Elbeth Gillis is the sought after luxury wedding dress designer famous for sheer opulence and sophistication that goes beyond time. The South African Bridal brand is the epitome of sumptuous and enduring wedding wear.
In this article we will showcase some of our favorite designs from the Gillis ’17 and ’18 collections, all equally magnificent and feminine. Frequently appearing at Bridal Fashion Shows in Europe, and high end wedding publications such as Wedding Inspirasi, Elbeth is not just your average African wedding dress designer – the success of her brand is a clear sign that she is in fact leading the pack.
Elbeth Gillis is celebrated internationally for her distinctive couture. You may even recognize these dresses from images in magazines, websites and Bridal shows, but perhaps not until now you come to realize the name and woman behind all that prettiness. Born and raised in the Western Cape, this is proudly South African couture which has put the country on the map of top quality Bridal gowns.
Since 1997 Elbeth has been persistent in her pursuit of excellence, drawing inspiration the catwalk, nature and women she meets. For her gowns, only the most lavish French laces, silks and satins from the best sources make it the cutting table.
As a young girl, Elbeth was surrounded by her aunts and mother bringing fabric to life in the garments they sewed. Inspired by the beauty of their creations, she knew she was destined to study fashion. 20 years later, the reputation of the Elbeth Gillis brand is a testament to her talent.
Brides looking for something unique will fall in love with the romantic and elegant aesthetic of the range. Many gowns have a 50’s vintage feel – think Audrey Hepburn/ Jackie Kennedy. Stocked by boutiques around the world, Elbeth is also available for appointments at the atelier in central Cape Town.
Each gown is meticulously handcrafted to ensure quality and perfect fit, and well known for exquisite details. Buying your wedding gown here will guarantee extravagance and uncompromising style on your Big day.
2018 – Mystique
Showstopping, embellished and seductive – these wedding gowns have a unique, raw sexiness to suit a seriously modern bride.
2017 – Milk & honey: Bridal separates
It’s the perfect choice for the bride who wants to play with finding her perfect look. Brides can select from one of four skirts: a flowy silk chiffon skirt, a pleated satin skirt with a very appealing asymmetrical hemline, a silk ball gown skirt and a sassy-chic knee-length ostrich feather skirt. Match your skirt with a bodice of your choice (there are three to choose from and all are ravishing), and then top it with a lace overlay available in a variety of styles. Lace and beading are used only as highlights, while hidden pockets are wonderfully functional.
2017 – Luxury
A line-up of sophisticated gowns, with an emphasis on backs and shoulders and the exquisite details that are Elbeth’s trademark.