Got a party to attend but nothing to wear? Not to worry! Today we explore uber-talented fashion designers to get your custom-made party dresses from.
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Uniiquelyu – Trinidad Fashion Designer
UniiquelyU is an African and worldwide fashion designer for Black women based in Trinidad and Tobago. They provide custom-made evening gowns, beach wear, casual apparel, and wedding gowns. The sole designer of the brand is Jenny Johnson. Jenny founded her namesake brand in 2016. Jenny designs for women of fashion, who wouldn’t step outside without looking their best. This is achieved by creating pieces that are most glamorous and classy. The UniiquelyU Brand includes a stunning evening gown collect, a famous luxury bridal line, and a beach wear collection that features swimwear, casual apparel, and trendy sportswear. Apparel and casualwear are the genesis of UniiquelyU, and Jenny Johnson continues to release new pieces from time to time, as they remain in high demand. In designing these pieces, she found her true love for bridal and evening wear, which is now UniiquelyU’s focal point.
Kiana Carn Designs
Kiana Carn Designs is a black-owned fashion designer based in Atlanta. She creates unique dress styles for event types like baby showers, engagement, anniversary sessions, wedding guest dresses, prom, date nights, gala, birthday party dresses, and more. Asides from party dresses, she designs ready-to-wear and bespoke bridal and engagement wear for black brides and bridesmaids.
Travian Vann is a bridal, reception, and haute couture designer based in Hampton, Virginia. They provide wedding dresses and evening gowns for ladies across Virginia and destinations. The Travian Vann flagship studio is located in the heart of Downtown Hampton, VA. The brand believes in its clients having a memorable experience. They custom design gowns with their client in their mind. The brand has created numerous red carpet gowns for clients that attended several awards shows such as; The Dove Awards, Grammys, Soul Train Awards, Emmy, Image Awards, Miss America Pageant, and many more.
House of Dova – Nigerian Fashion Designer
House of Dova is a Nigerian fashion designer based in Lagos, Nigeria. The popular fashion brand has several collections of tailor-made, custom-made, ready-made, party, and everyday dresses to choose from. Their ready-made dresses would feel comfortable on your skin, and on you as a person. Not forgetting their tailor-made dresses with accurate measurements in one fitting. At a party, their custom-made dresses give you the free movement to dance and eat that sweet party jollof rice. Yet, your dress would be fitted and you would look snatched at the same time too. Their hospitality and customer service are top-notch, giving you an unforgettable bespoke experience.
Andrea Iyamah Brand
Andrea Iyamah Brand is a clothing line that specializes in ready-to-wear and custom-made pieces. Founder and creative director, Dumebi Iyamah, established the brand in 2011 which originally started as a fashion blog. Located in Ontario Canada, Andrea Iyamah was formerly recognized just for its fabulous retro swimwear designs. Dumebi decided to diversify her brand in the most astonishing way ever, starting with ready-to-wear, evening-wear, custom-made special event dresses, and finally sister brand; Andrea Iyamah bridal was born. The fashion brand is popularly known for its impeccable designs and for creating some of the most iconic dresses ever. The brand boasts of a clientele of elites and celebrities within and beyond Africa such as Angela Simmons, Christina Milian, Bonang Matheba, Issa Rae, Adrienne Bailon, Genevieve Nnaji, Stephanie Coker, Adesua Etomi, Jeannie Mai, and Tia Mowry.
Moye Idiol Nupo – Nigerian Fashion Designer
Moye Idiol Nupo is a Nigerian fashion designer based in Lagos, Nigeria. The brand is one of Africa’s foremost off-the-rack couture brands owned by Idiol Nupo. The fashion design house has a variety of dress collections to choose from. They have collections like Amelie, Claire, Eloise, and Reutilizer among others. They are known for their quintessential style and fabric designs. Ladies, if you are thinking of dresses birthed out of luxury, fashion, and lifestyle, here is the brand for you. They also ship outside Nigeria.
Ninola – Nigerian Fashion Designer
Ninola is a Nigerian fashion brand based in Lagos, Nigeria. The brand designs custom-tailored party dresses and bridal wear for black women. Ninola is committed to serving its clients with its fashion prowess and is ready to help them blossom at any event. Their pieces hug your curves the right way and give support where needed.
