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13 Under-The-Radar Designers to Consider for Your Bridal Entourage

Give your bridesmaids, flower girls, and godmothers beautiful dresses for walking down the aisle.
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Manila is replete with amazing fashion designers who do custom-made gowns for an entire bridal entourage. With their distinct taste and mastery of their craft, these designers will make brides breathe a little easier knowing that everyone walking down the aisle will not only look cohesive but simply breathtaking in their own right. Here are 13 designers with unique styles so brides-to-be can choose whom they resonate with the most. 

1. Zandra Lim-Imasa

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This designer creates classic gowns in universally flattering designs. Based on the photos the designer shares on her Instagram profile, she tends to gravitate toward soft, easy silhouettes, and feminine ruffles that make for a glamorous entourage.

2. Mariane Perez

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One could rely on designer Mariane Perez for entourage dresses in feminine colors and shapes. Give her a specific color in mind (such as the blush pink one seen above) and she could design a different dress for each person in your entourage. That’s the mark of a true creative designer.

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3. Jazel Sy

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Clean, crisp, and well-made. Jazel Sy creates breathtaking bridal gowns (often using those much-loved appliqués) with entourage gowns to match. The result? Designs that are elegant and timeless. 

4. Julianne Syjuco

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Bridal designer Julianne Syjuco is known for her princess-like designs worthy of a grand occasion. We suppose her muse is a modern Cinderella. The designer’s entourage creations are just as magical, featuring luscious bows, dripping ruffles, and wave-like skirts. Feathers and glitter, optional.

5. Cherry Veric

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For brides-to-be with a flair for the theatrical, fashion designer Cherry Veric is the best choice for your wedding entourage. He often mixes crazy, printed fabrics in a way that simply works. His 2019 holiday collection presented at the Manila Fashion Festival is a testament to that statement-making spirit. (The models seem like they were lifted from a baroque painting!)

6. Jigs Miranda

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Brides-to-be who love flirty, festive pieces will want to flock to RTW and bespoke designer Jigs Miranda. Expect to see your entourage in a wide range of textures—from sheer, to shiny, to sequined. Aside from experimenting with different fabrics, the designer can also create classic minimalist pieces.

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7. Hannah Kong

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The Hannah Kong wedding entourage will seem like confections straight out of a pastry maker’s tin can using lace, beads, feathers, and texture. Scrolling through the designer’s Instagram is a true delight, what with the dreamy pastels sprinkled with all things nice (i.e. floral appliqués and hand-painted details, among others).

8. Esme Palaganas

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Esme Palaganas is known for her heavy use of textures, especially tiered ruffles, pleats, and a lot of tulle. Her magical, typically frothy creations have a fairytale-like quality to them, ensuring the entourage a sartorial happy ever after.

9. Tony Evan

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Tony Evan loves to highlight shapes and movement in his designs via voluminous skirts, molded ruched bodices, and ruffles that practically come alive. Imagine an entourage wearing various silhouettes—that would be very much like a performance.

10. Irene Lee of Wear Easy Couture

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For those who aren’t sure yet as to how to outfit the entourage, give Wear Easy Couture a call. Irene Lee, the designer behind the brand, manifests very versatile design skills and can whip up creations depending on your preferences—whether it’s a fully beaded gown, a frou-frou type of frock, or even just a simple halter dress. 

11. Patricia Syquiatco

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Despite the increasing number of trendy wedding looks, nothing beats a good old classic. Syquiatco’s designs are timeless, simple, comfortable, yet very stylish. Each person in the entourage will be glad to slip into one of her dresses. 

12. Vee Tan

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Soft glamour, care of Vee Tan. This designer can craft tasteful long gowns using different elements, silhouettes, and colors—she can even make the color dove grey (as seen above) look smashing on an entourage. Now everyone in the group can feel like the belle of the ball.

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13. Anthony Ramirez

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There’s something about draped dresses that are so chic, so sophisticated. Well, Anthony Ramirez has mastered that and more. The designer offers beautiful bejeweled gowns even fit for fêtes post-wedding; there are darling dresses with asymmetrical necklines, a brooch here and there. Think of his designs as a modern take on those dinner party ensembles of yesteryear.

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