9 Gowns SA designers love - Wedding Album

9 Gowns SA designers love

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We asked South Africa’s top designers to reveal their favourite wedding gowns from their collections – here’s what they had to say.

1 Stefania Morland

‘The inspiration behind this dress was a very laid-back bohemian bride, yet someone who still appreciates a bit of luxury. The silk fabric is delicately beaded with bronze and golden beads in a kaftan-style silhouette with exaggerated sleeves.’    Stefania

Dress R27 000 and headdress R5 000, both Stefania Morland

2 Janita Toerien

‘We were inspired by a bride who was looking for a simple, modern design – this dress is perfect for a bride with a contemporary style who’s not afraid to make a statement. We created a colourful geometric pattern to give the effect of rose-gold and keep the silhouette clean. And we kept the crêpe skirt a bit shorter in the front so that the bride can show off her uber stylish heels.’


Dress R32 000, Janita Toerien; earrings R650 and solid cuff R350, both Jangi; cuff R229, Topshop; heels R1 199, Steve Madden

3 Suzaan Heyns

‘The inspiration for this dress was the intricate construction techniques of couture that accentuate the female form. This dress consists of two pieces: a corset and double-layered skirt with a train. For the corset, I used a combination of oyster dupion silk, glass beads and sculpted bows. The steel boning is placed to accentuate the waist and draw one’s eye down to the draping on the skirt. I envision this dress being worn by a modern woman who appreciates classic glamour, but also likes to stand out and be an individual.’

Suzaan Corset R5 000 and skirt R7 500, both Suzaan Heyns; earrings R2 850, Ida Elsje

4 Kobus Dippenaar

‘As always, I find my inspiration in the garden. I just love flowers! So the instruction to the embroiderers was “light but dramatic”. The mikado silk satin finishes the drama of this dress.’


Dress R58 850 and shawl R16 000, both Kobus Dippenaar; headband R499, Accessorize

5 Marianne Fassler

‘I am known for my collection of vintage fabrics and how I love using them in a contemporary way. The inspiration for this dress came from the printed silk organza used for the pancake frills – it looks painted. The dress was designed for the ramp but we had a specific bride in mind; someone who likes volume and soft, undulating frills. It’s a very romantic dress that can be worn again.’


Dress R25 000, Marianne Fassler; necklace R4 500, Ida Elsje; sandals R1 299, Mimco

6 Elbeth Gillis

‘This dress was inspired by the beautiful piece of beaded fabric I had custom-made in India. The best way to show this off was with a plunging neckline, a shape reminiscent of ballet dresses. A flowing tulle or silk chiffon skirt offers versatility and adds romance, while the skinny belt option is a contemporary twist. This is a style for the modern bride looking for something a bit different.’


Dress R20 300, Elbeth Gillis; earrings R200, Lulu Belle; bangles (part of set) R189, Topshop


‘This dress was made for our Bedtime Stories collection, inspired by fairy-tale characters. We wanted to make dresses that children dream about: big ball gowns in tulle and lace, embellished with 3D flowers and crystals. It has a traditional vintage silhouette from the Forties and Fifties when couture was at its height. This bride has been dreaming of her wedding dress forever and now that she’s found her Prince Charming, it’s our job to make that dream come true.’


Dress R18 000, KLûK CGDT; necklace R399, Topshop; flowers (worn in hair), The Rose Cafe

8 Lara Klawikowski

‘The collection was inspired by the awkwardness, uncertainty and unnecessary pressure young women sometimes feel while getting dressed for an event. I created a collection for women who want to dress up differently, unconventionally and unexpectedly, wearing pieces they find intriguing. I explored the history of corsetry and the intricacy of old-fashioned construction details and drew inspiration from early 20th-century beach scenes, a time when a more relaxed approach to stringent corsetry was emerging. The woman I envision wearing this dress is young at heart, intriguing and values her own authenticity.’


Dress R3 400, Lara Klawikowski; necklace R1 050, Lulu Belle; ring R200, Jangi; flowers, The Rose Cafe

9 Gavin Rajah

‘The dress was inspired by the beautiful piece of cobweb lace on the top. The flowers were individually hand-painted and then stitched on with tiny crystals. The dress is a style that suits most body shapes. It’s perfect for a bride who wants to look feminine and romantic yet wants to wear something finely crafted in luxurious fabric.’


Dress R18 999, Gavin Rajah; headband R399, Accessorize

Text Rochelle Malherbe

Photography Sarah Woods/HSMimages.co.za