Molteno Couture

Body Positivity

At Molteno Couture, we understand that each of you has a deeply personal relationship with your body. Our mission is to create a safe space for you to share where you are on your journey towards self-acceptance and guide you on how to enhance your best features, giving you the confidence to enjoy every moment of your big day!

Whether you’re a bride-to-be or a matric dance dress client, we work with you on a holistic level, looking at your inspiration, aspirations, personal style, and your body image, so that you step out feeling gorgeous inside and out. Confidence comes with comfort, and nothing is more attractive than confidence.

“There is no need to struggle with your body when you can make a loving and grateful peace with it.” – Oprah Winfrey

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Inclusivity

The beauty of the world lies in the diversity of its people, and at Molteno Couture, we celebrate and welcome that full diversity with open arms. From varied backgrounds, varying ethnicities, religions, sexualities, ages, body shapes and sizes, it is our pleasure to serve and collaborate with all of you who want to share the joy of creating a special gown that captures your essence.

We understand the pressures and stress involved in going shopping for a dress when you’re a woman with curves or someone with an alternative style, looking for something unconventional. Through offering inclusive designs, such as Islamic hijab bridal wear and matric ball dresses for our Muslim clients. We cater for all body types, petite or plus-size, we encourage you to find the dress that works for you, rather than telling you to change for your dress.

Plus size wedding dresses and Matric Farewell dresses

Are you one of many plus-size women who walk through my doors who have a special occasion, be it their wedding or matric dance, and are finding that boutiques in Cape Town do not cater to you? I empathize, and have been paying special attention in recent years to not only accommodating, but doing everything in my power to best serve you!

For my plus size bridal collection, browse here

What does body positivity mean to me?

Rose: “To me, it means loving your body the way it is, even if there are things you would like to change about it. As a woman in recovery from an eating disorder, I know what it’s like to have an unhealthy relationship with my body. I know the pain of feeling that my body doesn’t measure up, no matter what I try, and I have seen countless women walk through my door experiencing the same pain. We each have our own relationship with our body and are all on our own journey of self-acceptance. I am here to tell you that wherever you are – it’s okay.”

wedding dress designer Rose Molteno

Meet Rose

the artist behind Molteno Couture

I am the designer behind Molteno Couture and I wanted to be a fashion designer for as long as I can remember. I have always been passionate about the detail involved in couture gowns and bridal wear, so starting my own couture label is a dream come true.

What makes what I do even more special, is sharing the creative process with my clients, and with my teams’ skills, I can help them to bring their vision to life!

Over the past 13 years, I have found the perfect team of ladies who each bring their own expertise to the table. Today I can confidently say that we can create garments of the highest quality.

As someone in recovery from an eating disorder, I understand that each woman has a deeply personal relationship with their body. In an industry rife with messaging that you need to look perfect on your wedding day, at all costs, I am here to advocate for health and body acceptance. I understand we each have our own journey in this regard, and I am here to support you and help you to feel like the most beautiful version of you, with patience and acceptance.

For me, what I do is more than just make a dress. It’s a form of creative expression that is magical to provide share with someone. It’s an experience, a partnership and a journey that will leave each one of my clients with special memories for life! 

Our Story

Philosophy

At Molteno Couture, we believe that a bridal gown or matric dance dress is much more than a dress – it’s an extension of one’s personality and the experience should be as unique as you are.

We use our innovative ideas to push the boundaries of fashion and strive to be distinctive. Matching our creativity with your ideals is the foundation upon which our design philosophy is built.

Passion

we offer a one-on-one experience

From bridal and matric dance gowns to any other special occasion dresses, we offer a one-on-one experience with you and are passionate about creating an environment that is enjoyable and stress free. With years of experience, our talented designer, Rose, will make your dream dress come to life and give you the opportunity to express your vision during our collaborative creative process. We will take the time to explore your story, including your relationship with your body – as understanding your emotional and physical needs is as vital as achieving your aesthetic goals.

What to expect

At Molteno Couture, you can look forward to a dress that will be a memorable masterpiece, crafted with the finest fabrics and hand-finished embellishments. We also specialise in extraordinary defining corsetry and meticulous dress-structuring, ensuring that your gown will fit you like a glove.

For those of you who don’t have time to go the custom-made route, Molteno Couture offers ready-to-wear, one-of-a-kind options for every body type.