When thinking of top wedding dress designers, few—if any—faces of color come to mind. There definitely isn’t a lack of talent in the mainstream bridal space, but there is a lack of diversity.
“Right now there is no black bridal designer at the height of the industry. Amsale was the exception,” Andrea Pitter Campbell of Pantora Bridal, a salon catering to black brides, says.
The late Amsale Aberra not only shook up the industry with her designs, she was a trendsetter when she broke into the industry in the '80s, creating luxurious dresses for the minimal bride. She was also the only black designer at the forefront of the industry.
As a black woman and a business owner, Pitter Campbell sees the gap firsthand. “I'm not sure why [diversity is] lacking because we take up just as much of the space,” she says. “I’m not sure why we’re not thought of when it comes to at least having a woman of color consultant in the store, someone who understands our body types and the types of events that we throw culturally and how we need to dress.”
Pitter Campbell hopes her line can achieve the same level of recognition as Amsale, but as her own star rises, she hopes to bring a few friends with her.
“As Pantora is on the rise, I hope it’s not just Pantora because we don’t need to be the only or the first,” she says. “It would be nice if brides could find a black designer just that easy.”
So in addition to Pantora Bridal, here are a few other black bridal designers that all brides-to-be should put on their radar.