Wedding Dresses that Stand Out

Brides seeking elegant simplicity find it in Ethiopian designer Amsale Aberra's chic gowns

A scene from ABC's GREY'S ANATOMY in the episode Didn't We Almost Have It All.

Like millions of other brides, Amsale Aberra wanted to find the perfect wedding dress. Her preference was something simple yet sophisticated, but that wasn't so easy to come by in 1985, when the billowing ball-gown style made famous by Princess Diana was still the rage. "I looked through all those wedding magazines, and at that time you could not possibly find something simple," she recalls. So Aberra, an assistant designer at a sportswear label, made her own dress. It had clean lines, a simple chiffon skirt and illusion sleeves.

A few months later, thinking that "it cannot be that I am...

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