How to Find the Designer of A Wedding Dress with a Photo Online

I get many questions from a lot of readers about weddings. The main questions/requests I receive {check our our Backless Wedding Dress post, Long Sleeved Wedding Dress post and Winter Wedding Dress post} regard finding particular wedding dresses. Many brides, bridesmaids, grooms and others contact me with a photo of a wedding gown asking me to help them find the dream wedding dress. Unless you are up to date with wedding dress designers and their current fashions, I know this task can seem quite daunting. I’m happy to oblige not only those who contact us but all of our readers. So, to help every bride out there planning their wedding, I’ve decided to show you how to find the designer of a wedding dress with a photo online. Once you know the designer of the gown you are after, it should be a very simple process to find the exact style. Be aware that this also works with most other forms of clothing. I’ve taken photos of clothes from Tumblr and found the designer and stores where I could buy them. This is also how to find the original source of a photo, which comes in handy when you can’t find the source of a photo you’ve found on Pinterest or Tumblr. Also, for fellow bloggers, this is how you can see if other blogs are using your images and if they are giving you credit for their use.

There are two ways to this search: one method uses a photo URL and the other uses a photo from your computer library.

So, here we go! I’ll use a recent request I’ve received as an example.

1.) Using a Photo URL

A bridesmaid contacted me asking for help in finding the designer and style of this dress. Firstly, you need the URL of the photo. This URL is different from the URL of a post. If you aren’t familiar with photo URLs, it looks like this:

Once you have this URL, go to google.com and input the the photo URL in the search field. Your results should look like this:

 Choose the ‘search by image’ option. Your results should look like this:

 As you can see, Google has guessed that the image is a Claire Pettibone wedding dress in the style Cloisonne. And, the top search result is the Claire Pettibone website itself which will affirm that this is indeed the correct wedding dress.

2.) Using a Photo from Your Computer’s Library

Some sites don’t allow you to right-click their photos. Right-clicking is what gives you options such as ‘save image’, ‘copy image’, etc. Most sites that do this do so because they don’t want people to use their photos. So, when this happens there is still an option that allows you to save their image. I only tell you this so you may use it for the purpose we’re discussing in this post and not for the purpose of stealing photos from websites that wish to keep theirs to themselves. You can also use this method when you have a photo saved your computer and have not found it online or do not remember where you found it online.

First, screenshot of the photo for a google image search. Don’t worry about having the complete screenshot. It is okay if the edges are cut off a bit. How to take a screenshot varies between computers, so you will first need to learn how to do so on your machine. Once you know, take a screenshot of the photo and save it to your computer. Then, go to google images where you will notice a little camera in the right corner of the search bar that looks like this:

Click on the camera icon and choose the option that says ‘upload an image’.

Next, you can either click the ‘choose file’ button and upload the photo file. Of, you can drag the photo from your desktop to the section on the right which says ‘try dragging an image here’. Each way works the same way. Also, it does not matter what you have named the file. Google image search works by the photo alone. It has nothing to do with text. I’ve left mine titled ‘screenshot’ to show that the title does not matter. Once uploaded, you should get a wait screen like this:

Your search results should look like this:

As you can see, we’ve gotten the same search results as we did using first method and the Claire Pettibone site is the first search result which lead to the Cloisonne gown.

And there you have it! This is how easy it is to find the designer of a dress which you only have a photo. It’s a very simple concept of which most people simply aren’t aware. Google matches the photo you input in the search field with other pages on which it has also been posted. One of these pages is bound to have specific information regarding what is shown in the photo. Usually relevant pages with the most information are in the top search results {as seen with this dress}. So, whether it be a sweater, a pair of shoes, a couch, {or in most cases that I see} a wedding dress, or nearly anything else, you can now find it simply with a photo and a little bit of search engine knowledge. And, if you’ve found a low resolution photo you’d like to use on your blog, but would like something bigger, you can use this search method to find the original source and photo size. Also, as mentioned above, you can also check if other bloggers have used your photo with correction attribution. Have fun with this and I hope it is now a little bit easier for you to find what you are seeking!

