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


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.


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.”

Rose Molteno

Meet Rose

the artist behind Molteno Couture

Anyone who has ever met Rose would describe her as a woman of passion, vision, and drive. Her devotion to creating couture masterpieces that each embody the spirit of its wearer, is what illuminates every aspect of her world. From her passion for her art and her attention to detail, Rose’s designs have made her an influential and sought-after designer in the bridal industry.

Since childhood, Rose has devoted herself to the art of fashion design. You’d often find her sitting for hours on end with a needle and thread, a bag of off-cut fabrics, and her Barbie Dolls, stitching the most fashion-forward outfits for her imaginary Catwalk Show.

She would make them stockings and accessories, swimwear and wedding gowns, everything a 20th-Century fashionista would desire. By the age of eight, she was refining her fashion-drawing techniques and by her teen years, she had built a substantial inventory of Couture Designs.

Every year on her birthday, Rose would get a subscription to Elle Magazine and study each issue cover to cover, spurring her creative muse. And today, she can proudly say that she is living her dream as a fashion designer who has garnered the attention of major fashion houses!

Our Story


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.


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.

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