Not every girl dreams of floating down the aisle in a timeless white gown. In fact, there’s a whole subset of forward-thinking brides that prefer to seek out and wear the most daring designs they can find. Some simply want to don a one-of-a-kind look, while others aspire to shock and awe with their anti-traditional style. By building upon some of the edgiest bridal fashion trends, several top designers are meeting the need for innovative gowns.
We gathered some of the most non-traditional looks on the runways for brides with an emphasis on the avant-garde. So whether you’re a rebel bride or simply want to see what the other half wears, check out the designs below. Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments section.
At left, gauzy layers of cotton mesh and silk organza allow a glimpse of lingerie, while at right, an off-the-shoulder tie top pairs with a long ruffled skirt for a boho-chic bridal look. Photos courtesy of Houghton
A plunging neckline, hundreds of floral appliqués, and two shades of blush set the long-sleeved gown at left apart. On the right, layers of fringe and a sky-high hemline make an embroidered dress even more avant-garde than the average bridal mini. Photos courtesy of Naeem Khan
A strapless corset with a plunging neckline and a layered skirt of silk organza distinguishes the dress at left, while the clinging silhouette draped with Swarovksi crystals at right evokes a glamorous, red-carpet effect. Photos courtesy of Pnina Tornai for Kleinfeld
The long-sleeved dress at left bares plenty of skin with a low-cut, off-the-shoulder neckline and peek-a-boo patches between lace, while strategically placed gemstone appliqués offer minimal coverage on the ultra-sheer gown at right. Photos by Dan Lecca
Floral appliqués give only the illusion of concealment on the exquisitely daring sheer dress at left. The dress at right features a ruffled ball-gown skirt and a bodice of illusion lace that offers a trend-setting glimpse of toned abs. Photos courtesy of Reem Acra
While the dress at left features a classic silhouette, the mirrored details and circular patterns of beading are anything but conventional. Meanwhile, the flowing lines and plummeting neckline of the gown at right requires an ultra-confident bride with a taste for vintage glam. Photos courtesy of Temperley Bridal
An unlined mermaid skirt of Chantilly lace puts legs on display on the slip dress at left, while the groundbreaking, one-shouldered gown at right brings sheerness to an entirely new level. Photos by Robert Mitra
The exaggerated high-low hemline, vented sleeves, and black sash set the illusion-lace dress at left on the cutting edge, while a center-front split over a Chantilly-lace micro-mini gives the look at right its progressive air. Photos courtesy of Vera Wang