Our Philosophy

zuhair-murad-couture-bridal-gowns-dimitras-bridal-boutique-chicagoLocated in Chicago’s esteemed Oak Street fashion boutique district, Dimitra’s Bridal Couture opened its doors in 2001, bringing to Chicago’s bridal scene an experience that cannot be found in any other Chicago bridal boutique.  The pedigree of founder Dimitra Maroulis, a European couturier seamstress, has been fundamental to our philosophy: to combine expertise and exceptional service with grace and warmth.  Leaving pretense to the side, we focus on bringing the best designer bridal gowns from all over the world to Chicago brides!  This signature approach has established us as one of Chicago’s premier bridal salons, and Chicago brides’ favorite bridal shopping experience.

Working by appointment ensures that our bridal consultants meet one-on-one with every bride, guiding them through our extensive selection of designer wedding dresses.  Having spoken with the bride about her vision, stylists use their experience to pull the bridal silhouettes and styles that are best suited for the bride and her wedding. Whether your inspiration is classic and timeless, glamorous and sexy, or bohemian chic, there is sure to be the perfect gown within our carefully curated selection of designers!

Our couture wedding dress collections include hard to find, coveted designers such as Zuhair Murad, Ersa Atelier, Inbal Dror, Francesca Miranda, and YolanCris.  These lines are complemented by renowned bridal houses such as Kenneth Pool, Ines Di Santo, Edgardo Bonilla, Alvina Valenta, Stephen Yearick, Ysa Makino, Matthew Christopher and more!  The well-appointed accessory collection is just as carefully selected, representing the best in the industry including designers Maria Elena, Erin Cole, Nymphi Design, Jennifer Leigh, and Erica Koesler, to name a few!

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Our Promise

Dimitra’s reputation has been built on thousands of very happy brides, mothers, and social occasion clientele. Our approach is one of personable elegance. While we represent one of the most fashionable and exclusive designer collections in bridal and evening wear in Chicago’s prestigious Gold Coast, we do so with the confidence and grace born of expertise, putting pretense to the side. The notion that fashion need be high brow or demeaning is not part of our culture; we focus instead on impeccable styling and achieving the vision of our client, with courtesy and the highest standards of service. Working by appointment only provides a true one on one experience, whereby our professional consultants are able to guide every client through an extensive collection of gowns.

History

Dimitra’s Bridal Couture was born from the life long devotion and passion of founding partner Dimitra Maroulis. Raised in her mother’s atelier in Athens, Greece, she developed an intuitive understanding of fabrics, garment making, and achieving impeccable fit. As the daughter of a master dressmaker and seamstress, Dimitra literally grew up learning European garment making techniques as soon as she could put thread through a needle. She went on to study fashion design and pattern making at FIT in New York, and started her own atelier once she landed in Chicago, in 1972. Having established a strong following for her dressmaking skills, she also served as the head seamstress for Vera Wang at Barney’s New York. Finally in 2001, she decided it was time to take a chance, and together with her daughter Constantina opened her own boutique, featuring designer collections from all over the world.

ersa_atelier_designer_bridal_gowns_chicago_bridal_shops_dimitras_bridal_coutureIn 2003 Maria Weclewicz became Dimitra’s partner and “second daughter”, having initially come to the boutique as an intern from the Illinois Institute of Art’s school of fashion design. Maria had a dream from childhood, to be a fashion designer. Unable to leave family responsibilities in Chicago, her focus and fighting spirit would not allow her to give up. She pursued her passion at IIA, while raising a young son and holding down a full time job, ultimately graduating with honors. Dimitra knew immediately that hers was a spirit much like her own, and decided to take her on as a partner in the business. With this dynamic relationship forged, Dimitra’s quickly expanded into one of the premier salons in the Gold Coast, while staying true to the founding vision of a warm, elegant boutique featuring couture gowns and exceptional service.

Constantina Maroulis-Sweeney, much liker her own mother, has worked by her mother’s side from the time she was a young child. She always took for granted the sewing machine as a central part of the home. Ultimately choosing to pursue studies in Philosophy and Political Science at Loyola University, she worked her way through college in the service industry, where she developed her skills in customer service and a commitment to surpassing customer expectations. At the same time, she continued to help her mother in her home-based atelier, where they often spoke of one day starting a salon, combining her mother’s unsurpassed skill and knowledge with Tina’s vision for a truly warm and unpretentious couture boutique. They could have never predicted how wonderfully the reaction would be to their idea, and with Maria on board, Dimitra’s quickly took off as a premier boutique beloved by Chicago brides, and a best kept secret of Chicago’s social occasion and gala clientele!

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