By Arwa Lodhi and Sophia Hussain
Just as there are different kinds of brides, so there are different styles of bridal gowns. Bridal inspiration comes in many different forms, and here we’ve chosen three that we think really stand out: the elegant style of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Bohemian Bridal wear, and more classical styles with an ethical twist. Which bride’s style suits you?
Sanyukta Shrestha: Hollywood Elegance
Here is a timeless bridal collection that is eco-friendly and an ode to the elegant Audrey Hepburn herself. The perfect look for a summer bride is a dress that is “romantic, whimsical, soft, and dreamy” – inspirational themes by London-based designer Sanyukta Shrestha.
Her Spring 2014 bridal collection is a variation of the classic “shift dress” design– made famous by the iconic American actress’s signature style. The gowns are even named after Hepburn or her films, too.
As always, Sanyukta’s elegant bridal gowns are made from sustainable bamboo fibres and organic cotton, sourced through fair-trade initiatives by talented artisans in Nepal who hand-loom and hand-embroider the gowns.
This is the perfect style to compliment the bride’s Tiffany-esque engagement ring of course!
Minna: The Bride Goes Boho
Designer Minna Hepburn is known for her ethereal (and affordable) bridal dresses. She launched her first Bridal Collection in October 2011, which became a hit with the clients all over the world. Her second collection, launched online in December 2012, stays true to her use of luxurious fabrics and hand embellished detailing while keeping everything eco-friendly.
The newest range, entitled “Love Letter” was inspired by an old petticoat and a love letter found from the local antique market. The result of this inspiration is a rather Bohemian collection that we could imagine on a bride as she enters an old Scottish cathedral to take her vows, moving onto a Medieval castle for the reception….we can only dream!
Atelier Tammam: The Responsible Bride
Based in the vibrant and historical hub of Bloomsbury, London, Atelier Tammam, marries traditional craftsmanship and a sustainable supply chain to create the first and eco-friendly bespoke wedding label in London.
The brand is dedicated to creating heirloom pieces that maintain very high ethical standards for human and animal rights, sustainability, environment, and trade.
With people learning more about the environment, human, and animal rights, on such a special day, Tammam understands that brides want to know that their dress has not been responsible for harming the planet, yet still must look incredible on their wedding day. So, she’s created classical styles that include features such as corsets and metres and metres of tulle, which make a maximum impact on the groom, but a very minimal one on the earth.