When it comes to how to plan a wedding, there’s plenty to consider: the venue, the food, the guest list, writing that wedding ceremony script, and the music, for example. But top of the priority list for any bride-to-be is, of course, the wedding gown.
No matter what kind of wedding you are planning – be it a small eco-friendly ceremony or a lavish and luxurious party, the wedding dress is the key to success. It’s important not to leave the wedding dress decision until last minute – there are plenty of ethical wedding dress designers whose work you’ll want to inspect, and even after you’ve managed to sift through their creates and have chosen a style, it takes time to sew a gown, especially since most are bespoke.
But we’re here to help! We’ve found some of the best ethical wedding dress designers, whose works capture the beauty of the female body. Their styles are diverse enough to accommodate brides of different shapes and sizes, and their carefully chosen vintage, sustainable and deadstock fabrics represent sustainable fashion, too.
Finally, Stella has launched a vegan friendly bridal collection! The designer of Meghan Markle’s wedding reception dress calls this collection Made With Love, and it features nine different styles of lace, chiffon and other luxurious couture fabrics. Each of the eight bespoke gowns (and one ivory tuxedo) are made with clean, eco-friendly materials that are uniquely Stella McCartney.
This California based brand is set on celebrating all body types with its effortless silhouettes and sustainable fabrics. It only takes about a month to bring your design to life – but the perfect fit is the brand’s priority Its extended sizes collection goes up to size 22, and there are even gowns for brides with a full DD cup. Rescued deadstock fabrics and repurposed vintage clothing make the dresses not only affordable and eco-friendly, but also truly unique.
This wedding dress designer is world-renowned for her eco-friendliness and sustainable high-end fashion. Daring silhouettes, cuts and colours are masterfully combined with a timeless aesthetic. Sanyukta is inspired by inner beauty, and wants her dresses to reflect the personalities each client – the finest details of the wedding gowns and hand tailored to each bride. You can feel really good about wearing one of her gowns knowing that her eco-friendly, non-chemically enhanced materials provide Fairtrade work for poor communities in her home country of Nepal.
This wedding brand by Finnish designer Minna Hepburn is known for its vintage-inspired ethical bridal gowns, and Minna is committed to helping brides find their eco-friendly dream dress at an affordable price, too. Her clients are women of various size, age and walk of life who lust after a handcrafted wedding gown embellished with sustainable, organic, and recycled textiles. Ms Hepburn has also recently launched another organic label, Indiebride, with a range of shorter, sassier dresses. Local manufacturing and zero waste pattern cutting techniques make this brand one of the top choices for the ethical bride.
5. Christy Dawn
Based in Los Angeles, designer Christy Dawn is inspired by timeless style. Every wedding gown is handmade using deadstock and vintage fabric, lending them a flowy, boho vibe. These ethically and locally made gowns are sewn by skillful artisans in a small, southern town, instilling your dress with happy, positive vibes.
World-renowned designer Deborah Lindquist offers a range of sustainable bridal gowns made from recycled and organic fabrics. ‘The Green Queen’ of Los Angeles has designed for a variety of A-listers, including Rihanna, Christina Aguilera, Pink and Sharon Stone. Her exquisite designs feature embellishments such as semi-precious stones, crystals or vintage jewels to truly bedazzle.
7. Leila Hafzi
One of the first sustainable wedding dress designers, Leila Hafzi continues to inspire. Her ethical and eco-conscious bridal designs empower women from around the world with their flattering shapes and luxurious fabrics. Handmade silk lace, embroidered silks, and intricately beaded details bring elements from different cultures together into exciting pieces of wearable craftwork.
8. Ann Wiberg
Ann Wiberg Bridal Couture dresses are the very image of poetry, where modernist trends meet romance. Wiberg is quite popular among Hollywood celebrities for her unique style, and her other brand, Trash Couture, also emphasizes sustainability, since these stunning dresses are made with antique fabrics, lace, and beads. Her prevailing style has a definite baroque aesthetic, with a touch of rock-n-roll thrown in, too.
A wedding is a day when the love is in the air – so why don’t you Wear Your Love? Organic cotton, natural silk chiffon, and soft English tulle fabrics make this brand sustainable. Ethereal layers come to life with every small movement, no matter which style you choose, be it a cropped boho halter dress or a delicate, classical lace design worthy of a royal wedding.
10. Naeem Khan
‘Slow fashion made in America’ is the motto of Naeem Khan, the maker of this absolutely stunning beaded and embroidered gown. Designed with a V-neckline, a fitted body, flared long sleeves and flared skirt, there’s a touch of 30’s nostalgia with this style.
Choosing a wedding dress can be fun and adventurous – but sometimes it can also be quite a challenge. Turn your search for a dress into a luxurious tour of sorts as you browse through these collections to find the one that was truly made for you.
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