Bridal Designers
 To Know in 2021 
  
For many brides, choosing the dress (or suit, for that matter...) is the most important decision they’ll make when it comes to the big day—second to their betrothed, of course. And with more brides looking for an alternative to the traditional wedding gown, we’re highlighting five designers bringing a fresh perspective —from a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund runner-up to three names new to Moda this season. Discover and shop their latest collections here.
 
BY CRYSTAL TATE


 
 
 
Bridal Designers
 To Know in 2021 
  
For many brides, choosing the dress (or suit, for that matter...) is the most important decision they’ll make when it comes to the big day—second to their betrothed, of course. And with more brides looking for an alternative to the traditional wedding gown, we’re highlighting five designers bringing a fresh perspective —from a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund runner-up to three names new to Moda this season. Discover and shop their latest collections here.
 
BY CRYSTAL TATE


 
 
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DANIELLE FRANKEL
 
BASED IN: New York City      FOUNDED: 2017      PERFECT FOR: “The fashion bride”

​Designer Danielle Hirsch has already garnered major industry buzz (which is no small feat for a brand that only launched in 2017). After winning runner-up for the 2019 CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund, her debut runway show was one of the week’s hottest tickets, attracting top editors and buyers from the bridal industry and beyond. The Vera Wang-trained designer is known for invigorating the bridal category with a high-fashion perspective—something which resonates with A-list arbiters of taste including Zoë Kravitz, who wore a hand-crocheted pearl dress by the designer for her rehearsal dinner. Signatures include dramatic, unexpected details (see: a dip-dye velvet hemline), translucent and textured fabrications, and coolly reworked menswear tailoring.

 
DANIELLE FRANKEL
 
BASED IN: New York City      FOUNDED: 2017      PERFECT FOR: “The fashion bride”

​Designer Danielle Hirsch has already garnered major industry buzz (which is no small feat for a brand that only launched in 2017). After winning runner-up for the 2019 CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund, her debut runway show was one of the week’s hottest tickets, attracting top editors and buyers from the bridal industry and beyond. The Vera Wang-trained designer is known for invigorating the bridal category with a high-fashion perspective—something which resonates with A-list arbiters of taste including Zoë Kravitz, who wore a hand-crocheted pearl dress by the designer for her rehearsal dinner. Signatures include dramatic, unexpected details (see: a dip-dye velvet hemline), translucent and textured fabrications, and coolly reworked menswear tailoring.

 
DANIELLE FRANKEL
 
BASED IN: New York City      FOUNDED: 2017      
PERFECT FOR: “The fashion bride”

​Designer Danielle Hirsch has already garnered major industry buzz (which is no small feat for a brand that only launched in 2017). After winning runner-up for the 2019 CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund, her debut runway show was one of the week’s hottest tickets, attracting top editors and buyers from the bridal industry and beyond. The Vera Wang-trained designer is known for invigorating the bridal category with a high-fashion perspective—something which resonates with A-list arbiters of taste including Zoë Kravitz, who wore a hand-crocheted pearl dress by the designer for her rehearsal dinner. Signatures include dramatic, unexpected details (see: a dip-dye velvet hemline), translucent and textured fabrications, and coolly reworked menswear tailoring.

 
DANIELLE FRANKEL
 
BASED IN: New York City      FOUNDED: 2017      
PERFECT FOR: “The fashion bride”

​Designer Danielle Hirsch has already garnered major industry buzz (which is no small feat for a brand that only launched in 2017). After winning runner-up for the 2019 CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund, her debut runway show was one of the week’s hottest tickets, attracting top editors and buyers from the bridal industry and beyond. The Vera Wang-trained designer is known for invigorating the bridal category with a high-fashion perspective—something which resonates with A-list arbiters of taste including Zoë Kravitz, who wore a hand-crocheted pearl dress by the designer for her rehearsal dinner. Signatures include dramatic, unexpected details (see: a dip-dye velvet hemline), translucent and textured fabrications, and coolly reworked menswear tailoring.

