When the rumor mill started buzzing, thanks to the Daily Mail, that Ralph & Russo was the potential lucky designer creating Meghan Markle's wedding dress, we dug up some of the label's bridal archives. Though we learned from Kate Middleton's wedding dress rumors in 2011 to take rumors with a grain of salt until we get official Kensington Palace confirmation, we still got excited. Ralph & Russo was behind Markle's engagement photo dress after all, meaning, the rumors weren't completely unfounded. Though the entire world now knows that Markle was married in other designers' dresses (one gown was made by Givenchy designed by Clare Waight Keller and her second gown was made by Stella McCartney), we think it's still imperative to introduce who Ralph & Russo is and what you need to know about the buzzy brand that's been behind some of the most gorgeous creations ever to grace the couture runways. (Not to mention the designers of Shanina Shaik's beyond sexy wedding dress!)
Here are five things you need to know about the brand, plus 10 of the most gorgeous Ralph & Russo wedding dresses we've seen.
There is a Ralph and there is a Russo. And they're married! This one is actually very straight-forward. Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo are the masterminds behind the extravagant dresses. She is the creative, and he handles business operations.
They live in London. The Australian couple is London-based.
They have a massive celeb following. When Angelina Jolie met the queen, she chose a pink suit by Ralph & Russo. She also wore a Ralph & Russo feathered white dress for the 2018 Critic's Choice Awards. Markle's BFF, Priyanka Chopra, who has previously sported the label on major red carpets, most recently wore a sultry white gown for the 2020 Grammy Awards. Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Alba, Elle Fanning, Blake Lively, Alessandra Ambrosio, Gwyneth Paltrow, and many more, have all been outfitted by Ralph & Russo.
They make the most amazing wedding dresses. Their Spring 2016 couture show finale featured one of the biggest wedding gowns in history. The train alone needed six staff members to turn it on the runway. It took 6,000 hours for 50 people to create. They also designed Madina Shokirova's $600,000 wedding dress.
They show during Paris Fashion Week. Besides being based in London, the pair shows their ready-to-wear and haute couture collections during Paris Fashion Week and Haute Couture Fashion Week. The couture show always closes with an awe-inspiring bridal moment, and those collections are not shy about embellishment. Feathers, lace, 3D florals, you name it!
The detail (and sheer volume!) of this Spring 2018 dress is sure to make your wedding look an unforgettable one.
Now, this is a look fit for royalty. Look at that feathered cape! We love everything about this Spring 2017 gown on model Alessandra Ambrosio. This will be perfect for a dramatic winter wedding.
Pile on the drama with a lace dress and an embroidered train with 3D florals just like Shanina Shaik in this Fall 2016 gown.
We love the understated appeal of this off-the-shoulder fitted bodice gown.
The ruffled tiers of this dress add major drama to any bridal look. And that embroidered veil is a subtle yet ethereal addition.
Indian film actress Sonam Kapoor looks regal in this Fall 2017 gown with her matching statement headpiece.
We love the romantic, Romeo and Juliet-esque vibes of this Spring 2016 creation on Isabeli Fontana. Just look at those dramatic billowing sleeves!
Actress Sonam Kapoor looks stunning in another Fall 2017 runway dress with an ornate, majestic train—proof that you can still wear a fitted dress without sacrificing the enormous train of your dreams.
This sleeved ball gown from the Fall 2014 collection is both delicate yet extravagant. We love the strategic sheer torso detail.
Brazilian model Ana Beatriz Barros looks immaculate in this intricately-beaded gown from Ralph & Russo's Fall 2015 Collection.