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  • Kathy - March 13, 2013 - 9:07 am

    I hope you can help me! I’ve tried finding this wedding dress the way you said and had no luck. I love this dress and pray it’s within my budget, if I can find it. Thank you so much!! ReplyCancel

  • Michaela - March 27, 2013 - 12:24 pm

    I’ve also tried the same thing, but I am still not able to find this dress. Please help!!ReplyCancel

  • Remah - May 15, 2013 - 2:44 pm

    I’ve tried finding the dress the way you said but it’s not working for me,I still can’t find it! I hope you can help me I really love this.ReplyCancel

  • Emily's Bridesmaid - May 20, 2013 - 5:55 am

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! My bride tried on an expensive dress that she fell in love with. The store wouldn’t reveal the designer. After two agonizing days of web searching, I found your article. Three seconds later, I had the designer and model of the dress. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!ReplyCancel

  • Razan - September 23, 2013 - 7:51 pm

    Would you please help me find this dress?

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  • Debra Harris - November 10, 2013 - 12:38 pm

    I have found a wedding gown that I absolutely love. However, the websites listed to purchase the gown are listed on various scam sites. I would love to buy this dress but I don’t know how to find the manufacturer, designer, or someone reliable to purchase it. I have saved the image to my computer and did a google search but I am still unable to find a reliable source. Can you please help me find the designer or manufacturer so I can purchase this dress. Below is a link to the dress.

    Thank you,
    DebraReplyCancel

  • Katie - November 20, 2013 - 10:42 am

    All hail this blog! Seriously, I searched for endless hours to find the designer of the dress I wanted to try on and once I found this booom! I had the designer info within minutes! THANK YOU!ReplyCancel

  • Sue - December 5, 2013 - 12:15 pm

    I’ve been looking who designed this dress for months! I would love it if someone could help out. I can’t seem to find the designer anywhere although this picture is all over the internet!
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/115615915405682414/ReplyCancel

  • Katee - January 10, 2014 - 11:35 am

    Hi there!
    I am trying desperately to find this dress but I simply can’t. I’ve tried some of the methods displayed above but still no luck. Any chance you can help? Heres the dress,

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/169588742188945729/

    Thanks!

    KateeReplyCancel

  • Claire - January 10, 2014 - 2:30 pm

    Sorry, I can’t help everyone. I found one dress by using the method shown above, so it does work. Try it out!

    @ Sue ~ http://wheretoget.it/look/29783

    @Katee – there is a link on the photo to a photography website. You should contact him or scroll through his site to find the dress. It is usually listed when a wedding is showcased.ReplyCancel

  • Heather Kuo - April 9, 2014 - 1:44 pm

    Hi, I tried to follow the directions above. I’ve been trying to find this wedding dress that I found on Pinterest. but seems the only photo I can find are the ones from pinterest.
    Will someone please help me find this dress? I love the look and would love to find it.
    http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/originals/ba/fb/c6/bafbc607f84b4c30757c79f6834a55c3.jpg

    Please and thank you!!ReplyCancel

  • Claire - April 11, 2014 - 1:44 pm

    @ Heather – I was able to find it using the URL through Google Images: the dress is made by Enzoani. You can translate this page to find out more about it:

    And, if you look at the right side of this page, you can find out more about it and there is an option to buy a knock-off: http://wheretoget.it/look/112822#garment-5ReplyCancel

  • Courtney - June 11, 2014 - 9:06 pm

    I found this beautiful dress online but it is on multiple scam sites which have each watermarked the picture. Can you please help me find it?! I am completely in love with this dress! it is on both of these sites, hopefully you can help me find it! Thanks.

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  • Jennifer - September 2, 2014 - 2:27 am

    Help! I’m desperately trying to find this dress! I’m tying to figure out what designer made it? Any help would be greatly appreciated !!! 🙂 jenReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - September 2, 2014 - 2:41 am

    Desperately looking for the designer of this dress !! Help 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Megan - September 28, 2014 - 8:54 pm
  • Joanne - October 31, 2014 - 3:26 pm

    I just got engaged and i seen this dress and fell inlove with it but can’t find the designer I see IT all these scams sites… CAN YOU PLEASE HELP ME FIND THE DESIGNER OF MY WEDDING DRESS

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  • Taylor's Bridesmaid - January 4, 2015 - 2:16 pm

    I have searched all over the internet for the designer of this particular dress that my bride has found. The first thing I did was use the image on Google, but I took the picture of my bride in the dress so it is not from a webpage. Do you have any suggestions?ReplyCancel