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LOLA VARMA
 
BASED IN: Perth, Australia      FOUNDED: 2016      PERFECT FOR: The minimal modernist

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While working as a fashion and wedding photographer, Courtney Illfield discovered a dearth in the market: though tastes had long since shifted away from the traditional ball gown-style popularized by Princess Diana in the ‘80s, there was little to offer the bride who was searching for something understated yet still unique and special. Duly inspired, the Australian designer launched a line of unconventional gowns that still strike a thoroughly timeless note. Embracing a focus on sustainability, Illfield's gowns and separates are handcrafted in Perth and thoughtfully incorporate deadstock materials. Key details include her signature tonal corsets—which, when layered, brings a cool note to her graceful drapery and stripped-back romance, all while enhancing an ultra-flattering, hourglass silhouette.​

 
LOLA VARMA
 
BASED IN: Perth, Australia      FOUNDED: 2016      PERFECT FOR: The minimal modernist

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While working as a fashion and wedding photographer, Courtney Illfield discovered a dearth in the market: though tastes had long since shifted away from the traditional ball gown-style popularized by Princess Diana in the ‘80s, there was little to offer the bride who was searching for something understated yet still unique and special. Duly inspired, the Australian designer launched a line of unconventional gowns that still strike a thoroughly timeless note. Embracing a focus on sustainability, Illfield's gowns and separates are handcrafted in Perth and thoughtfully incorporate deadstock materials. Key details include her signature tonal corsets—which, when layered, brings a cool note to her graceful drapery and stripped-back romance, all while enhancing an ultra-flattering, hourglass silhouette.​

 
LOLA VARMA
 
BASED IN: Perth, Australia      FOUNDED: 2016      
PERFECT FOR: The minimal modernist

​ 
While working as a fashion and wedding photographer, Courtney Illfield discovered a dearth in the market: though tastes had long since shifted away from the traditional ball gown-style popularized by Princess Diana in the ‘80s, there was little to offer the bride who was searching for something understated yet still unique and special. Duly inspired, the Australian designer launched a line of unconventional gowns that still strike a thoroughly timeless note. Embracing a focus on sustainability, Illfield's gowns and separates are handcrafted in Perth and thoughtfully incorporate deadstock materials. Key details include her signature tonal corsets—which, when layered, brings a cool note to her graceful drapery and stripped-back romance, all while enhancing an ultra-flattering, hourglass silhouette.​

 
LOLA VARMA
 
BASED IN: Perth, Australia      FOUNDED: 2016      
PERFECT FOR: The minimal modernist

​ 
While working as a fashion and wedding photographer, Courtney Illfield discovered a dearth in the market: though tastes had long since shifted away from the traditional ball gown-style popularized by Princess Diana in the ‘80s, there was little to offer the bride who was searching for something understated yet still unique and special. Duly inspired, the Australian designer launched a line of unconventional gowns that still strike a thoroughly timeless note. Embracing a focus on sustainability, Illfield's gowns and separates are handcrafted in Perth and thoughtfully incorporate deadstock materials. Key details include her signature tonal corsets—which, when layered, brings a cool note to her graceful drapery and stripped-back romance, all while enhancing an ultra-flattering, hourglass silhouette.​

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Valentine Avoh
 
BASED IN: Brussels, Belgium      FOUNDED: 2017      PERFECT FOR: The glamorous, detail-oriented bride

 
​Designing in an industry that often overlooks Black female talent, Valentine Avoh is a pioneering name in fashion. The Black, Brussels-based designer, new to Moda this season, cut her teeth at Alexander McQueen and is known for meticulous craftsmanship and luxurious embellishments (from feathers to dance-ready paillettes). Sourcing fabrications from the finest mills, Avoh’s focus lies in high-quality couture fabrics and handiwork—from all-over beading to a feathered skirt. Her chief inspirations? Old Hollywood icons from Ella Fitzgerald to Billie Holliday (and she names her pieces accordingly). While silhouettes range from mini skirts to tea dresses and floor-sweeping gowns, each evokes a fresh, uber-refined take on retro glamour.​
 
 
Valentine Avoh
 
BASED IN: Brussels, Belgium      FOUNDED: 2017      PERFECT FOR: The glamorous, detail-oriented bride

 
​Designing in an industry that often overlooks Black female talent, Valentine Avoh is a pioneering name in fashion. The Black, Brussels-based designer, new to Moda this season, cut her teeth at Alexander McQueen and is known for meticulous craftsmanship and luxurious embellishments (from feathers to dance-ready paillettes). Sourcing fabrications from the finest mills, Avoh’s focus lies in high-quality couture fabrics and handiwork—from all-over beading to a feathered skirt. Her chief inspirations? Old Hollywood icons from Ella Fitzgerald to Billie Holliday (and she names her pieces accordingly). While silhouettes range from mini skirts to tea dresses and floor-sweeping gowns, each evokes a fresh, uber-refined take on retro glamour.​
 
 
Valentine Avoh
 
BASED IN: Brussels, Belgium      FOUNDED: 2017      
PERFECT FOR: The glamorous, detail-oriented bride

