The Kobus Dippenaar brand is synonymous with panache, élan and a fundamental belief that every woman has a beauty that is her own, a beauty that deserves to be emphasised.

Kobus Dippenaar is a South African-born fashion designer, most prominently known for his couture evening and bridal gowns that exhibit a strong play between masculinity and femininity, between structure and fluidity. While his style has evolved, Kobus is celebrated for his innate ability to distil a client’s best features and then accentuate those with his creations.

Born in 1968, the Swartland born designer unwittingly launched himself into the world of fashion when he began designing high school dance dresses for classmates who couldn’t afford to buy them off the rack. His mother, who had been a Home Economics teacher before she married, sewed the dresses he designed.

After completing a diploma in fashion at the Cape Town Technicon, Kobus furthered his studies in London in corsetry and millinery. His atelier is now located in the heart of Cape Town.

“I see the big picture – everything. I see the makeup, the hair, the mood, the tone, the fabric, the dress, the shoes. It must all work together.”  Kobus Dippenaar


“No man is an island. Many aspects of the journey have been made possible thanks to the work of other artists like Heike’s flowers, Kat’s cinematic photos, Ferdi’s obsession with the perfect moment, Sam’s love for haute couture, Tanya van Graan’s gracious vibrance, and many more make-up artists, models and other vendors. And without the support of my family and my staff, none of this would be possible.” Kobus Dippenaar