  • Brandi - January 30, 2015 - 6:35 am

    I want this dress!!! I can’t find it from a store online. I think this website is a scam and it states that they can make it 90% like the picture but I want that exact dress. please help me. I’m getting married on July 4th please please help me. you can email or call me 207-577-9097 thanksReplyCancel

  • Brandi - January 30, 2015 - 9:29 am

    Here is the URL. I tried to follow the directions and i still can’t find it, Please help. Thank You.ReplyCancel

  • Brandi - January 30, 2015 - 9:31 am
  • Jeanie - February 9, 2015 - 4:53 am

    I’m looking for a specific dress can you help?ReplyCancel

  • Jacob - March 21, 2015 - 6:41 pm

    Hello I am trying to surprise my girl by finding the designer of the dress she is wanting. I tried your method but i already know the source of the picture it is the photography blog that took the wedding pictures. If you could help me find out where this dress came from I’d be one happy fiance!!!
    http://elisabethkate.com/blog/2013/01/bridals-emma-sam-bridal-photographer-elisabeth-kate-studios/ReplyCancel

  • Jacob - March 21, 2015 - 6:45 pm

    http://elisabethkate.com/blog/2013/01/bridals-emma-sam-bridal-photographer-elisabeth-kate-studios/

    Hello I’m trying to find this dress for my girl, but im not having any luck I know the source of the picture but cannot find any info on the maker of it.ReplyCancel

  • Jo Scott - September 29, 2015 - 12:53 am

    Hi there, I’ve tried the reverse image search to find the designer of “the” dress, but it only comes up with pintrest pages 🙁 Any other suggestions? (it’s not a classic white/cream/ivory wedding dress, it’s a hot black & red number with a twisted skirt)

    I found a picture of it with the code BABG008 and the website http://www.balllily.com but… the website doesn’t work!

    (forth dress down on this site https://www.stayathomemum.com.au/bodyandsoul/fashion/beautiful-black-wedding-dresses/

    Thanks and fingers crossed!ReplyCancel

    • Claire - September 29, 2015 - 9:19 am

      you may need to click through the pinterest links in order to find it. one may be linked to where you can find the designer/a place to buy it. this is not guaranteed, though. i just tried searching for it and i can see that it will be difficult to find. good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Leah - December 7, 2015 - 2:14 pm

    Hi, Okay so I found a dress I love and you are the dress expert, unfortunately, I don’t have a desktop computer to reverse search the photo 🙁 so please if you can help meReplyCancel

  • sam - April 20, 2016 - 2:19 am

    hi, i’ve put the deposit down on my dress but the shop wouldn’t disclose the designer. i’ve tried doing the search as shown above with no luck. can you help me?ReplyCancel

    • Claire - April 20, 2016 - 8:50 pm

      did you put a deposit down online or in person?ReplyCancel

  • Natalia - June 27, 2016 - 10:13 am

    Hello Claire!
    Thank you so much for this post, I was so relieved when I found it, but sadly the search didn’t work for the dress i’m looking for…

    Do you have any other ideas on how to find the designer…?

    http://biggirlsneedbigdiamonds.tumblr.com/image/146141595015

    Thank yo so much for your time and help!ReplyCancel

  • Jasmine - October 26, 2016 - 1:15 pm

    I have tried your methods of searching and I still can not find this dress. would you be able to help please?

    I also found it on the pinterest site as well:
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/379498706084872951/ReplyCancel

  • Sabrina Reynolds - May 18, 2017 - 7:31 am

    I’ve tried the same methods and I can not find it content://media/external/file/57298ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie O - May 24, 2017 - 7:38 pm

    Hello! I have tried these methods but I have been unsuccessful. I did not find the picture of this wedding dress online, so the URL search is not applicable. I found the dress on a stranger’s FB page. I have attempted a google image search but no such luck. I’m not sure where to go from here and I would LOVE to locate this dress! I hope you can help!ReplyCancel

    • Stephanie O - May 24, 2017 - 7:42 pm

      I just posted the comment above, about finding a wedding dress on FB. I don’t have a link to send for you to the dress, is there any way I can attach the photo on here or another form of communication? Again, I hope you can hope! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - July 6, 2017 - 10:50 am

    Wow, that’s awesome! This will certainly help a lot of women find the gown of their dreams.ReplyCancel

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