An Interview with Elbeth Gillis

We talk to a bridal expert


If you are searching for a dream wedding gown that is filled with style and made to an exceptional quality then take a look at some gorgeous Elbeth Gillis gowns. We have been lucky enough to have a chat with Elbeth about her company, the latest designs and some exciting news...

Timeless design meets sophisticated style; the Elbeth Gillis brand is the hallmark of all that is feminine, as eternal and inspiring as the union of marriage itself.

Founded in 1997, the Elbeth Gillis brand has emerged as the pre-eminent house of bridal and evening couture. Driven by an unrivalled degree of quality and subtle sensuality, each dress is a journey; from fabrics sourced internationally to original designs to the personal touches, every dress is as unique as the bride who wears it.

Caroline Atelier

As the head of her eponymous brand, Elbeth embodies the same virtues that her brides find in their dresses; style, charm, and uncompromising class. With a three-year fashion diploma from The Cape Peninsula University of Technology behind her, as well as more than twenty years experience in the industry, Elbeth’s work is testament to her talent in creating the perfect garment.

Each client receives a one on one consultation with Elbeth, whose talented Cape Town team carefully handcrafts each piece, ensuring that it fits the bride perfectly. With Elbeth, your wedding or evening gown is more than just a dress — it is the beginning of your special journey, harnessing different elements to create a breathtaking piece to be remembered and cherished forever.

What is the inspiration behind your 2013 collection?

The new collection is inspired by spring and is lively and fresh. It features meticulously crafted petals and blossoms, laid over soft tulles and the finest silk chiffons. Imported French Chantilly lace details provide accents, emphasizing the bride’s shoulders and back. The lace motif is continued with delicate cap sleeves and covered buttons, adding a demure elegance. These beautiful gowns are embellished with light and airy trims, including fine beadwork, pearls, crystals, diamanté, and soft bows in the waist.

In homage to the 1950s “Golden Age” of couture, the collection will also feature a peplum dress, as well as one of the season’s hottest trends: the illusion neckline. This gorgeous vintage touch adds a subtle sensuality, hinting at being revealing without baring too much skin.

Caroline Atelier

Figures are classic, incorporating both traditional and modern silhouettes. This season incorporates some shorter gowns and even convertible dresses, which can quickly transform from formal bridal wear to something more fun for the reception.

What wedding dress trends do you predict for 2014 brides?

The most important trend for 2014 is low back and interesting back details. Illusion necklines and backs are huge and is what most brides are asking for. Long sleeves, mostly in lace is also something to look out for. Bodices in corset styles with underwire and cups bring a sexy twist to the 2014 trends.

What advice would you give to brides searching for their perfect dress?

Try on all the different shapes and styles, even if you think it will not suit you. You might be surprised.

Make sure that dress fits in with type of wedding that you are having. Remember to keep is simple. Rather use more expensive fabrics and have less detail.

Caroline Atelier

Do you have a favourite design from your collection?

No, I love all the dresses.

Is there a celebrity whose wedding dress you would love to design?

I would love to design a dress for Taylor Swift. I love her personal style. It is very feminine and is reminiscent of my designs.

How can brides get hold of an Elbeth Gillis wedding gown?

Currently brides can contact us directly in Cape Town. From next month we will be stocked in Morgan Davies in London and from December in other bridal stores in the UK.


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