Top 10 French Wedding Dress Designers

This is an updated version of my blog post from two and half years ago. I’ve revisited each designer, mulled over new ones, and edited out and added in, as well as updating the images to the designers’ latest collections.

The same cool, clean elegance in a French woman’s every day wardrobe can be found in their top wedding dress designers. Often boho, always modern, usually understated.

Structure seems to be thrown out of the window, leaving me wondering if their dresses would look any good on anybody larger than slim. After all, that’s what structure and corsets are for – pulling all your bits and pieces into the right places.

I’ve been sifting through French designers and picking out my top 10 favourites. So in no particular order, here they are:

1. Delphine Manivet

Delphine Manivet encapsulates everything about great French wedding gown designers. Endlessly tasteful, beautifully made, with an element of rock chick that screams coolness (in a good way).

Delphine Manivet 2018 Collection

2. Laure de Sagazan

It must be tough competing with other French designers when one is as edgy as the next, but Laure de Sagazan does battle with panache. Beautiful, flowy gowns with not a bit of structure in sight.

Laure De Sagazan 2018 Collection

3. Constance Fournier

Constance Fournier is fairly new to me, but I was bowled over by the incredible flamenco and bullfighting design echos. And the dresses are. so. good. Enough intricate detail to keep them interesting, but with excellent clean lines to make them beautiful.

Constance Fournier 2018 Collection

4. Rime Arodaky

If you’re looking for a killer combination of sexy yet cool, Rime Arodaky may well be the designer you’re after. Lots of laser cut lace, separates, and loose flowing garments that ooze rock chick charm.

Rime Arodaky 2018 Collection

5. Elise Hameau

Back to french boho at its best, Elise Hameau includes lots of separates, lace, drop waists and general relaxed prettiness.

Elise Hameau 2018 Collection

6. Manon Gontero

The 2018 collection from Manon Gontero is very, very good. Cool and edgy, but classy and feminine, there is eye-candy at every turn. Delicious.

Manon Gontero 2018 Collection

7. Stephanie Wolff

Ah, Stephanie Wolff. Soft, pretty, feminine gowns that manage to be understated yet glorious in one fell swoop.

Stephanie Wolff Collection

8. Margaux Tardits

A newcomer as a label (though not in experience, having worked for design giants like Oscar de la Renta and Lanvin), Margaux Tardits combines on-trend styles with beautiful clean lines and delicious details (gold leaf belt, anyone?). One to watch.

Margaux Tardits Collections

 

9. Suzanne Ermann

I met Suzanne Ermann once. I know, obviously I move in top fashion circles (*modest cough*). Anyway, I was struck by her utterly unique wedding dresses – she’s incorporated a timeless design element of wired satin into many of her gowns, and the instant you lay eyes on her gowns, you know they’re hers.

Suzanne Ermann Collections

10. Lora Folk

Want a dress without a hint of meringue in sight?  Lora Folk may be your perfect designer.  Casual, unstructured and comfortable, Lora Folk’s gowns are downright cool.

Lora Folk Collections

So that’s my top ten favourites. Who are yours?

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  1. The third, fourth and ninth are the ones that stand out to me personally. Absolutely love their style and materials used! I think they are elegant and stunning and would be viable for pretty much any wedding theme.

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  2. gravatar jeffery

    always a fan of Delphine Manivet. Check out you-tube for fashion show. Gorgeous, no other word

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  3. French designer Delphine Manivet is causing quite a stir with today’s young fashion conscious brides to-be. She studied fashion design in Paris

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  4. gravatar Laura

    Thank you for your article. I am getting married next year and I went to 3 of your recommended French designer. The first day, I went to Fabienne Alagama – nice boutique but unfortunately not many recommendations / emotions from the sales assistante.

    After I went to Elise Hameau – really nice dresses and the sales assistant is very sweet. Even if I didn’t find the dress of NYC dream I recommend Elise Hameau!

    Today, I met Celestina. She is amazing and a true experience. She took the time to talk to me and really understand what I was looking for. After two hours, I tried the mock up she made and it’s the one. My mother, sister and I were crying of joy. It’s not cheap but if you are looking for an hand made dress — it’s THE place.

    Thank you!!

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