Top 20 African Wedding Dress Designers You Should Know

There are very few African bridal designers at the forefront of the industry. Wedding dress designers can either design custom dresses for individuals or work for large fashion companies. They design beautiful dresses and gowns for brides by hand or using a computer.

Below is top African Wedding Dress designers.

Andrea Pitter of Pantora Bridal: Andrea Pitter is the founder and creative director of Pantora Bridal, a bridal boutique. Pantora brides are confident, feminine, and fancy.

Jean-Ralph Thurin: 20 years of experience in the industry, Jean-Ralph Thurin designs dresses to fit Black women and their bodies and gets a lot of his inspiration from architecture.

Esé Azénabor: This designer pulls her design inspiration from travel. She was born in Nigeria. Now she makes dresses completely tailored to each bride, as most of her work bridal work is custom.

Amsale Aberra: Ethiopian designer Amsale Aberra was widely credited as the inventor of the modern wedding dress. Her pared-back and minimalist styleshe designed her own. Realising that this modern aesthetic.

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Yemi Osunkoya: UK-based Nigerian designer Yemi Osunkoya is an award-winning fashion designer widely acknowledged for his Avant garde approach to wedding and evening gowns created for Nigerian and British royalty and celebrities alike. His company, Kosibah, is a household name in both Nigeria and the UK.

Lawrencia Blount: Lawrencia Blount is the owner and designer of Lawrencia Bridal Couture. Lawrencia Bridal Couture bride is a confident, well-dressed woman with a unique fashion point of view, and an exquisite, sophisticated taste for luxury.

Christelle Dominique of MeJeanne Couture: Christelle MeJeanne Couture was founded by Christelle Dominique in 2008, and has since grown to offer custom bridal gowns, prom dresses, and pageant gowns.

Olakunbi Oyelese: Founded in 2010 by Nigerian designer, Olakunbi Oyelese, April by Kunbi offers fresh and unique gowns for brides all over the world.

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Farida Deglel: From Eritrea, and put on her first fashion show in Eritrea. A fundamental of her brand is the use of historic fabrics, such as organic Eritrea-grown cotton, fused with traditional and modern designs. Her company, Farida Style, readily portrays Eritrean, Middle Eastern and Western influences.

Halima Gidado: Halima Gidado is the founder and creative director behind the Abuja-based Brides & Babies Inc., known for everything from the classic ball gown to the sultry mermaid dress. And just in case you were wondering, yes, they do custom design clothing for babies.

Mai Atafo: The Nigerian designer’s brand, Mai Atafo Inspired, launched a bridal line in 2011 after establishing a successful line of men’s suits and evening wear. His bridal line, Weddings By MAI, is a collection of timeless and graceful gowns for the classic bride.

Shukri Hashi: Somali-Brit designer Shukri Hashi, Shukri Hashi Bridal has done the unthinkable: taking the traditional red and gold silk Somali print known as “Haadiyo Daaghan,” and transforming it into a colorful bridal gown.

David Tlale: David Tlale and his eponymous brand have graced just about every premium fashion week platform in the world. Not surprisingly, the South African designer’s bridal line is equally show-stopping.

Mai Atafo: Mai Atafo is no stranger to beautiful wedding appearance. She designs the best wedding attire, this designer will change the way you see traditional wedding outfits.

Brides by NoNA: Nneka C. Alexander is an  Atlanta-based Nigerian designer who has crafted a name for herself. Her beautiful bridal designer of custom-made gowns.

Andrea Iyamah: Nigerian fashion designer Andrea Iyamah has always had a passion for fashion and the arts. Her couture bridal line is made-to-measure, and each year it does not disappoint with its collections of modern, classic, and sophisticated dresses. 

Gbemi Okunlola: British born and of Nigerian parentage, designer Gbemi Okunlola taught herself to sew at an early age and pursued her passion to create Alonuko, a luxury bridal line intent on producing the perfect fit.  


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