
by Giorgia Torsello
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It’s never too early to start dreaming (big) about your wedding dress. Daring and demanding brides looking for a unique, masterfully crafted dress should consider an haute couture bridal gown, a magnificent display of elegance and creative flair with complex workmanship and fine fabrics that is sure to make heads turn.
The collections presented during the Paris Haute Couture Week offer a glimpse of the hottest wedding dress trends to come. Nothing is too much: exaggerated trains, plunging necklines, A-lines, shoulder details, capes and veils, gorgeous embroidery, sheer elements, crystals and feathers.
We’ve rounded up the world’s best high fashion houses, from iconic couturiers to emerging talents, for you to find the perfect haute couture dress for a fairytale wedding.
Since its foundation by Christian Dior, this high-fashion house has evolved under the creative eye of a wealth of designers. They have set trends collection after collection, bringing a touch of personality to the creations while aligning with the label’s identity. You’ll find a range of options, including floaty fairytale dresses with exquisite embroidery worthy of a royal wedding; draped and pleated dresses for contemporary goddesses; and the label’s legendary New Look, complete with bar jacket and skirt – a great choice for civil weddings. Each and every Dior Couture wedding dress enhances beauty, resulting in graceful silhouettes.
Both on the Paris catwalk and at the altar, Chanel Haute Couture wedding dresses have made and continue to make history, with a timeless iconic aesthetic that celebrates ultra-femininity without overly doing so. Embellished without excessive fanfare, Chanel dresses often have a subtle punk flair. You’ll find tasteful sheath dresses or suits made with boucle fabrics, and beautiful floor or ankle-length dresses with collars and buttons. Chanel brides defy traditional bridal norms.
Rome-born Paris-based designer Giambattista Valli has an ultra-romantic style that never disappoints. His creations feature gravity-defying proportions, dramatic volumes, exaggerated trains, flounces and ruffles aplenty, oversized bows, floral patterns, state of the art drapery, and a riot of floating tulle. His creations are designed for eccentric brides who are utterly feminine and exuberant – brides that never cease to surprise friends and family, even on the most important day of their lives.
Legendary Italian fashion label and Haute Couture House, Valentino has always been synonymous with class and elegance. The designer has dressed royalty and international celebrities for their big day, including Liz Taylor, Claudia Schiffer, Jackie O and J.LO. The label offers couture wedding dresses to suit all tastes, with clean and essential – almost monastic – lines, and sublime silhouettes embellished with floral decorations or stunning heavy silk. Guaranteed to wow.
Paris-based Lebanese designer Elie Saab creates fairytale Haute Couture wedding dresses that are the stuff of bridal daydreams. The dresses are triumphal and opulent, yet also ethereal, suspended in a limbo between dream and reality. Neutral color palettes, gentle pastel tones and classic whites marry beautifully with fairytale silhouettes with fitted bodices and infinite trains. The dresses are adorned with sparkles and crystals, baroque details, pearl embroidery and floral embellishments.
Georges Hobeika has risen swiftly in the global fashion industry. Inspired by the Middle East, he creates both opulent and showy pieces that are rich in details and sparkling features, alongside fresh and glamorous outfits that are decidedly more lively and colorful than those created by his Lebanese counterparts. Recalling the beauty of nature, his dresses are a great choice for young and fashionable brides-to-be who want to make a statement and reject tradition.
The very essence of luxury, Ashi Studio is a young Beirut-based high fashion house launched in 2007 by Mohammed Ashi. Catering to a distinct clientele that includes socialites and celebrities, it swiftly gained international recognition as an illustrious label. Its luminous, aerodynamic designs almost have a life of their own, with artistically beautiful layers, fine hand-decorated fabrics, and sharp cut shapes that envelop the curves of the body. Echoing the designer’s Arab roots yet inspired by diverse cultures, each piece is designed to mesmerize and take your breath away.
Haute Couture wedding dresses by Parisian fashion house Givenchy have dressed Audrey Hepburn, Kim Kardashian and Meghan Markle. The label’s diverse, contemporary collections are designed with a variety of women in mind. Givenchy’s deceivingly simple silk suits and plain tunics are perfect for formal and civil ceremonies, while its sculptural swirly dresses with plenty of volume feature flounces, ruching and cascades of details that recall the shape of delicate flowers.
Exotic, dramatic and bursting with energy, Paris-based Middle Eastern designer Zuhair Murad is proud of his roots. His style is all but minimalist, with sumptuous, imposing creations that exude an aura of mystery. His pieces are considered timeless works of art rather than simple items of clothing. Offering unbridled luxury, his fairytale dresses are intricately embellished with fine embroidery details, while his elaborate cathedral veils and cloaks are adorned with feathers, lace, beads, Swarovski crystals and sequins.
Italian pioneer of celebrity Red-Carpet fashion, Giorgio Armani captivates women of all ages with his haute couture wedding creations that exude sober elegance and timeless femininity. With essential, clean, flowing lines devoid of frilly details, the dresses are made with delicate textiles and feature graceful movements, effortlessly enveloping the silhouette of the wearer. Perfect for all manner of events, whether a highly formal wedding or a simple garden ceremony.
Azzi & Osta
A rising star in the world of haute couture, Beirut-based Azzi & Osta was created in 2010 by George Azzi and Assaad Osta. Offering contemporary luxury wedding dresses crafted from soft fabrics such as tulle and organza, the label’s structured silhouettes feature dramatic asymmetrical volumes. Feminine, sophisticated and with a vintage spirit, the dresses are the result of technical mastery and exceptional artistic flair. The label is committed to sustainability, limiting waste and donating leftover inventory to emerging designers.