 
​Designing in an industry that often overlooks Black female talent, Valentine Avoh is a pioneering name in fashion. The Black, Brussels-based designer, new to Moda this season, cut her teeth at Alexander McQueen and is known for meticulous craftsmanship and luxurious embellishments (from feathers to dance-ready paillettes). Sourcing fabrications from the finest mills, Avoh’s focus lies in high-quality couture fabrics and handiwork—from all-over beading to a feathered skirt. Her chief inspirations? Old Hollywood icons from Ella Fitzgerald to Billie Holliday (and she names her pieces accordingly). While silhouettes range from mini skirts to tea dresses and floor-sweeping gowns, each evokes a fresh, uber-refined take on retro glamour.​
 
 
Valentine Avoh
 
BASED IN: Brussels, Belgium      FOUNDED: 2017      
PERFECT FOR: The glamorous, detail-oriented bride

 
​Designing in an industry that often overlooks Black female talent, Valentine Avoh is a pioneering name in fashion. The Black, Brussels-based designer, new to Moda this season, cut her teeth at Alexander McQueen and is known for meticulous craftsmanship and luxurious embellishments (from feathers to dance-ready paillettes). Sourcing fabrications from the finest mills, Avoh’s focus lies in high-quality couture fabrics and handiwork—from all-over beading to a feathered skirt. Her chief inspirations? Old Hollywood icons from Ella Fitzgerald to Billie Holliday (and she names her pieces accordingly). While silhouettes range from mini skirts to tea dresses and floor-sweeping gowns, each evokes a fresh, uber-refined take on retro glamour.​
 
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SOPHIE ET VOILÀ
 
BASED IN: Madrid and Bilbao, Spain      FOUNDED: 2016     PERFECT FOR: The sustainable bride—with an irreverent sensibility

 
​With collections produced locally in Spain, sewn by hand, and utilizing 100% recycled fabrics, founder and designer Sofía Arribas and co-designer Saioa Goitia are spearheading a new, sustainable sector of bridalwear . New to Moda this season, the collection is marked by sculptural silhouettes (Arribas’s background is architecture) and spotlights striking styles for every occasion and formality, from bridal showers and rehearsal dinners to the big day itself. With mix-and-match separates and detachable bows, the versatile designs also lend themselves to life well beyond the celebrations. Take, for instance, the Electra or Empuria tops, which can easily be revisited years down the line and paired with jeans or printed skirts.​

 
SOPHIE ET VOILÀ
 
BASED IN: Madrid and Bilbao, Spain      FOUNDED: 2016     PERFECT FOR: The sustainable bride—with an irreverent sensibility

 
​With collections produced locally in Spain, sewn by hand, and utilizing 100% recycled fabrics, founder and designer Sofía Arribas and co-designer Saioa Goitia are spearheading a new, sustainable sector of bridalwear . New to Moda this season, the collection is marked by sculptural silhouettes (Arribas’s background is architecture) and spotlights striking styles for every occasion and formality, from bridal showers and rehearsal dinners to the big day itself. With mix-and-match separates and detachable bows, the versatile designs also lend themselves to life well beyond the celebrations. Take, for instance, the Electra or Empuria tops, which can easily be revisited years down the line and paired with jeans or printed skirts.​

 
SOPHIE ET VOILÀ
 
BASED IN: Madrid and Bilbao, Spain      FOUNDED: 2016    
PERFECT FOR: The sustainable bride—with an irreverent sensibility

 
​With collections produced locally in Spain, sewn by hand, and utilizing 100% recycled fabrics, founder and designer Sofía Arribas and co-designer Saioa Goitia are spearheading a new, sustainable sector of bridalwear . New to Moda this season, the collection is marked by sculptural silhouettes (Arribas’s background is architecture) and spotlights striking styles for every occasion and formality, from bridal showers and rehearsal dinners to the big day itself. With mix-and-match separates and detachable bows, the versatile designs also lend themselves to life well beyond the celebrations. Take, for instance, the Electra or Empuria tops, which can easily be revisited years down the line and paired with jeans or printed skirts.​

 
SOPHIE ET VOILÀ
 
BASED IN: Madrid and Bilbao, Spain      FOUNDED: 2016    
PERFECT FOR: The sustainable bride—with an irreverent sensibility

 
​With collections produced locally in Spain, sewn by hand, and utilizing 100% recycled fabrics, founder and designer Sofía Arribas and co-designer Saioa Goitia are spearheading a new, sustainable sector of bridalwear . New to Moda this season, the collection is marked by sculptural silhouettes (Arribas’s background is architecture) and spotlights striking styles for every occasion and formality, from bridal showers and rehearsal dinners to the big day itself. With mix-and-match separates and detachable bows, the versatile designs also lend themselves to life well beyond the celebrations. Take, for instance, the Electra or Empuria tops, which can easily be revisited years down the line and paired with jeans or printed skirts.​

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