Here are the best French wedding dress designers French brides swear by! Shopping for a wedding dress (or la robe de mariée in French) can often prove pretty stressful. Indeed, finding the “perfect dress” -the one in which you will feel beautiful and confident- can be tricky and more than a little frustrating. With so many mainstays and emerging bridal designers, it can be difficult to choose a route for your wedding dress. So, if you’re lost in a sea of names, here are some of my favorite French wedding dress designers to help you begin your search.
If you’re a bride who appreciates Parisian influences and strives for the impeccably unfussy-chic aesthetic, these exclusive French bridal designers are for you. Indeed, French bridal fashion is very effortless, never showy, and always chic. French wedding dress designers tend to have in mind not only the appearance of the dress but also its comfort levels. Not to mention that France has a unique lace heritage (la Dentelle de Calais) and exceptional and delicate fabrics, used by the most elegant designers.
So if you want to seek that je ne sais quoi and love the French influence, I’ve highlighted twenty French wedding dress designers to suit a range of tastes from minimal to edgy.
20 French Wedding Dress Designers French Brides Swear By
1. Rime Arodaky
Rime Arodaky is a French designer located in the heart of Paris, creating wedding dresses that are modern, feminine, and undeniably sexy. Creating wedding dresses since 2010, Rime Arodaky is part of the new generation of French designers breaking away from the traditional rules of wedding dress design. Rime and her team of experts, choose the best Italian and French textiles from local suppliers to create beautiful pieces.
2. Elise Hameau
Inspired by the twenties and seventies, Elise Hameau’s elegant dresses are chic, stylish, and perfect for a bride looking for a unique wedding dress. Elise Hameau’s designs are delicate and beautiful, and would work with stripped back bohemian bridal style, or vamped up for a vintage wedding.
3. Laure De Sagazan
Listening to women’s desires, Laure De Sagazan proudly offers refined and effortlessly casual silhouettes. The simple and minimalist look that Laure develops from collection to collection immediately captivates the bride-to-be. Her home-made creations are made in France and customized in the show-room of the 10th arrondissement of Paris.
4. Mademoiselle De Guise
From designer Chloé Jaouën, Mademoiselle de Guise’s dresses are both fluid and structured. All the dresses are designed by Chloé and made in France with high-end fabrics only. Heavy crepe, geometrical laces, and chiffon are thoroughly used to create romantic, flowing, and graphic couture dresses that fully embody the ‘“less is more” concept. Mademoiselle de Guise bride is feminine, chic, and embodies the French liberté.
5. Sophie Sarfati
Sophie Sarfati is a French bridal designer with a penchant for creating, light, airy, delicate gowns and bridal separates. With clean tailoring and unfussy silhouettes, embellishment comes in the form of lace trims, crocheted sleeves, or broderie Anglaise panels. Sophie Sarfati’s wedding dresses are all about keeping the design cool, feminine and modern.
6. Donatelle Godart
It is by drawing her own wedding dress in 2014 that Donatelle Godart has the idea to launch her brand. Graduated from the Studio Berçot fashion school in Paris and stylist in various fashion magazines, the young Parisian woman captures the trends while creating from her intuition and her desires. Each dress, tailor-made in the Paris studio of the 10th arrondissement, is a hymn to femininity.
7. Isabella Boutin
Passionate about the haute couture world ever since she was a young girl, Isabella Boutin is a designer who creates dreamy, romantic and feminine bridal dresses. She imagines, creates, and produces all her dresses in her atelier in Lyon. French lace, Guipure, tulle, silk crepe, Chiffon, mousseline, are some of Isabella’s favorite fabrics to work with when creating her gowns. She combines her desire to make contemporary wedding gowns using haute couture savoir-faire.
8. Elise Martimort
Elise Martimort, based in Bordeaux, offers sensual, ultra-feminine, and timeless dresses. Dedicated to offering the best to her clientele, Elise carefully selects the noblest materials, all-natural and exclusively French and Italian. Every detail is worked to make a difference and each dress is unique because customizable to sublimate your personality.
9. Cymbeline Paris
Cymbeline is more than a big name. It’s a creative team with seamstresses, bosses, finishers, embroiderers, who accompanies Lucrèce and Olivier in their promise of a feminine, contemporary, Parisian collection. Cymbeline workshops are recognized for their exceptional expertise and constantly renewed creativity.
