From edgy details to voluminous bell sleeves, these wedding gown designers have added a theatrical touch to their Autumn/Winter 2018 collections. Let's take a look at the season’s showstoppers.

1. Elie Saab

Dubbed "Theater of Light", Elie Saab’s new collection sets the stage for a truly luminous bride. Arabesques, fine lines or leafy branches take form on floor-length mermaid gowns or A-line skirts of voluminous tulle, playing on the structure of the form-fitting bustiers in a variety of styles.

The designer’s signature embellishments are evident in the intricate detailing, from the ethereal beading and delicate appliques to the shimmering sequins and metallic threads.

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2. Danielle Frankel

Danielle Frankel taps into her years of experience at both Marchesa and Vera Wang for her debut bridal collection, made for the modern woman who “knows what she wants.” The collection is composed of pieces that are flexible and meant to be styled.

A-line gowns, for example, are split open and can be worn over cigarette pants. Separates can be mixed and matched between ceremony and reception, and are designed to be worn for more than just one special day.

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3. Inbal Dror

Inbal Dror has described her latest collection as “sophisticated, fantasy-like and dreamy.” She’s right. With pieces ranging from a plunging tuxedo peplum jacket over a high-slit skirt to a glistening see-through dress, her designs are perhaps better suited to the red carpet than walking down the aisle.

It’s no surprise, then, that her glittering gowns have attracted fans like Beyoncé and Naomi Watts. As Dror says of her style, “it’s meant to shine like stars.”

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4. Costarellos

For the bohemian bride looking for an ethereal dress for a wedding by the sea, Greek designer Costarellos is your man. His use of delicate embroidery, diaphanous fabrics, oral lace appliques and column silhouettes are the stuff Woodstock dreams are made of.

This latest collection features statement sleeves, over flowing lace and ultra-feminine ruffles that lend a free-spirited ease to classic Grecian silhouettes.

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5. Ashi Studio

Mohammed Ashi’s “The Girl on the Moon” collection is imbued with a lunar elegance. The breathtaking designs, with billowing sleeves, architectural bodices and sculpted skirts, are available in white, ivory and surprisingly in black.

In keeping with the celestial theme, some dresses feature 3D designs of sun patterns, while every gown—short front hem or medium train—offers cascading ruffles for a highly dramatic effect.

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6. Vera Wang

With the generous mix of lace and embroidery, Vera Wang’s latest bridal collection has more than a hint of the theatre. The designs, a modern play on the classic ball gown, feature silk corsets, French tulle overlays and hand appliqué macrame lace panels.

The traditional bridal veil is replaced by beaded headbands, feather hair accessories, or three-dimensional oral headpieces, adding a dramatic, dreamy effect that is both simple and romantic.

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7. Lela Rose

Lela Rose unveiled her latest bridal collection in a public sculpture garden in New York, a fitting setting for the designer’s classic American take on her all-time favourite gowns from decades past.

Reworking archival designs, Rose maintains her trademark minimalist approach to design—read no fuss and lots of charm—while offering some playful riffs on signature elements such as the classic Swiss dots she has doted on in year’s past.

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See also: How Lim May Jian perfectly executed the Hamptons luxe theme at her wedding reception

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