There's nothing more quintessentially fashionable than a well fitted black dress, regardless of length, silhouette or fabric there's a very chic element to such a deep and dramatic colour. With the modern wedding being less about upholding traditions and more about a fun celebration with friends, family and your spouse having a black gown isn't the controversial choice it was years ago! Follow in the footsteps of iconic brides like Sarah Jessica Parker, Chloë Sevigny and Tina Turner and make a bold fashion choice on your big day with a sexy, dynamic and jaw-dropping black gown.

A black dress gives off a similar statement to a pure white gown, sleek, simple, dramatic and goes with anything. The perfect base for personalised embellishments, delicate embroidery or more crystals than anybody thought possible, here are 20 gorgeous black gowns handpicked for your walk down the aisle!

1/ Ann Demeulemeester 


Open-back Wool and Silk-blend Maxi Dress 
€1,089 from NET-A-PORTER

2/ Rick Owens

Cape-back Silk-georgette Fishtail Gown 

3/ Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini

Flared Satin Long Dress 

4/ Oscar De La Renta

Embroidered Tulle Midi Dress 
€8,168 from NET-A-PORTER

5/ Nensi Dojaka

Draped Chiffon Maxi Dress 

6/ Gucci

Lace Classic Floral Camisole Dress 
€3,200 from LUISAVIAROMA

7/ Giuseppe Di Morabito

Strapless Viscose Long Dress 

8/ Giuseppe Di Morabito

Embellished Lycra Long Dress 

9/ Giambattista Valli 

Ruffled Off-The-Shoulder Cotton Midi Dress 
€1,788 from MODA OPERANDI

10/ Zuhair Murad

Embroidered Velvet Mermaid Dress 
€5,530 from LUISAVIAROMA

11/ Etro

Padded-shoulder Paisley-jacquard Velvet Maxi Dress

12/ Elie Saab 

Macramé Long Dress With Belt 
€3,000 from LUISAVIAROMA

13/ Carolina Herrera

Ruffled V-neck Sequinned Gown 

14/ Brock Collection 

Flamed Cotton-Blend Midi Dress 

15/ Azzaro

Silk Georgette Deep V Neck Dress 
€1,800 from LUISAVIAROMA

16/ Alexander McQueen 

Bustier-bodice Chantilly-lace Gown 

17/ Alessandra Rich

Velvet Duchesse Evening Gown
€1,755 from LUISAVIAROMA

18/ Alessandra Rich

Duchesse Lace Gown 
€4,695 from LUISAVIAROMA

19/ LoveShackFancy

Aneesha Cutout Metallic Fil Coupé Crepe De Chine Maxi Dress 
€809 from NET-A-PORTER

20/ Rodarte


Cape-effect Crystal-embellished Crepe Gown 
€2,835 from NET-A-PORTER

- Gráinne