Featured Designer: Amsale Aberra (Ethiopian Wedding Gown Designer)

Amsale’s elegant designs have made her the number one couture wedding gown designer in the United States, and won her the reputation as the creator of the modern wedding dress. Though most recognized for her exquisite bridal wear, Amsale has also gained a strong celebrity following for her eveningwear, as seen at the Academy Awards and other high profile events on stars such as Kim Basinger, Salma Hayek, Julianna Marguiles, and Vanessa Williams.

Frustrated by her search for a simple, yet sophisticated gown for her 1985 nuptials to film executive Neil Brown, Amsale designed her own wedding dress. Realizing that many women shared her difficulty finding the “right dress”, Amsale launched her business in 1986 as a designer of fine bridal wear for a select clientele. Her designs gained in popularity as more brides began seeking classic dresses with a modern point-of-view. Today she is known for creating timeless and fashionable gowns that combine luxurious fabrics with fine hand-crafted beading, laces, silk flowers and tailored bows to create a strong, yet feminine look. AMSALE brides radiate style and confidence.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Ms. Aberra’s New York-based wedding- and evening-dress house, claims annual sales of about $30 million. The Amsale label is in the same league as Vera Wang, another high-end wedding-gown brand.

Click here to check out her Fall 2007 collection.

Her designs are favorites of Kim Basinger, Salma Hayek, Julianna Marguiles, and Vanessa Williams. For those within the tri-state area, the AMSALE Flagship Salon is located on the east side of Madison Avenue between 58th and 59th streets on the 2nd floor at 625 Madison Avenue.

Amsale also maintains a daily blog called:

 “Simply Chic by Amsale”

Amsale recently launched a line of couture eveningwear. The AMSALE Evening Collection is a natural progression from the classic, yet modern styles of her bridal line and has been featured on the fashion and party pages of Instyle, Harper’s Bazaar, Hello!, Vogue, WWD and W. Amsale’s bridal and evening collections are available at the finest boutiques and specialty retailers nationwide, in Canada and the U.K., and at her Madison Avenue boutique.



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4 responses to “Featured Designer: Amsale Aberra (Ethiopian Wedding Gown Designer)

  1. wow~ I wonder what her career path looked like before 1986! thanks for the post lulu

  2. lydia zereai


    I have store in Washington,DC,and it is a new store i was looking for Ethiopian designers in google site.I am looking for cosignment that after i sell the dress i can pay you.Is there any way you can help me with that kind of agrement that i can sell your dress? I realy appreciate for your time.

    Thank you
    Lydia Zereai

  3. Lilly

    Love it Love it all


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