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15 designer dresses for the modern bride

Whether you consider yourself a classic, modern or more alternative bride, there’s a wedding look for you. Find The One here…

The newly-wed Duchess of Sussex opted for an elegant shoulder-baring gown by Stella McCartney for her evening reception

If you’re looking for contemporary cool rather than traditional frothy princess from your dream wedding dress, then you need to broaden your search. Eveningwear professionals like Temperley, Emilia Wickstead and Stella McCartney – whom the Duchess of Sussex chose to wear for her wedding reception in May this year – can always be relied on for sophisticated, show-stopping bridal gowns, but now emerging names like Ellery and Brock Collection are taking a modern approach to the traditional world of wedding dressing too. For more fabulous non-conformity, look to Gabriela Hearst, whose silk pantsuit feels like a modern reinterpretation of Bianca Jagger’s iconic YSL tuxedo jacket and silk skirt (which she wore to wed Mick Jagger in 1971 in Saint-Tropez). Fashion purists will love The Row’s minimalist maxi dresses, while romantics will fall head over heels for Dolce & Gabbana’s all-over lace numbers. Whatever your preference, there’s no need to settle for anything less than your style best on your big day.



Any bride would look chic in one of these dreamy, timeless styles – and not a meringue in sight. Go for a ’90s-inspired slip dress, peekaboo lace or an off-shoulder gown to show a subtly sexy hint of skin.


Having a chic city wedding? Keep your cool while walking down the aisle in one of these contemporary designs. Look for interesting points of difference: cut-outs, ruffled sleeves, asymmetric necklines and tuxedo details.

Brock Collection and Danielle Frankel


If you consider yourself more of a non-traditional bride, then these chic designs are perfectly catered for your big day – and beyond. There’s also the option of playing with color if the thought of a white dress is definitely not your thing.

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