Great British Designers: Six of the Best

Here are some of the British designers that should have on your radar

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Charlie Brear was crowned British Bridalwear Designer of the Year at The Bridal Buyer Awards 2019, but alongside her were a number of other renowned British designers including Alice Temperley, Suzanne Neville and Stephanie Allin to name a few.

With a continuous flow of innovative collections and unique designs, these designers are paving the way for the future of bridal.

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Alice Temperley

Alice Temperley

Elegant, chic and effortlessly cool, Alice Timperley’s bridalwear is as luxurious as it is unique. Temperley Bridal first started after Alice, who describes her style as ‘confident, feminine and free-spirited’, created her own wedding dress in 2006.

Friends then started to ask her to design their dresses and it gradually grew into a bridal business with two collections a year. The Temperley aesthetic is feminine, ethereal and intricately detailed, and dresses are characterised by the amazing craftsmanship that’s evident in the delicate hand embroidery and beadwork.

The latest collections use a huge variety of elegant fabrics and a mix of both free-flowing and internally corseted dresses. Lace and beading details shine through, resulting in timeless, precious and unique wedding dresses.

Charlie Brear

Charlie Brear

After a hugely successful show at London Bridal Fashion Week earlier this year, Charlie Brear’s latest collection is both dynamic and alluring. After 10 years of working as a fashion stylist, Charlie Brear founded her eponymous wedding dress company in 2006.

Her love of vintage gowns means that her dresses offer a nostalgic edge, all the while being filled with contemporary style. The Charlie Brear aesthetic is fashion-led, clean and contemporary with a feminine edge.

It appeals to modern brides with a confident and unique sense of style. The brand has experience in both bridalwear and ready-to-wear, resulting in the bridal collections not being dictated by conventional wedding style – something that makes the label really stand out.

Suzanne Neville

Suzanne Neville

Well known and loved for her beautiful handcrafting and corsetry techniques, Suzanne Neville is a designer who deeply understands the female form. She is renowned for her signature structured bodices and praised for her incredibly diverse collections.

The designer makes glamour and femininity look effortless; her well-made, structured dresses attract A-list clients. Michelle Keegan, Suranne Jones, Rochelle Humes and Holly Willoughby are just a handful of the popular celebrities to wear her creations to red carpet events, and there is a whole host more that have selected one of her designs for their wedding day.

Suzanne started her business back in 1991 after studying at The London College of Fashion, and today she is one of the most well-known British designers - she has stores in both London and Cheshire and works with some of the most famous bridal boutiques in the UK.

Hermione de Paula

Hermione de Paula

This designer’s work is synonymous with detail, specifically in embroidery and beautiful floral patterns. Hermione launched her eponymous label in 2008 after graduating from Central St Martins and gaining experience working at a variety of notable fashion houses.

She first started work in bridalwear in 2013 - thanks to a personal request from someone that had seen her unique collection for the Queen of Thailand - and subsequently launched her bridal studio in 2015.

The designer wants brides to feel special, and her bespoke and couture gowns ensure that there are limitless possibilities for what can be created. A gorgeous touch is that she offers personalised embroidery - a letter, name, quote or symbol can be added to dresses to give a really unique touch. Hermione’s collections are stunning, both romantic and flamboyant, and always passion-filled.

 

Phillipa Lepley

Phillipa Lepley

Elegance and timeless design are the words that spring to mind when thinking of Phillipa Lepley’s creations. Famed for her stunning floor-sweeping couture gowns and body-sculpting corsetry, it is no wonder why she's one of London’s leading bridal couture designers. Her distinctive yet understated styles are the height of sophistication, and ultra-feminine too.

The talented designer often couples vintage fabrics with exquisite embellishments, and her latest collections ooze traditional charm. After studying at the London College of Fashion, Phillipa launched her first bridal collection in 1988 from a basement in South Kensington; she went on to open her flagship bridal shop in Chelsea in 1990.

Stephanie Allin

Stephanie Allin

For the past 30 years, Stephanie Allin has brought her feminine sensibility to fashion, designing romantic, stylish and timeless gowns. A love of fashion spans three generations of her family - her mother and grandmother were dressmakers - so design really is in her blood.

This natural creativity is evident in so many of Allin’s garments, and she knows how to create romantic, elegant dresses - she undeniably knows what brides want, and how to make them feel special. Her collections are diverse and always breath-taking as she has a knack for marrying timeless design with contemporary flair.

She designs for real women, so she understands how to cut and create silhouettes that would look amazing on a wide range of body shapes. She does chic and simple cuts just as well as her balanced and more intricate designs. Plus she’s finessed the two-piece to perfection!

Interested in more British bridal fashion? Take a look at White Gallery London: Best of British

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