If you’re a South Asian bride-to-be, chances are you’ve been dreaming about the wedding lehenga you’re going to wear for one of the special days of your life. But are you unsure of where to start on your bridalwear search? Are you overwhelmed by so many choices, designs, and styles? To help you with your search, we’ve rounded up some of the best wedding dresses from South Asia’s top designers (you’ll be pleased to know there are no ASOS designs in view) to give you some bridal inspiration. So whether you’re more traditional or you’re looking to take an unconventional route, we’ve got you covered!
1. Sabyasachi – Traditional Bridalwear
When it comes to South Asian bridalwear, Sabyasachi is synonymous with designing exquisite lehengas that exude bridal perfection. The couturier hones his craft by creating meaningful designs that reflect his home city, Kolkata. His bridalwear collections adhere to traditional customs, where he encompasses bold botanical work, intricate hand embroidery, and intense color. This stunning lehenga epitomizes why Sabyasachi is one of the best in the industry – the rich burgundy color on velvet, striking attention to detail in the embroidery, and the flattering silhouette will make heads turn when the bride makes their entrance. If you’re looking to wear traditionally inspired bridalwear for your day, look no further than Sabyasachi’s breathtaking designs.
2. Tarun Tahiliani – Ethereal Bridalwear
Tarun Tahiliani is a pioneer when it comes to designing stunning bridalwear. Tahiliani makes a conscious effort to make brides feel comfortable on their wedding day. In an interview, he stated, “Most brides are concerned about other people looking heavier than them. You should be able to move around, have fun, and dance in your wedding attire”. As well as his commitment to comfort, Tahiliani is known for blending traditional Indian charm with a modern design to create outstanding couture and bridal pieces. This gold bridal lehenga is no exception. The lehenga encompasses hand-painted motifs, Swarovski crystals, lace, and zardozi work. In addition, Tahiliani embraces western touches by fusing a peplum bodice into the design. The tulle veil with the lace borders completes the lehenga beautifully. This lightweight, delicate lehenga will make a bride look graceful and ethereal on her wedding day.
3. HSY – Royal-Inspired Bridalwear
Hassan Sheheryar Yasin, popularly known as HSY, specializes in creating beautiful bridal and couture wear inspired by Pakistani, Middle Eastern, and Western influences. The rustic gold embellishments combined with the dusky red on this floor-length bridal gown is something to behold. As HSY says, “This ensemble truly represents the classic, timeless elegance that we so love to create at HSY. A bridal fit for Royalty.” I couldn’t agree more.
4. Faraz Manan – Couture Bridalwear
If you want to look red-carpet glamourous on your wedding day, then look no further than Faraz Manan for inspiration. Manan is known for his detailed threadwork, carefully crafted embroidery, applique, and cut-work techniques in his luxury bridal ensembles. This red and gold bridal gown by Manan is glamour at its finest – a dazzling creation that fuses a western silhouette with traditional embellishments to create a couture bridal gown.
5. Nomi Ansari – Adventurous Bridalwear
Nomi Ansari’s signature style blends contemporary forms, unique motifs, and striking color combinations to create fun and adventurous designs. This sky blue jacket and hot pink lehenga embody the best of Nomi Ansari’s craftsmanship – the distinct color contrasts, intricately detailed embellishments, and decorative floral prints give this bridal outfit the ultimate wow factor.
6. Falguni and Shane Peacock – Flamboyant Bridalwear
Falguni and Shane Peacock describe their design aesthetic as blending edgy, intricately detailed western cuts with Indian embellishments. The husband and wife duo’s signature look involves feathers, sequins, and prints, assuring their brides make a dynamic and unconventional statement in their bridal attire. This silver lehenga embraces all of Falguni and Shane Peacock’s signature elements – the mirror-work, feathers, sequin, and stonework on this delicately crafted lehenga will make a bride illuminate on her wedding day.
7. Ali Xeeshan – Pure Opulent Bridalwear
Ali Xeeshan is a visionary when it comes to bridalwear. His elaborate use of color, fabrics and heavy embellishment ensures an Ali Xeeshan bride commands attention. This blush pink, intricately detailed bridal gown exemplifies why Xeeshan’s creations are iconic. The silver sequins and beading on the bridal gown coupled with the floor-length cape is a visual masterpiece.
8. Gaurav Gupta – Experimental Bridalwear
Gaurav Gupta is one of the most exciting and innovative designers in South Asian fashion today. His bridalwear echoes the signature style we see in his couture collections – sculptural silhouettes and draping, exaggerated ruffles, and extraordinary layering. Gupta incorporates subtle tones to his bridalwear, preferring to go with colors like ecru in this beautiful lehenga and subvert the traditional conventions to bridalwear. This geometric lehenga with glistening glass shaded embroideries (and accompanying mask) is experimental bridalwear at its best.
We hope this list helps you discover the bridal style you’d like to wear. Just remember that no matter what gown you choose, you should feel happy and comfortable with your pick. Be confident and shine on your big day!
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