The ultimate in African wedding gowns and ethnic bridal dresses was on display in New York City during the annual bridal showcase that was hosted by Circle of Sisters and WBLS Radio. The guest brides appeared to be in awe over the display of colorfully designed bridal gowns. One may think, once you’ve seen one white wedding dress, you’ve seen them all. However, these are no ordinary wedding gowns.
On display was the launch of the ‘Queen of the Brides‘ collection by TeKay Designs. TeKay Designs presented wedding gowns and groom’s attire that represents matriarchs from ancient civilizations. Brides who want an event that’s to be remembered for generations invest in a theme that’s centered around the bridal gown. And no theme is more compelling than that of your heritage. Each runway model displayed cultural bridal attire and ethnic gowns inspired by the ancient thrones of Africa.
The models portrayed Queen Sheba of Ethiopia, Queen Mumtaz Mahal of India, and Egyptian queens Cleopatra, Nefertiti, Tiye, Ankhesenamun, and Hatshepsut. The presentation wouldn’t have been complete with out a Pharaoh to escort each Egyptian queen. After all, shouldn’t every bride have her own bare-skinned Pharaoh?
Each fashion look features an aesthetic embellishment such as a necklace, bracelet, veil or headpiece that’s of cultural or historic relevance. Veils have been a traditional wedding staple for years, dating back to the 13th century BC. Ancient Egyptian queens wore a range of elaborate crowns and head pieces linked frequently to the Queen’s role of a goddess such as Isis. In modern times, the veil is more a symbol of wedding elegance, and a fashion accessory that complements the dress.
TeKay’s bronze metallic headpiece has gold beads and scales and is a historical replica of headpieces worn by Egyptian Queen Cleopatra. Queen Nefertiti’s gown has hand stitched golden crystal trim, appliques and beads. But the jewelry and headpieces complete the look.
The statement necklace with pearls, crystals and hand blown faceted glass beads has a distinct, royal Egyptian look. The gold, silver, and rhinestone headpiece with a crystal applique in it’s center added a finishing touch of regal beauty to the ensemble. However, the gowns that are inspired by culture, such as the Maasai wedding dress are equally as regal. The Maasai people in Kenya are a proud nomadic warrior tribe whose women wear elaborate and colorful beaded necklaces and bold earrings.
The fashion line-up also included flower girl dresses with embroidered colors to match the ethnic bridal gowns. As an option, TeKay’s gowns can be ordered with a set of matching bridesmaid’s dresses and groomsmen’s attire to complete a theme wedding ceremony. TeKay’s cultural gowns and jewelry are fused with western silhouettes, and can be worn for occasions beyond the wedding date.
Creative Director Kimma Wreh introduced the ‘Queen of the Brides’ collection that was launched early this year. “We are very excited to introduce our new bridal collection. Each dress is unique and has never been seen in the New York market. New York is known for trend-setting fashions so it’s important that the Queen of the Brides collection be well received by style conscious New Yorkers. We are also very proud to showcase at an event where African-American brides are the focus. TeKay Designs offers a cultural option for brides who want to add meaning to their wedding by incorporating their African culture into the affair. Sharing your culture does more than define you, sharing your culture completes your entire family. It’s a gift that transcends to future generations“, says Wreh.
During the event, TeKay Designs offered a free ethnic bridal gown give-away for a lucky bride that entered their promotional contest. So if you’re a bride who is inspired by culture, and is worthy of royalty; this promotional opportunity was certainly for you.