It is a commonly held assumption that bridesmaids’ dresses will be a monstrosity of tulle and taffeta. However, future bridesmaids fear not. The new Manning Cartell ‘Always the Bridesmaid’ collection defies this archaic stereotype. Cloudy fabrics, dreamy hues and clever draping underpin this feminine and subtle approach to wedding glamour.



Couturing catches up with the three founding sisters, Cheryl, Vanessa and Gabrielle Manning to discuss their new collection.

1. Where did you draw inspiration from for ‘Brides’?

A couple of seasons ago we had a few silhouettes that were very well received by customers looking for outfits for their bridesmaids and special occasions, it evolved organically from here, we were inundated with requests and found there was a real gap in the market for girls seeking an edgier option for such special events.

2.      How do you think bridesmaid dresses have evolved over time?

I think girls are starting to become more adventurous, people are no longer afraid of breaking the rules. We find girls are seeking more fun and relaxed styles and experimenting with different colours and fabrications.

3.      What are you favorite pieces in the collection?

The Our Rhythm dress in white, is modern and clean and delivers instant elegance, it’s a modern take for bridesmaids and beautifully draped. It’s also a style that your bridesmaid will actually wear again.


4.      Do you have any advice for a bride choosing her bridesmaids’ gowns?

Stay true to your personal style, our tip is to go for something timeless and classic that won’t date. It’s also important to take into account different body types and shapes when searching for a dress.

About The Author

Jade has a business degree from King's College London and a wardrobe scattered over Kuala Lumpur, London and Melbourne. Her current life goal is to live in one country for more than four months so she can finally 'have my entire wardrobe in one place'. Jade describes herself as a professional nomad with a penchant for asymmetrical hems, the 80s and post-modern literature.

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