10. Jeanne Source
Since 2015, Jeanne Source creates modern, sophisticated, and wild wedding dresses in her Provence. She attaches essential importance to quality and to the natural fall of the silk and laces. Inspired by Fashion and Paris, the 70’s carefreeness and Jane Birkin, the sun and love, Jeanne Source breaks the traditional codes to reinvent a wedding dress imbued with style and freshness.
11. Delphine Manivet
Following her studies at the Fashion Institute of Paris, Delphine Manivet is hired by the famous fashion house Rochas. In 2004, just after creating her own bridal gown for her wedding, the young designer decides to launch her brand, inspired by her passion for the wedding world. In love with beauty and traditions, the designer wants to preserve the traditional « savoir-faire » of the French sewing expertise with noble fabrics, such as the Calais lace offering fashionable designs.
12. A La Robe
A LA ROBE garments are designed and made in France, except for those sold in Australia (they have an atelier in Melbourne since 2020). Their French Atelier is in the countryside, and the brand also produces in Paris. All the dresses are individually cut and handmade with care by experienced professionals. The gowns are made of silk and silk lined, the bias cut gowns are all double layer.
13. Manon Gontero
Marseille in the South of France, Manon Gontero creates tailor made-dress for all women who want to be chic, feminine with just a hint of the rebel about them. In her atelier of Marseille, tailor-made dresses are made from the finest materials: crepes, tulle, muslin, from French and Italian manufacturers. Patterned materials evolve from collection to collection, taking inspiration from current trends.
Originally from the Ardennes-France, Christophe-Alexandre Docquin moved to Paris in 1989. He designed his first wedding dress at school in 1991 where he graduated with honors. This led him straight into some of the best names in the fashion industry. After Sonia Rykiel and Emmanuelle Khanh, he heads Christian Lacroix’s workshop for 6 years before creating his own label in 2008.
15. Margaux Tardits
Margaux Tardits’s bespoke designs were a dazzling word-of-mouth success. Since 2015, Margaux has been designing couture dresses, dreamt up in her Parisian studio, and made in France. Previously, Margaux gained real know-how at prestigious names such as Balenciaga, Oscar de la Renta, and Lanvin. The designer produces every type of dress from bold and wild to “dreamy” and romantic.
16. Caroline Takvorian
Caroline Takvorian’s collection is inspired by Parisian haute couture and has a strong visual identity. French and ultra-chic Caroline’s modern collection mixes romantic beaded lace and deep sensual necklines creating an elevated bridal look. Silk crepe and chiffon, Lyon and Calais lace ensure a unique comfort of every piece she creates. Trained at Esmod Paris Haute Couture section, Caroline Takvorian worked at Lolita Lempicka and Isabelle Marant before launching her eponymous brand and devoting herself entirely to the creation of wedding dresses.
17. Atelier Swan
Atelier Swan is first a meeting between two young designers: Mariana, former workshop manager for a bridal designer, and Sophie, haute couture fashion designer. Inspired by the dancing world, the dresses Swan play with transparency, voluptuous and aerial textures as well as noble fabrics such as chiffon or satin silk, tulle, Chantilly, and Calais lace.
18. Marie Laporte
Marie Laporte’s wedding dresses bring a contemporary image to the wedding dress. Featuring sleek lines, elegant materials, and exquisite details, Marie Laporte designs a collection of wedding dresses with a truly regal touch. We love her use of silks, laces, crepe to create her trademark elegant look. A bride dressed in Marie Laporte is sure to shine on her big day.
19. Elodie Michaud
During her Art History studies, Elodie Michaud had the chance to discover the Maison Chanel. She was fascinated with the universe of this Maison de couture and her love for beautiful fabrics and pretty cuts was born. She’s passionate about creating wedding dresses: the delicacy of the materials, the silks, the Calais lace, the romanticism, and the softness of the colors. Elodie Michaud creates dresses for brides, modern, free, bohemian, and graceful. All gowns are made to order and tailor-made in her Parisian workshop.
20. Victoire Vermeulen
Victoire Vermeulen is a French brand of designs based in Paris. It is a family affair, with three sisters working together to create each wedding dress. Each one of the stunning gowns in their collection is handmade in Paris. Victoire Vermeulen’s collection is full of elegant silhouettes, lace detailing, separates, and edgy but feminine designs.
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