Elbeth Gillis is a household name in the bridal industry. Having been involved with fashion design for 18 years, her passion for creating beautiful feminine bridal wear has evolved from bespoke-style dresses to collection dresses.
A leading lady in every sense, SA Weddings sits down to ask her a few questions about her career path to becoming one of our country’s most loved designers and how she stays inspired.
“When I think about the Elbeth Gillis bride, I generally think about quite a feminine look, a look for someone who is fashion-forward with understated glamour and elegance. I’ve always wanted to create wedding dresses and am constantly looking for inspiration through social media, fashion shows and international designers that I look up to. For me, it’s a merging of the creative process into an actual lifestyle. I would say my own personal style is classic, very classic.”
“I think there’ll be a move towards wearing separates, or at least dresses that look like separates. Less lace and perhaps more bead detail. I also think the rise of the ‘nude’ dress look is going to be big this season."
“I’m not a fan of terribly revealing dresses. Something that’s cut at all the wrong places… (laughs) we don’t want to see that you’re not wearing underwear. Bit much for your wedding day if you ask me.”
“I’m very much a homely person, I love gardening and baking. In my free time, I make sure I reflect and to continue the creative process, I also love furniture restoration projects.”
“You need to be very resilient. Wake up in the morning and just carry on! There’s no magic formula - just follow your own path and figure out what works for you in business. Be prepared to work very hard, nothing comes easy. Surrounding yourself with people that inspire and help you to grow your business really helps in the early years too”
“It may sound obviously practical but look at your budget! Saying to me or any bridal wear designer ‘I don’t have a budget’ doesn’t help anyone. R15 000 versus R30 000 for a dress is a big discrepancy – and there’s no point in falling in love with a dress that’s completely out of your budget. Although it sounds like harsh advice and brides don’t like doing that part of the budget at the very beginning - I’ve seen it happen many times before and I promise you, it saves the tears afterwards."
Browse Elbeth Gillis’s latest collection here on SA Weddings and set up your bridal appointment with this beautiful leading lady, whose life passion is to create something that makes you feel your most beautiful on the big day.