Melbourne’s Bridal Fashion Scene
Melbourne is considered one of Australia’s fashion capitals, and it certainly delivers when it comes to bridal couture. Whether you are searching for a dreamy boho gown or a sleek, modern silhouette, you will be sure to find your dream dress behind the doors of one of Melbourne’s stunning bridal boutiques.
One Day Bridal
The designs of One Day Bridal are a perfect combination of edgy meets elegant. Inspired by the use of lace and intricate beading, One Day Bridal embodies the fashion conscious bride. For leading lady of One Day Bridal, Kyha, the design process stems from the fabric. “I always believe less is more. If I stick to this I usually find something beautiful evolves.”
One Day Bridal’s to die for collections are made in-house at their bridal boutique in Brighton, which is beautiful, bright and full of gorgeous gowns to try on. “We take the time to chat with you before trying any gowns on to get a better idea of your personality and style, your wedding and how you want to look on your special day. From here we hand select a range of gowns we think would be perfect based on your body shape and style. From here, the fun begins.”
There is a certain uniqueness about Georgia Young Courture. The craftsmanship of her designs is second to none, lovingly made by an experienced couturier, in-house at her Fitzroy boutique in Melbourne.
Georgia describes he design approach as backwards, but nonetheless effective. “I like to start the process backwards when creating a new collection gown. My inspiration starts with finding the right fabric, then I think of the mood I want to create. From that point I play around with a scrap of the fabric until an idea pops into my mind.”
Mariana Hardwick is a leader in bridal couture, creating exceptional and unique wedding dresses for the contemporary bride. They have set themselves apart with their sensuous vintage laces and lavish detailing, while creating form-flattering silhouettes with their sophisticated draping and corsetry techniques that they are renowned for.
For Mariana Hardwick the customer experience has always been paramount – they seek to provide the ultimate in bridal gown shopping experience and their collections offer an innovative and fresh approach to a constantly changing and evolving wedding dress industry. It is testament to their service, care and craftmanship that have seen them stand the test of time.
If you are searching for a dress that is timeless and modern, Kara Jade Designs is your go-to. Her collection features classic, sleek silhouettes adorned with exclusive and intricate details.
You can try on Kara’s divine collections at her boutique in Croydon Hills, or watch your dream wedding dress come to life by sitting down with her to have a design personally sketched up. “I aim to make each brides search for a wedding gown a truly bespoke, unforgettable experience, where their gown is no longer a product on a rack but their dream dress that they have helped to create.”
Suzanne Harward is Australia’s pioneer of bridal fashion and their high-end couture gowns are perfect for the fashion forward bride-to-be in search of a timeless, yet on trend look.
Incorporating lavish fabrics and breathtaking silhouettes, Suzanne Harward design for individuals with a sophisticated sense of style. As the most experienced couture design house in Australia, their level of craftsmanship and quality is hard to surpass. “The collections are inspired by distinctive textures and fabrics, creating gowns in unique and subtle tones. Each design is created and draped on the female form” and the result is exquisite.
Suzanne Harward continues to evolve and remain relevant at the forefront of bridal design and this is testament to their level of expertise and care as leaders in the bridal fashion industry.
No one does vintage glamour and romance like world-renowned designer, Anna Campbell. Anna’s collection boasts luxurious hand embellishments, intricately hand beaded laces and soft floating tulles.
If you visit Anna Campbell’s Armadale boutique for an initial one-hour appointment you can expect to discuss her wedding plans with an Anna Campbell stylist, be taken through each collection, before trying on you favourite styles. “We understand that a bride’s search to find her dream wedding dress is an exciting, but also very personal time, and our role is to support her any way we can in making the important decisions.”
Signor Mont Couture
Signor Mont is the pseudonym of the label’s designer, Anthony Montesano. His designs are perfect for the anything-but-typical bride. Anthony is not afraid to experiment with bold and beautiful fabrics such as French and Italian lace, soft leathers, mesh and crochet and his Italian heritage plays a large role in the aesthetics of his designs.
Anthony’s work is strictly bespoke, so you will be sure to receive a gown that is one of a kind and uniquely you. Anthony also extends his fabulous service one step further, by personally dressing all of his brides on the day. “It is a very personalised service from start to finish and my brides often feel like family once it’s all done and dusted.”
Jane Hill finds the perfect balance between elegance and simplicity with a modern edge, which makes their gowns atypical to the traditional wedding dress.Focusing on intricate hand beading or lace appliqué to add substance to their simple silhouettes, the Jane Hill team pride themselves on achieving a beautiful fit.
Brides to be have the option of selecting between two collections, Couture and White Label boutiques, giving them a choice on looks and styles as well as price points.
“In an initial consultation we take in to account not only the brides design preferences but also the venue, look and feel they’re going for and ensure the design is catered to them and their wedding.”
If you’re looking for something a little bit different to wow on your wedding day, you need not look further than Nevenka. Inspired by family heirlooms, travels and built on a beautiful foundation of her mother’s legacy, Rosemary creates signature styles of luxe bohemian chic, easily recognised in every Nevenka piece through its use of crochet and lace and embroidery placement.
The aesthetics of Nevenka are heavily influenced by Rosemary’s eastern European heritage, which is translated into exquisite cuts using only the best textiles sourced from Croatia, Italy, France, Turkey, Austria and Balkan countries.“Most of our brides are alternative brides, looking for a dress they can connect with and feels like them. We all fall in love, with the design, each other and are an important part of their journey till the dress is made and beyond.”
Silvana Tedesco loves nothing better than pushing boundaries when it comes to bridal design. She designs gowns that epitomise elegance and femininity with her signature contemporary twist. Her passion for design has seen her go from strength to strength in the industry as she knows the real beauty in a gown can often be in the fit and cut of it, something Silvana excels in. Silvana collaborates with her clients every step of the way, making the experience seamless as well as vibrant and exciting.
“My aim it to make every woman feel incredible in what she is in. When I design, I listen to her wants and needs and then add my own spin on it. I need a bride to love who she is as soon as she puts her gown on”.