See Marchesa Wedding Dresses From Bridal Fashion Week

Here’s the designer's latest collection to hit the bridal runways.
by Allison Manuel
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Marchesa is known for ultra-romantic, ethereal dresses, worn by fashionistas both on the red carpet and down the aisle. The renowned fashion house produces gorgeous, dreamy designs worn by celebrity brides like Julianne Hough and Blake Lively. Marchesa wedding dresses are designed to look regal and utterly romantic, boasting dreamy details such as fluttery appliqués, floral embroideries, intricate lace, silk ribbons, and frothy tulle. The beautifully crafted designs fuse high fashion with an eclectic aesthetic resulting in an overall whimsical feel. While romance is at the foundation of the Marchesa’s ethos, their bridal gowns are also sophisticated and contemporary, making them perfect for modern brides.

Marchesa’s Fall 2020 Wedding Dresses

Marchesa mermaid dress with puffed sleeves

Mermaid dress with tulle skirt, puffed sleeved and embroidered bodice. 

Marchesa V-neck beaded wedding dress

V-neck wedding dress with sheer long sleeves and embroidered tulle overlay. 

Marchesa wedding dress with tulle overlay

Wedding dress with lace bodice and tulle overlay.

Marchesa embroidered wedding dress

V-neck wedding dress with floral embroidery. 

Marchesa strapless ballgown with floral appliques

Strapless ballgown with floral appliques. 

Marchesa illusion neckline dress with embroidery

Fitted dress with illusion neckline, cap sleeves, emroidery and bow detail. 

Marchesa wedding dress with V-neckline, wrap detail and embroidery

Wedding dress with V-neckline, wrap detail, embroidery and long sleeves. 

Marchesa illusion neckline dress with beaded bodice

A-line wedding dress with illusion neckline and embroidered bodice. 

Marchesa strapless wedding dress with floral appliques

Strapless wedding dress with beaded bodice and floral appliques. 

Marchesa's Signature Style

Elegant bridal gowns, inspired by vintage and Asian influences, define the Marchesa bridal collection. Their wedding dress collections always feature classic silhouettes, timeless necklines, tiered skirts dramatic trains and 3-D floral embroideries.

A Brief History of Marchesa

Founders Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig met at Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. Chapman, a graduate of the Wimbledon School of Art, began her career as a costume designer, while Craig graduated from Brighton Art College focused on print and embroidery design. Chapman's draping and design paired with Craig's textile creations resulted in the establishment of Marchesa in 2004.

Marchesa Collection History

The Marchesa Fall 2018 line of dresses included an array of unique silhouettes, fabrics, and styles, as well as standout details such as dramatic 3D flowers, pearl beading and subtle, tonal sequins. 

The Spring 2019 Marchesa collection featured fashion-forward details such as beaded, puff long sleeves,as well as big, bold blooms and voluminous, oversized bows.Intricately layered silhouettes were also of note in the collection, from ball gowns with tiered skirts and ruffled trains to removable capes and capelets.

Marchesa’s Fall 2019 collection is filled with elegant, ethereal styles-from a floral lace A-line dress with a low v-neckline and draped sleeves, to the strapless ball gown with architectural details. Many of the dresses in the collection feature floral motifs, layered skirts and fringe accents.

The Spring Marchesa 2020 wedding dress collection features pieces with a couture-inspired embellishments, such as 3-D petals, crystal embroideries, gigantic bows and stacked tulle rosettes. One of the highlights of this collection is the variety of removable pieces, like ruffled sleeves, diaphanous jackets, robes, and flowy capes.

Other Marchesa Labels

In 2006, Marchesa launched Marchesa Notte, an evening wear and bridal collection that speaks to a younger crowd of fashion enthusiasts and offers a more accessible price point. Riffing off of Marchesa’s aesthetic, Marchesa Notte features heavily embellished vintage-inspired gowns with with beads, sequins and ruffles.

Marchesa launched its first accessories collection in 2009, debuting handbags at the Chelsea Art Museum during New York Fashion Week. The collection included 28 clutches and evening cases with details you’d find on Marchesa dresses: beading, pleating and corsetry.

In 2010, Marchesa collaborated with Le Métier de Beauté on a cosmetics line featuring eye, cheek, lip, and face palettes, eight shades of double-ended lip glosses, and highlighting pens.

In 2012, Marchesa designed The Lenox Couture Collection of dinnerware and flatware made exclusively for Lenox. From beautifully crafted dish sets to luxury flatware, the collection exudes opulence and high fashion. 

Famous Marchesa Brides

Dancer Julianne Hough said "I do" in two gorgeous custom Marchesa wedding gowns for her wedding in 2017. The first was a timeless, structured strapless gown with a sweetheart neckline and dramatic train. After the ceremony, Hough changed into a much bolder look for the reception: a sexy, pearl-and crystal-beaded bodysuit beneath a sheer tulle skirt and cape.

Blake Lively married Ryan Reynolds in an intimate ceremony in September 2012, wearing a custom designed Marchesa dress. The silk tulle gown featured a fitted bodice, illusion crystal beading on the shoulders and rose-gold embroidery.

In 2011, model Molly Sims wore a modified Marchesa Isadora gown from the Spring 2012 Collection for her simple, elegant affair held in Napa Valley. The gown featured a sheer neckline, appliquéd cascade sleeve and delicate buttons up the back. 

Nicole Richie wore a Marchesa gown inspired by Grace Kelly's famous wedding dress with lace sleeves, high-neckline, and a full skirt to wed longtime love Joel Madden in 2010.

Fun Facts About Marchesa

Marchesa is known for designing dresses for celebrities, including Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Lopez, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, and Penélope Cruz.

Marchesa is named after socialite Marchesa Luisa Casati. 

Sienna Miller wore Marchesa on the cover of Vogue magazine's September 2007 issue, which was the subject of the 2009 documentary, The September Issue.

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