We often hear the term "couture" being thrown around in conversation, but what exactly does it mean? A couture dress is created 100 percent from scratch—a custom design, executed with the finest materials specifically sourced and cut for the bride.
Ladies, there's something extremely special about owning a dress that is made exactly to your body, style and vision. Here are some of our favourite Cape Town based couture designers. We can personally vouch for their incredible work and professionalism!
Rene Heydon has always believed that every bride deserves her very own bespoke handcrafted wedding gown on such a special day as her wedding! As a bride, you want to feel special, gorgeous and confident and Rene knows exactly how to achieve that!
From the consultation to the very last stitch, the bride stays highly involved in the process to ensure that the dress is exactly what she dreamt about.
With 22 years behind her belt, Rene has vast experience in styling, pattern making, the process of working with the best fabrics for the job, incredible handfinishes to lace and beading and creating absolutely beautiful garments that fit immaculately to the form of the bride.
We absolutely love working with Rene! Have a look at some of her beautiful work featured in some recent styled shoots: Vintage Carnival, Secret Garden, La Boheme Inspired and Green Is The New Gold
If you would like to have a gown made for you and you have or perhaps don’t have an idea of what you want, then make an appointment with Cindy who will consult with you and help you create the most exquisite wedding gown!
In addition to Cindy's bespoke design service, she offers a range of unique, ready-to-wear bridal gowns, available for purchase or hire. Clients have the opportunity to try on various styles to see what best suits their figure and personality. All clients are assured of Cindy's personal attention throughout the process, and can always look forward to a warm welcome and a relaxed studio environment.
Have a look at some our favourite creations designed for two of our styled shoots: Into The Woods and Stepping Into Spring
Valencia Harrison has a very simplistic elegance about her and this filters through in her designs. With architectural influences and the love of textures in fabric, you are sure to find something different and edgy.
No matter size shape or form, Valencia has a unique way of consulting with her brides and clientele. With the key focus on individuality, uniqueness and body shape, every bride that visits her studio, will leave with confidence in knowing that they will feel gorgeous and comfortable in whatever they wear.
Get some great tips from Valencia by watching her video, which formed part of our Bride Guide Series:
Didi has the belief that every woman has her own unique beauty and style. This beauty needs to be emphasised by the perfect bridal gown.
The popularity of Didi’s bespoke designs are combined with her ability to create a partnership between her creativity and the client’s personality.
Known for her sophisticated bespoke bridal gowns, Didi prides herself in her promise that every garment is made with extreme care and attention to detail, which guarantees the exclusiveness of every creation.
Ilse provides a professional and personal service to brides to be. Working from her studio, her services include custom made bridal gowns and retinue dresses. She also has a large selection of dresses which are available for rental.
Ilse uses different combinations of texture, colour, and well-balanced focus points in creating a unique garment. Her attention to creative detail is unique; her friendly and professional manner is what makes working with her a pleasurable and memorable experience.
Motivated by "all things beautiful", the work of Didi and her team is sure to leave you enchanted.
Western Cape Couture designer Rene Heydon believes that every bride deserves her very own bespoke handcrafted wedding gown on her wedding day
Wedding dress designer / stylist based in Cape Town, South Africa. We do custom design and manufacturing of bridal gowns and entourage attire.
Ilse provides a professional and personal service to brides to be. Working from her studio, her services include custom made bridal gowns and retinue dresses, she also has a la...
Cindy Bam creates luxury gowns that evoke drama and glamour of past eras whilst still maintaining a modern edge.