Explore the best wedding dress designers in Cape Town and the Western Cape. Here is our selection of the top wedding dress designers, recommended by wedding professionals and brides. Click on the Request an Appointment button below to request an appointment or quote from all listed here, or contact them individually.
Cindy Bam is a Cape Town based designer, who has channelled her passion for design into the world of bridal gowns. Working from her studio in Long Street, Cape Town, she creates luxury gowns that evoke drama and glamour of past eras whilst still maintaining a modern edge.
Soon after finishing her studies in 1993, Cindy moved to France, where she experienced the elegance of classic French design. She returned to South Africa in 1996, moved to Cape Town where she has gained invaluable experience as a designer. Her work not only reflects her love for design but also celebrates the sensuality, romance and spirit of women.
Using only the very best fabrics, Cindy’s designs are known for their superior fit with a modern, timeless touch. Every gown is hand-made, lovingly crafted by an in-house team of seamstresses and beaders who share in the Cindy Bam culture – to offer exceptional quality in product and service.
In addition to her bespoke design service, Cindy Bam offers a range of unique, ready-to-wear bridal gowns, available for purchase or hire. (t&c) Clients have the opportunity to try on various styles to see what best suits their figure and personality. All clients are assured of Cindy’s personal attention throughout the process and can always look forward to a warm welcome and a relaxed studio environment.
A firm favourite amongst South African celebrities, Cindy Bam clients include Jo-Ann Strauss, Jeannie D, Candice Boucher, Leigh-Ann Williams, Vanessa Marawa, Lyndall Jarvis and Jeanne Kietzmann.
Cindy, you made my wedding dress dreams come true! I am so glad that I found you and had you create such a beautiful dress for me. Every consultation with you was so special, you have an amazing way of engaging with your brides and solely focusing on them. Thank you for everything in the lead up to my wedding and being so understanding!! You truly left a lasting impression and I will always recommend you!! – Tanisha Malan
The story of our gowns is one of art and beauty, artisan skills, and ancient craftsmanship steeped in the magical world of couture. Influenced by an undying affinity with the romance of bohemia, our signature slow luxury aesthetic is grounded in ancient artisan techniques, uncomplicated styling, and easy elegance. Designed and hand-cut our couture gowns are hand-beaded in our quiet Atelier in India. Using the ancient Indian art of Tambour, each bead is carefully hand-sewn onto the finest silk by local master craftsmen and women over a three to six-month process. Tambour Beading was first introduced to the Western world in 18th century France, where it was named after the French word for drum.
Its origins, some believe, are from Gujarat, India, where it was recognised as early as the 16th century as a technique used for beading luxurious designs onto fine fabrics. Lovingly hand-dyed in loose-leaf White Tea, our gowns celebrate a feminine and carefree romanticism with delicate hand beading and embroidery using the ancient Indian art of Tambour.
We strive to encourage handmade creations and work to honour and protect the craft of Tambour in every collection. We incorporate this age-old technique into each design as it produces finer, more intricate work than machine beading, which is a favoured method in garment manufacturing today.
I wore the most incredible Bo & Luca gown which they call the Hudson. Bo & Luca were the only dress brand I visited and as soon as I put the Hudson gown on I was finished. The gown was made from the most beautiful satin that was silky soft. It fit like a glove and was so comfortable. I remember walking into the showroom with one specification in mind for my gown. “I would like to be able to sit barefoot on the grass with my legs crossed.” The Hudson gown allowed for that movement, especially when on the dance floor! – Amber Abrahams
Founded in 1997, Elbeth Gillis is internationally known for her bridal and evening couture. Relentless in her pursuit of distinction and refinement, Elbeth searches for only the most opulent French laces and the most sumptuous silks, satins and chiffons made by prestigious fabric houses that are known to supply royalty.
“As a young girl, I was surrounded by the beauty of fabrics. I was brought up in a family of creatives who designed and hand-created our own clothing, my aunts and mother made their own designs and they brought beauty and grace to the garments they sewed. I knew then and by the age of 12, I was determined to study fashion! Bridal and dress designing is actually the only career I have done! I am now designing the 23rd collection for Elbeth Gillis, when a bride comes to us for a bridal gown, they are receiving a wealth of history and dress designing!”
Stocked by boutiques around the world, Elbeth takes private appointments in Cape Town, South Africa. At the Elbeth Gillis Atelier, each gown is carefully handcrafted to ensure impeccable fit and quality.
I would like to thank you and the rest of the team, for that wonderful dress. There was not a second, that I was feeling uncomfortable in it or that I wanted to get changed. It partied through the night, resisted the bush and the sand and kept up to all expectations. Getting the dress from you, was one of the best decisions I made regarding the wedding. I added the sneak peaks, that I received from our photographer. You are welcome to use them if you wish. – Kerstin
Alana van Heerden is a bridal designer who creates bespoke wedding gowns for her clients. Capturing the essence of a bride’s individuality is what lies at the heart of Alana’s design philosophy. ‘There is no bride more beautiful than the one who embraces her uniqueness, and stays true to her personal style’. With 10 years experience in the wedding industry, she has guided over 500 brides through the exciting yet daunting process of having a dress custom-made. Her gowns are designed and constructed to fit the exact measurements of each bride, and she prides herself in using exquisite quality fabrics and trimmings.
From entering underneath the ivy covered arch to walking into Alana’s tranquil studio – I knew that I had found a person who would collaborate to design a dream dress for me. Alana is not only an incredible person but also a highly skilled professional. Her knowledge of fabrics and design elements – phenomenal. The small team of ladies who assist her are wonderful and collectively they created a unique and dreamy dress for me. I am grateful – thank you!
