16 Captivating Embroidered Dresses with Ethnic Flair
Fashion styles and tastes vary dramatically across cultures and countries. But the art of embroidery on clothing holds a universally charmed status, beloved all over the world for its intricate, skillfully crafted beauty. The origins of embroidery are deep-seated, imbued with folklore and symbolism. Today, embroidery’s romantic allure continues to captivate — especially when it comes to the most feminine of pieces, the classic embroidered dress. From simple summer frocks to theatrical evening gowns, stunning embroidery elevates every style. Discover this timeless art with our pick of 16 embroidered dresses, representing 4 different global styles renowned for their rich embroidery traditions.
Ukrainian and Russian Style Embroidered Dresses
Dating to prehistoric times, the art of embroidery in Ukraine and surrounding regions is rich in myth and symbolism. Its most famous piece is the shirt, or vyshyvanka, featuring embroidery on the sleeves and around the neckline and cuffs. Our four picks for embroidered dresses in the Ukrainian and Russian styles represent this popular design, with embroidered motifs ornamenting breezy fabrics with a folk-inspired, pastoral feel.
Maxi dress with lemon print
Belted linen dress with gold embroidery
Vyshyvanka style midi dress
Linen-blend dress with tassel belt
Indian Style Embroidered Dresses
When talking about embroidery traditions, India is not a nation to be missed. Located along the ancient trade routes, with Persia on the west and the Silk Road on the east, each region of India developed its own distinctive embroidery style, such as Kantha, Kashmiri, Aari, Chikan and others. Indian textiles are valued by today’s designers for its quality craftsmanship. We sourced four eye-catching embroidered dresses, each representing the characteristic elements of Indian embroidery: exotic colors, naturally inspired motifs, and lush ornamentation.
Belted A-line dress with cotton cording
Silk shift dress with beading and embroidery
Cotton slub dress with floral embroidery
Stamped silk dress with blouson bodice
Mediterranean Style Embroidered Dresses
From coast to coast, the Mediterranean region is known for its use of fine embroidery. In Turkey, it rose in popularity during the Ottoman Empire, decorating palatial textiles and furnishings. In Greece, the Avlea embroidery style featuring silver and gold thread and intricate beading techniques was used among European royalty and clergy, and is still beloved by designers to this day. Our embroidered dress picks span these iconic embroidery styles around the area, from Istanbul to Positano.
Midi dress with floral embroidery and ribbon
Cotton voile dress with gold embroidery
Pinafore style maxi dress in rose tulle
Drawstring dress with tassel trim
English Style Embroidered Dresses
Equal parts formal and fresh, English embroidery can be traced to the 10th century, when it was known around Europe as “opus anglicanum” — Latin for “English work.” First evidenced in church and religious tapestries, embroidery in England grew even more famous in the 1500s, thanks to the efforts of Elizabeth I. England is credited with bringing us the classic favourite, broderie anglaise or “eyelet” embroidery style in a lace-like pattern. Its romantic appeal takes on both vintage and modern interpretations in our timeless embroidered dress selections.
Broderie Anglaise shirt dress with puff sleeves
Button down dress with pintucked bodice
Mini dress in monochrome print
High-waisted skirt with embroidery detail