Wedding Radar: Black Bridal Designers to Know

From classic and timeless to unique and unexpected, here are five Black wedding dress designers you need to keep on your radar.  

Valentine Avoh

Brussels-based Valentine Avon is known for her refined, fluid and delicate handmade wedding dress designs that are inspired by the classic glamour and enduring elegance of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

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Carly Cushnie of CUSHNIE

The CUSHNIE Bridal Collection by Carly Cushnie offers everything from gowns and suiting to jumpsuits and separates, designed to carry a woman through any aspect of her wedding. Known for her sleek architectural styles, CUSHNIE has been worn on the likes of Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, Gal Gadot, Lupita Nyong’o and more.

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Andrea Pitter of Pandora Bridal

Brooklyn-based Pandora Brides, founded by creative director Andrea Pitter, is true to its mission to “deliver the type of product and service that have been traditionally lacking in the bridal industry.” The brand’s signature “Forgotten Skin Tone” mesh linings creates perfectly seamless illusion dresses for brides of color.

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Jean-Ralph Thurin

A graduate of the prestigious Parsons School of Design, Jean-Ralph Thurin has learned the art of listening to his brides-to-be, bringing their dream wedding dress to life with no stone unturned.

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Stephanie White of Odylyne the Ceremony

Designer Stephanie White whips up ethereal, bohemian bridal gowns for Odylyne The Ceremony that aims to connect the traditional foundations of marriage with the exotic and unfamiliar.

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