Robyn Roberts Studio offers a unique experience to brides looking for the perfect wedding gown. If you are looking for a ready-to-wear dress, a custom design or a hiring option – we are here to work closely with you. Our dresses are proudly designed and made in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2020, we celebrated 25 years of dressing the dreams of our brides.
We offer a custom wedding dress experience, allowing you to combine all elements of your favourite inspirations to help you find your dream dress. During your consultation, you will be able to try on a variety of our existing designs and will receive styling advice for your body type. We also stock a full and diverse ready-to-wear range at our studio, including sizes 8-18 in a variety of styles and silhouettes. In addition, we have both bridesmaids and mother-of-the-bride/groom collections available at our flagship studio in Cape Town, along with a bespoke collection of shoes and accessories.
Thank you to Robyn and her team for my exquisite wedding dress. From my very first appointment they made me feel comfortable and at ease. All the dresses are beautiful and unique and with a variety of options for all body shapes, sizes and budgets you really are spoiled for choice. – Samantha Tos
We are a proudly South African brand, rooted off-the-beaten path and looking to create more than just a wedding dress. Yeah, we want your wedding dress to tell the story of you. That’s right, no “fabulous” taglines, no “glamorous” pitches. We want your dress to be 100% you…a little off-beat, a little quirky, a little bit princess. Whatever that might be. We love what we do, we love doing it with pride.
Our core business is custom made wedding dresses, that’s what we specialize in and that is what we’re known for. Have a look at our gallery of dresses made throughout the years and feel free to email us to set up an appointment for a consultation on having your dress custom designed and made.
Not into having one custom made? Then we can happily offer the option of hiring/buying one of our couture dresses. We have a limited selection of once-off couture gowns of which only one is made ensuring you still have a unique dress and look.
Janita made all my wedding dreams come true. I knew from the beginning that I wanted an alternative wedding dress and going to the fabric shop with her was such an adventure. We visualised, experimented and dreamed up the perfect dress, my perfect dress! My dress is a work of art filled with stories and special emotions that I will never forget. Thank you Janita for being a part of the happiest day of our lives! – Claire Vögeli
Stephen Van Eeden is a Cape Town based fashion designer specialising in bridal gowns, red carpet evening gowns and luxurious resort ready-to-wear. Stephen was one of the 12 designers selected to compete on the first season of Project Runway South Africa that premiered in 2018. With more than 12 years experience in the South African fashion industry, Stephen has attained the ability to connect knowledge, past experiences and creativity to successfully drive his brand. His wedding gowns are described as “Unique pieces that are not aimed at camouflaging a woman, but dressing and enhancing her feminine character.” His couture atelier is known for innovative design, quality fabrics and meticulous couture finishes. His design aesthetic is feminine, modern and glamorous.
Thank you for making me my dream wedding gown! Also for coming and dressing me! It was a whirlwind day and I’m not quite sure we would have made it through without you guys! Thank you for everything Stephen! – Carla
Calegra Bridal House sells wedding dresses designed by the most trendy and fashion forward designers South Africa has to offer. Made to measurement and attention to detail is what brides can expect. Our service is impeccable, our quality is outstanding. We offer a variety of wedding dress styles that are fashionable yet elegant, modern yet bridal.
I went to a number of places to try on dresses, but none of them even come close to the exceptional service I received, and quality of dresses at Calegra. Karen and her team made me feel welcome and calmed me down from the moment I first stepped in, and the whole experience of buying my dress was one of the highlights of my wedding. The dresses themselves are of the highest standard, and offer styles I didn’t see anywhere else. My dress was made to fit me like a glove. – Carla Botha
Erin Greyling Wedding Lab is a bridal gown and accessories boutique, we make bespoke and custom wedding dresses as well have many ready-made dresses. Our dresses are locally made as well as imported to tailor for all budgets.
We offer a unique fitting experience you will struggle to find elsewhere. We would love to help you find your perfect dress or make your dream gown to the highest standards for purchase or rental. Your dress will be made to fit you perfectly, with the utmost care and attention to detail. Situated in Somerset West.
Today I am beyond thankful. Thankful for who you, your warm heart and that you made the making of a dress so much less stressful. Maybe a tip for future brides: Erin did the unthinkable and unimaginable I was living in the Free State and as you know she lives in Somerset West. Once I finally knew what I wanted she pulled it off to make my dream wedding dress a reality with only two fittings and it was perfect. She captured my dress perfectly as I wanted a dress that is classic, simple but also elegant. A dress that propose me in my new title as wife. It was truly a special journey with Erin, she did not only make me feel pretty on the day but also before the big day. I can truly recommend you to any future brides, you made me feel like the only bride. Thanks for everything Erin, I really could not ask anyone else. – Esté
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Undeniably the moment every bride has been waiting for! You might already have your perfect wedding dress designed in your head. You might have a Pinterest album crammed with wedding dresses you adore. You might have no idea what you want yet… not to worry.
Every bride has a style and of course every bride has something to flaunt and perhaps some parts they’d rather conceal a little. A good design and fit is paramount! You will be in your dress all day, so it has to be comfortable to dance and move in. However unlike every other day of your life it won’t be a comfort vs style battle. Have both!
Once you have picked your dress, make sure alterations have been taken into consideration with the time that there is left. You want it to be absolutely perfect. Complete your bridal ensemble with veil, shoes, jewelry and any other chosen accessories – follow your designers advice on what goes with the tones of your dress.
Here are some wedding dress trends to take into consideration when choosing your dream dress:
• The modern bride is edgy and has attitude. Take your personality into account when choosing your dress. Don’t reinvent yourself on your wedding day, rather be true to yourself.
• Blush is the new white.
• Ball gown? Think fluffy, weightless and whimsical.
• Winter wedding? Coat dresses, long sleeves and high necklace have never been more beautiful.