Steven Khalil is one of Australia’s leading designers, known for his head-turning eveningwear and bridal gowns. His designs are sought after for their elegance and sophistication, combining classic elements of a bygone era with a contemporary edge.

At an early age Khalil showed an interest  in design, especially captivated by the movement and drape of fabrics. He studied fashion in school, and upon graduation at nineteen, quickly garnered attention for his creative eye and meticulous workmanship. He began in renowned bridal houses, where he rapidly rose through the ranks, appointed head designer at only twenty-two years of age.

In 2003, Khalil started his own label in Sydney. Drawn to the classical era of European couture, he expanded beyond his breathtaking bridal gowns to include couture designs that incorporate both modern refinement and old world luxury. Steven Khalil Couture is a favorite of celebrities, among them Eva Longoria, Giuliana Rancic, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, and Paula Abdul, who are often photographed on the red carpet in his designs.

FEMME ROUGE brought the best of Khalil’s couture collections to an historic theatre  in downtown Los Angeles for our exclusive photo shoot. (Get a glimpse behind the scenes in our video above.)


Dare to bare in this strapless gown with a nude sweetheart bodice covered in delicate black beads and a flowing tulle skirt.


This strapless bodice pairs bold metallic burnt cutouts with rich burgundy chiffon in a layered side split skirt.



A high neck in midnight black lace puts a sensual spin on this gown. The full tulle skirt rounds out the feminine details in the three-quarter length lace sleeves.



Dramatic canary yellow embroidery over nude tulle makes a glamorous statement in this fitted mermaid gown.


The feminine retro shape of this strapless gown is covered in a layer of sparkling beaded mesh. The bodice features curved satin details to accentuate the waist.


This navy gown is beautifully beaded from the boat neck to the floor-length hem. Long sleeves and a belted waist add structure to the translucent flowing form.


(Left) Ebony sequins shimmer covering this figure-hugging black gown. The straps are detailed in tulle, and the waist is cinched with a narrow black satin belt.

(Center) A labyrinth of black lace adorns the sleeves and belted bodice of this elegant gown with a high front slit in the long skirt.

(Right) This bold black gown reveals thigh-high beaded lace panels, along with a beaded bodice that is equally alluring. Straps may be worn on the shoulder as shown, or down at the sides for an off-the-shoulder effect.


This sleeveless dress on the left is crafted from sumptuous silver satin. The full A-line skirt with front pleats adds playful movement. Blush floral silk makes this strapless gown on the right fresh, while the fitted bodice and full skirt are timeless.

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