Mimmy Yeboah – African Fashion Designer
Ghanaian African American Mimmy Yeboah, is a talented bridal fashion designer providing seamless and beautiful party dresses, reception dresses, prom dresses, African wears, and wedding dresses for the modern black woman. The Mimmy Yeboah brand is a fashion label based in Brooklyn, New York, USA. Mimmy Yeboah, the owner, is an American-based self-taught Ghanaian designer, whose designs are influenced by the rich vibrant culture of Ghana. Mimmy describes the Mimmy Yeboah brand as a luxury classic wearable brand, specializing in women’s evening wear, day wear, African wear, and bridal wear. In 2016, Mimmy Yeboah went viral on Instagram for slaying the prom season with her dresses, and wax African print designs. This definitely took her brand to the next level in exposure. Her stunning wax print and lace bead designs blend timeless Ghanaian flair with America’s Hollywood glam.
Racheal Mills Collection
Racheal Mills Collection (popularly known as RMills Collection) is owned by Racheal Mills, a fashion designer based in Los Angeles. RMills is an African American black-owned fashion line focused on designing custom-made party dresses, wedding gowns, engagement dresses, and various custom bridal wears. Their pieces cater to the elite and confident black women who aren’t afraid to be the center of attention. The Rachael Mills collection is the perfect fit for your birthdays, award shows, bridal engagement shoots, tea dinner parties or even a reception dress as all their wears are custom made to fit.
Viviane Valerius – Florida Fashion Designer
Viviane Valerius is a black Haitian fashion designer based in Florida who designs custom bridal wears, party dresses, reception dresses and evening wears. Viviane Valerius is also known to be a celebrity fashion designer having worked with Miami and basketball housewives; such as Lisa Hochstein and Jennifer Williams to design their stunning dresses. Viviane focuses on women of all sizes and enlightens these women through her intricate yet simplistic and easy-to-wear designs. Viviane Valerius is a multiple award-winning brand that has also been featured in several magazines. More recently, Viviane has showcased her work during Vancouver Fashion Week, receiving star-studded reviews.
Yemi Kosibah – Black Fashion Designer NY
Yemi Kosibah is a talented Nigerian African American fashion designer based in New York. The Yemi Kosibah label is an exclusive fashion brand that specializes in figure-enhancing bridal, evening and formal day wear using exquisite fabrics. Owned and operated by Nigerian award-winning designer, Yemi Osunkoya, the brand was established in London in 1991 and named in honor of his mother. Kosibah is known for using subtle African influences combined with the use of corsetry and boned bodice to recreate the classical and elegant hourglass figure. The Yemi Kosibah brand has bagged multiple awards in the industry including the Diamond Recognition from National Weddings UK, September 2005, and Bridal Designer of the Year, 2002 and 2004 and Mahogany Bridal Awards. Celebrated clients include Louise Rose, Miss World Agbani Darego, Stephanie Benson, Sheila Ferguson formerly of the Three Degrees, Hollywood actress Indra Ové and more.
Jean-Ralph Thurin – Haitian African American Fashion Designer
Jean-Ralph Thurin is a black-owned Haitian African American design house that specializes in custom pieces that are uniquely created for the modern Black, Afro Caribbean, and African American woman. Jean-Ralph Thurin is based in Somerville, New Jersey, and was founded in 2008. Jean-Ralph Thurin Bridal captures your essence and creates designs that are authentically you. According to Jean-Ralph, he measures his success by his client’s happiness with the final end result of her gown.
Brides By Nona – Fashion Designer Atlanta
Brides by Nona is one of the top Atlanta-based fashion designers. The brand was founded by the Nigerian and ‘Igbo’ talented multi-award winner Nneka C. Alexander. Brides by Nona creates beautiful bespoke bridal and party wears for the Afro Caribbean woman. Yearly, Nona produces almost 200 custom dresses for weddings, prom, evening wears, parties, red carpet occasions, and even for private premium clients.
Alonuko – Fashion Designer London UK
Alonuko is a British fashion brand that officially launched in 2015. It was born by the amazing Nigerian fashion designer, Gbemi Okunlola. Gbemi the founder and head designer of Alonuko, studied fashion design at college. After her graduation, she attended her internship at the renowned London Fashion house and an apprenticeship at the British Fashion Company both in London. Alonuko has now grown as a well-known brand creating absolutely amazing pieces which are a perfect fit and taste for the Afro Caribbean woman. Alonuko also became virally known when they designed an evening gown for Maya Jama who is Stormzy’s girlfriend and a TV presenter. She wore an amazing dazzling beaded silhouette feathered gown designed by Alonuko.
Galia Fahd Couture
Galia Fahd is a fashion design company with expertise in the design of custom-made wedding dresses, cocktail dresses, evening dresses, ballroom gowns, and African traditional dresses. Galia Fahd is based in Dubai UAE but provides its services to clients all over the world but most especially in the UK, Africa, the U.S, and Europe. They are known worldwide for their fine sewing and attention to detail. Their wedding, evening, cocktail dresses, and bridal wear have graced so many aisles for African Caribbeans as well as many runways and fashion shows.