With the ever-evolving wedding industry in India, bridal fashion has moved beyond the traditional handloom saris and lehengas. If it is about making a statement, gowns and its different renditions are a welcome option. If donning a western silhouette intimidates you, gowns featuring traditional Indian embroideries and embellishments might work in your favour. The traditional anarkali has also been reimagined as a floor gazing piece, which can double up as a gown.
Just in case you are hunting a perfect piece for your wedding or ceremonies leading up to it, here are the Indian bridal gown designers you need to check out.
For those attuned to the latest bridal trends, Gaurav Gupta doesn’t really warrant an introduction. If you are looking for classic, structural pieces, he is your go-to designer. Also, from peach to apple green to crimson red, his bridal gowns come in a variety of loved hues.
Celebrated for his attention to detail and commitment to sustainability, Amit Aggarwal can be credited for how modern brides imagine their trousseau pieces. Think of floor-sweeping gowns with exquisite piping details, flared ball gowns, strapless column pieces, and more.
Imagine mermaid gowns featuring Indian chikankaari and other embroideries done over the spectrum of delicate fabrics, in case you were looking for a dramatic gown for your wedding, Falguni and Shane Peacock is your label. And that’s not it, from rhinestones to feathers, there is nothing that is out of bounds for the duo.
Think of Indian bridal gown designers and the first name that resonates is Delhi-based duo Gauri and Nainika. From swaths of tulle, feathers to chiffon, whipping volumes of them together to create the most exquisite gowns, that’s how one can sum up their work. A veteran in the industry, the duo has created gowns for the likes of Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone. One look at their Instagram feed will give you reasons enough to pick their piece.
Normally one would associate Ridhi Mehra with beautiful layered dresses, lightweight lehengas, ruffled and belted saris, but the designer also creates beautiful gowns and floor-sweeping anarkalis that can double up as gowns. From beautiful veil-like dupattas to feathered capes, you can pair them with anything you want.
Hyderabad-based label Shriya Som might be is known for lightweight tulle and lace dresses, lehengas and occasionwear. If western couture can be re-imagined through a traditional Indian frame, one can visualise Som’s work. Imagine beige see-through crinkled skirts, heavily embellished dresses, and 3D applique work that transform outfits into work of art. When it comes to gowns, Som has nailed the levels of perfection. From white to peach to beige, her repository of soothing colours is brimming.
Synonymous to glamour, Monisha Jaising’s gowns have embraced and seen the modern bride in a new light. Unlike her leather and jersey lehengas, her exquisite gowns take a rather traditional route. Crafted in traditional handlooms and featuring Indian embroideries such as chintz and a variety of prints and patterns, her gowns are purely collectables.
The ace couturier, who recently celebrated his 25 years in the industry, has set gold standards with his meticulous work. Of course, his lehengas, saris, and sherwanis are iconic, but his take on western wear often results in amazing fusion pieces. Once again, he created beautiful floor-sweeping anarkalis that can be doubled as gowns. And if brides are innovative enough, they can style it their own way.
Ahmedabad-based Shyamal Bhumika’s undiluted commitment to Indian craft can be best understood via their see-through saris (which are a major hit) and lehengas. But they also create gowns that almost look like works of art. From powder blues, blush to rust, the colours speak for themselves.