A wedding is one of the most special days for a bride. That is the day when all the attention is on her. She is pampered and made to feel like a queen. It is but important and obvious that on this auspicious occasion, a bride would definitely want to look the best. And by best I mean, a designer wedding dress.
A bride’s most important mission is to find a dress so beautiful and surreal, that all the other people watching her will be stunned and in awe. A bride wants that her wedding dress should be one of a kind. A bride wants her wedding dress to look like a dream. And some of our Indian designers do exactly that i.e design a dream. Listed below are 10 designers who excel at making designer wedding dresses.
1. Ritu Kumar
Ritu Kumar’s designs focus on natural fabrics and traditional printing and weaving techniques. She has also included Western elements in her work, but has generally not innovated beyond traditional sari designs. Her collections have always been par excellence and have managed to create a beautiful amalgamation of class and craftsmanship. Her clothes have also been worn by celebrities such as Princess Diana, Madhur Jaffrey and Jemima Goldsmith.
Her bridal wear collections are always made up of rich fabrics like crepe, georgette, silk etc. With intricate designs and embellishments, her gorgeous bridal wears can make any girl look stunning on her wedding day.
Celebrity Spotting : Dia Mirza wore a Ritu Kumar outfit for her wedding day. A traditional joda, the ensemble consists of a kurta, farshi paijama and a dupatta, comprising of gold sharara with green and blue detailing and banarsi border at the bottom.
2. Anju Modi
Anju Modi is the toast of the season. She is the designer behind the magnum opus ‘Bajirao Mastani’ and before that ‘Ram Leela’. And if her designs are anything to go by, she is the epitome of dream dressing.
Modi is known to draw inspiration from the rich textile heritage and design legacy spread over the diverse geographies of India.
Her gorgeous bridal collections are what a bride can dream of to wear for her wedding.
3. Manish Malhotra
Bollywood’s ‘IT’ man when it comes to fashion, Manish Malhotra has never disappointed. He is one of the most celebrated designers in India. He oozes style and charisma in all of his garments & his designs reflect the contemporary age. His garments are known for their intricate and glamorized craftsmanship.
Celebrity Spotting: For the exchange of vows, Kareena wore a decades old gharara belonging to the Pataudis.
After the ceremony, Kareena changed into a burgundy embellished gharara with maroon dupatta by Manish Malhotra.
4. Shyamal & Bhumika
Shyamal & Bhumika Shodhan are a famous designer couple, whose designs are known for their bridal couture and pret collections. They completely believe in using artisan techniques while creating their masterpieces. They love working with Indian embroideries, hand-woven fabrics and age-old craft techniques. The designer duo are also involved in the research & revival of various dying arts and crafts.
They are globally known for their Indian wear collections and they retail from stores in Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai and Ahmedabad as well as New York and Chicago.
5. Neeta Lulla
Neeta Lulla is one of India’s most successful costume designers, couturiers and fashion stylists. Her magnum opus creations are a perfect blend of traditional and contemporary designs. Some of her best works have been seen in the movie “Jodha Akbar”.
Although a versatile designer, her forte lies in bridal trousseau and her designs range from being simple to extravagant. So, it is totally possible to find something outrageously extravagant and subtly simple at the same time.
Celebrity Spotting: Neeta Lulla has designed the wedding trousseau for Aishwarya Rai and Esha Deol. Aishwarya Rai looked beautiful in a traditional Golden Kanjeevaram lehenga-saree while Esha Deol wore a Red and Gold Kanjeevaram saree with a Golden Blouse which was remodeled by Neeta Lulla.
6. Tarun Tahiliani
Tarun Tahiliani is best known for his ability to infuse Indian craftsmanship and textile heritage with European tailored silhouette. His signature is to combine traditional aesthetics with modern design. Over the years, he also became known for his bridal wear.
He is the first designer to introduce Italian pattern cutting. Boasting of a global clientele is his biggest strength and goodwill.
Celebrity Spotting: Shilpa Shetty wore a Tarun Tahiliani red Swarovski crystals-embellished sari for her wedding.
Sabyasachi is known as the designer who pays immense attention to details. His signature style is originality as he moves between stunningly crafted bridal wear and perfectly structured western statements. He uses the right hint of opulent texture, class and sheer extravagance.
He pioneered the use of Indian textiles in a modern context. His unique contribution was the use of indigenous methods like bandhani, gota work, block printing, hand dyeing et cetera in construction of modern silhouettes.
Many might remember him as the dream designer on the popular wedding show ‘Band Baaja Bride’.
Celebrity Spotting: Vidya Balan wore a simple red kanjeevaram saree by Sabyasachi for her wedding.
8. Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla
Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla is a major name in the fashion industry and they are regarded as the pioneers of Indian style. Their work is a wonderful blend of perfect craftsmanship and luxurious fabrics. Their garments are beautiful intricately crafted pieces.
Classical elegance is their signature style. Finest fabrics , impossibly fine hand-embroidery, delicate embellishments and flawless finishing are their hallmarks. They are apparently the first designers to include chikan work in their bridal dresses.
The Bachchans are a loyal client to this designer duo. The family have been spotted wearing their creations many times.
Celebrity Spotting: The designer duo designed a gorgeous wedding outfit for Salman Khan’s sister, Arpita Khan’s wedding.
9. Shantanu & Nikhil
Shantanu & Nikhil Mehra are sibling designer duo who have created a comfortable space for themselves in the fashion industry. Originally, they had started with menswear but eventually they started working towards female couture and before you know it, their bridal creations made a mark in the fashion world and helped in building their clientele.
Their contemporary mixed with traditional designs is what makes a dream wear for a new-age bride on her wedding.
Celebrity Spotting: Dia Mirza was spotted wearing a beautiful Shantanu-Nikhil number for her post wedding reception. Sania Mirza too wore a red lehenga designed by them for her reception in Sialkot.
10. JJ Valaya
JJ Valaya is a noted fashion designer in India who dabbles in luxury and couture fashion. Every design of his is a masterpiece on its own. He remains one of the biggest names in the bridal trousseau market in India.
His collections define class and extravagance. A bride is bound to feel like a royal queen on her wedding day.
Celebrity Spotting: Gul Panag wore a pretty onion-pink lehenga by JJ Valaya for her big day.
So girls, get your wedding trousseau inspired by some of these awesome Indian designers and make your big day a dream come true!!