Princess Diana inspired millions of people around the world with her beauty, elegance and compassion. When she got married to Prince Charles on 29 July 1981, millions of girls and women dreamed of getting married in such a breathtakingly beautiful wedding gown with a 25-foot train. But one schoolboy in Sydney, Australia was so fascinated by the magnificent Princess Di and her ivory silk taffeta and antique lace wedding dress by David and Elizabeth Manuel, that from that day on he dreamt of becoming a famous fashion designer.

Today, Steven Khalil is recognised as one of Australia’s leading fashion designers in red carpet and bridal gowns. His designs are renowned for their elegance, glamour and beauty, combining classical elements of bygone eras with a contemporary edge.

(Above) Like a fairy tale from 1001 Nights: the magnificent wedding gown of the Steven Khalil Haute Couture Fall 2019 collection.


In July 2019, Steven Khalil presented Dames en Fleurs, his first haute couture show in Paris. The story behind the collection explores the anatomy and fragility of flowers, their natural peculiarity and softness, while combining and expressing these notions with a mixture of strength and romanticism. The couturier emulated and conveyed different flowers in varying stages of bloom – from tightly wrapped buds that hug and wrap the body to blossoms unfurling for a spring morning and fully fledged flowers triumphantly open and joyous.

The collection featured colourways of dove and pale pink, cornflower blues to deep jades and dramatic blacks rounding out the palette. Steven Khalil has designed a collection rich with surface detailing and using exclusive embroidery techniques. Most of these hand finished and detailed gowns can take from 100-200 hours to design, construct and finish. This is part of the DNA of the Australian brand. Every collection is different but still special.

In a recent interview with Vogue Australia, Steven Khalil said: “I love Paris – the city, its energy and culture are always a reference for me and my work. It is a very cosmopolitan city with such a rich history of supporting and nurturing the arts and artists in all forms.”

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Take a seat in the first row and enjoy Steven Khalil’s first haute couture show in Paris which took place on 1st July at the Hôtel Le Marois, a magnificent aristocratic townhouse on Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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