We chat to the fabulous Elbeth Gillis and discover all about her stunning collections…
Who is Elbeth Gillis?
Founded in 1997, Elbeth Gillis has built a reputation amongst South African brides for dresses that are synonymous with timeless elegance, femininity and sheer luxury. Relentless in my pursuit for distinction and refinement, I use only French laces, the best silks and chiffons in off-white and ivory, intricate hand beading and sprinklings of flowers and petals on all my designs. These details are understated rather than showy.
What are your current collections?
I have several collections that are available right now: Opulence, Enchanting, Heirloom and Spring. For detailed descriptions and to view the collections, go to elbethgillis.com.
What makes Elbeth Gillis gowns unique?
While the bridal industry isn’t as trendy as high fashion, it is influenced by it, so there are things that will come and go. I instinctively pull out the elements that will transcend trends, and then translate that into a gown that is ethereal and sumptuous.
What is your best selling/favourite style?
Alicia, from my 2016 Opulence Collection, has struck a chord with brides (below). I get requests for this gown all the time!
What advice would you give to brides starting their dress search?
I like to tell brides to be aware of what you like, what suits you, and what you think you want, but also keep an open mind. It’s important to know what you like, but don’t be so bound by it that you aren’t willing to try on a dress. A dress on a person is very different from a dress on a hanger, and you may be very surprised by what you like on!
What can we expect next from Elbeth Gillis?
I’m very excited about my 2017 dresses – in fact, I’m launching two collections; Luxury and Milk & Honey! These will be available from September, but we’ve got a little sneak peek in the gallery below. The brand new issue of Love Our Wedding also features one of the gorgeous gowns from the exciting 2017 Luxury collection.
Find your nearest stockists now at elbethgillis.com.