Wedding Dress Designers for the Fashion-Forward Bride

Every bride has their own idea of the ideal wedding gown, but if you’re a lover of runway shows and everything fashionable, it stands to reason that you’ll be looking for a fashion-forward wedding dress! As a luxury wedding photographer, I absolutely love that. If you yearn for something daring and exciting, unique and beautiful, read on to see my favourite wedding dress designers for the fashion-forward bride. 

11 Fashion-Forward Wedding Dress Designers

  • Christie Nicole
  • About Phaedra
  • Lola Varma
  • & For Love
  • Alexandra Grecco
  • Vivienne Westwood
  • Monique Lhuillier
  • Halfpenny London
  • Emma Beaumont
  • The Own Studio
  • Viktor & Rolf

Christie Nicole

Christie Nicole Bridal, who previously specialised in custom-made gowns, has created Adele, a collection of dramatic, edgy, and ethereal pieces that brides dream of wearing.

Christie’s emotions are poured into each design, which represents everything she is as a person and a brand. Adele, an ode to Christie’s grandmother, was born from the combination of beautiful and unique fabric pairings and bold design details.

The romantic and feminine touch of hand-sewn floral 3D appliqué, delicate and intricate beading, romantic billowing & voluminous sleeves crafted from textured tulle is featured throughout the collection, staying true to her brand.

This luxury wedding dress designer takes pride in making each experience unique and all pieces are custom-made to order for the fashion-forward bride, giving you the opportunity to personalise your gown.

About Phaedra

About Phaedra‘s dresses have an ineffable quality that transcends the ordinary, thanks to their thoughtful intricate details. Unexpected textures are created by hand using unique textural processes, resulting in dresses that are contemporary and feminine, refined yet imperfect. ​

​This fashion-forward wedding dress designer evokes quiet confidence as well as individual creative expression.

Lola Varma

Courtney Illfield, the creator of Lola Varma, created a line of minimalist bridal wear.

This luxury wedding dress designer discovered as a fashion and wedding photographer that many women didn’t connect with the common sweep of garments, traditional details, and dated silhouettes.

So, she created a collection of unconventional bridal wear for these individuals, who are edgy and unconstrained by convention.

The separates and gowns aim to reflect the air of our era and the desires of the modern woman, by fusing high fashion and everyday wear.

The garments are minimal and elegant, and they honour a subtle beauty. The ivory tones of a sun-bleached plain, the sheer drapes that ripple with a warm breeze, the contours of a woman’s form. Perfect for the fashion-forward bride.

& For Love

& For Love is a contemporary bridal and ceremonial brand that draws inspiration from real life and real love.

They believe that their brides are at the forefront of the new bride– a cool chick who believes it’s okay to break the rules and understands that looking like a bride simply means wearing a killer outfit that makes her feel amazing.

They are a luxury wedding dress designer who believes in authentic, effortless, and elegant styles, for those fashion-forward brides who believe this too. 

Alexandra Grecco

Alexandra Grecco is a luxury wedding dress designer based in New York, who creates truly luxurious gowns for the modern, fashion-forward bride.

With minimal clean lines and a fresh take on romantic designs, this designer keeps an eye on fashion while focusing on beautifully imagined details such as botanical full skirts, signature 3D embroidery, and fresh sophisticated silhouettes, allowing you to tell a timeless story of modern-day love.

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood has the ability to ground her designs in history and nostalgia while also moving forward, pushing boundaries, and creating something ultra-modern.

Her bridal collection allows fashion-forward brides to be daring and outrageous while still embracing their traditional wedding day vision. It’s such a unique and beautiful balance!

Monique Lhuillier

Monique Lhuillier is a wedding dress designer who captures the essence of sophisticated luxury by evoking the femininity, allure, and glamour that have made her a design icon. 

Monique’s natural sense of style and understanding of a woman’s desire to look and feel beautiful is evident in her bridal collections. Her evening gowns are frequently seen on the red carpet, and her celebrity brides can be seen on many front covers.

Halfpenny London

Luxury wedding dress designer Kate Halfpenny takes us on a journey through her eponymous brand’s history with each new collection, as existing favourites are updated and reimagined for this new decade, while keeping an eye firmly on the future with exclusive new gowns and separates to complement her already extensive offering.

For the fashion-forward bride, I love how this designer offers an extensive range of wedding gowns and bridal separates!

Emma Beaumont

Emma Beaumont has nailed it in the most elegant way possible. Her most recent collection, Tabley 2022, has blown us all away with its exquisite decadence and heavily embellished gowns.

If you’re looking for a luxury wedding dress, this collection includes eight dresses that are all very different from one another, with pearl beading, feathers, floral appliqué, and ruffles for a show-stopping effect.

The Own Studio

The Own Studio, based in London, is known for its modern take on bridal wear. The brand takes pride in creating garments that are meant to last beyond your wedding day.

This wedding dress designer creates fits for the modern, fashion-forward bride, championing individuality and a unique take on the traditional wedding look. In fact, their most recent collection was designed to give brides complete customisation.

Detachable sleeves and overlays, sleek trousers, and mini, maxi, and midaxi skirts allow brides to plan and personalise every aspect of their wedding wardrobe.

You can mix and match different separates to completely customise your look. Bustiers can be worn with a variety of skirt lengths. Overlays made of organza or feathers can be purchased to add a personal touch. 

Viktor & Rolf

Viktor & Rolf Mariage is the artistic interpretation of bridalwear by Viktor & Rolf, adhering to unexpected elegance, conceptual glamour, and provocative couture.

Each dress in the collection has its own distinct personality– the collection name, which uses the French pronunciation of ‘Mariage,’ pays homage to the brand’s Parisian fashion home while also emphasising Viktor & Rolf’s deeply rooted fashion heritage as an Haute Couture Maison.

Choose your wedding dress designer for a luxury wedding

Now you know my favourite wedding dress designers for the fashion-forward bride, you will be able to feel like true royalty on your wedding day in the gown of your dreams.

With the help of these luxury brands, you’ll have the right dress for you that you look great in, feel comfortable in and that takes all of your guests’ breath away– what more could you want?

I am a luxury wedding photographer, so if you would like someone to capture your day in all its beauty for you to remember, then get in touch!