African Wedding Dress Designers

By Olaoluwa Olowu
Gone are those days when African brides-to-be would seek international brands for their wedding wears. This is because more Africans are tilting toward African brands fused with traditional fabric and urban/western materials.

More like brides are going for made by Africans for Africans.

Interestingly, these African wedding dresse designers incorporate distinct and traditional elements in their designs – which makes them vibrant and elegant

These designers also offer a wide selection of styles and designs with a certain trademark style – and will also design a custom wedding gown for you.

Check out these African designers for inspiration and start dreaming of an elegant silk, floaty chiffon and your own unique designer wedding dress.

1. Amsale Aberra

This Ethiopian-American designer Amsale Aberra started her bridal clothing line in 1980 and began to sell them in high-end stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.

By 1996, she already opened her own store on New York City’s Madison Avenue. Amsale remains one of the leading bridal designers in the industry.

Her style of designs embraces simplicity and elegance.

2. Brides by NoNA
Alexander is an Atlanta-based Nigerian designer and the creative director at Brides by NoNA. She has made a name for herself as a bespoke bridal designer of custom-made gowns.

She is one of the top African designers of bridesmaid gowns and traditional gowns for the cultural bride.

3. David Tlale
David Tlale’s brand have graced many premium fashion week platform in the world.

This South African designer’s bridal line is eye catching and jaw-dropping.

His designs ranges from Black wedding gowns and African print wedding gowns.

4. Farida Deglel
Abu Dhabi-based Farida Degle’s brand uses historic fabrics like organic Eritrea-grown cotton blended with traditional and modern designs. Her designs portray Eritrean, Middle Eastern and Western influences.

5. Gbemi Okunlola
Named London’s youngest fashion designer at the age of 11, Gbemi Okunlola won the 2009 Young Avant Garde Designer of the Year award. However, Okunlola became a British household name in 2011 at the age of 16. Now, she’s the youngest bespoke bridal designer in the UK as the creative designer behind AloNuko.

Okunlola went on to launch her own luxury custom-made bridal collection in July 2015.

6. Halima Gidado
Halima is the founder and creative director behind the Brides & Babies Inc. She is known for everything from the classic ball gown to head-turning wedding dress designs.

7. Mai Atafo
This winner of Allure Style Icon 2011 (Nigeria) has created a niche for himself in bridal designs. His brand, Mai Atafo Inspired launched a bridal line in 2011 after the creation of a successful line of men’s suits and evening wear.

His bridal line designs – “Weddings By MAI” include timeless and graceful gowns for classic brides.

8. Martial Tapolo

Martial Tapolo is a Cameroonian haute couture fashion designer. His designs have been compared to top world designers like Alexander McQueen and Givenchy. His passion for African art and design are demonstrated in his garments and bridal collections.

9. Shukri Hashi
The Somali-Brit designer in Bridal wears has done the unimaginable. He has taken the traditional red and gold silk Somali print known as “Haadiyo Daaghan,” and transforming it into a colorful bridal gown.

10. Yemi Osunkoya
He is an award-winning Nigerian UK based fashion designer. He is widely known for his edge-cutting approach to wedding and evening gowns created for Nigerian and British royalties.

His design, Kosibah, is a household name in both Nigeria and the UK.


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