When most people think of toilet paper, only one thing comes to mind. But for some creative people out there, they are imagining a whole other world---a world in which toilet paper has an entirely new purpose: wedding dresses.
Yes, you read that correctly. The Annual Toilet Paper Dress Contest is the brain child of two sisters from Cheap Chic Weddings. They are firm believers that you can have a fabulous wedding without spending your life savings. (Man, I wish I had known about this site when I was planning my wedding.) The rules for the contest are pretty simple: create a wedding gown and a headpiece using only Charmin Toilet Paper, glue, tape, needle and thread. The dress must also be able to be worn by a human. The combined strength and softness of Charmin makes it the perfect material for designers to use to create their dresses and models to wear on the runway.
When I was invited to attend, I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but I had visions in my mind about what the dresses could possibly look like. I couldn't have been further off base. When I arrived at the Sanctuary Hotel in midtown and took the elevator to the Haven Rooftop, I was accompanied by one of the judges of the contest Mikie Russo. He's an events planner and style expert who asked me if I had ever been to this before. I told him that I hadn't and he gave me a sly smile letting me know I was in for a treat.
When the door opened, my mouth dropped. These dresses weren't cobbled together with tape and loose pieces of TP. Oh no. These gowns were elegant. If I hadn’t known what contest was about, I’m sure I wouldn’t of been able to guess these dresses were constructed of toilet paper. I was shocked, impressed, and completely inspired.
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I chatted with the designers about their creations and learned from one artist that she spent over 200 hours constructing her gown and had high hopes that someone might turn the design into an actual fabric dress.
After getting a chance to see the dresses up close, it was time for the runway show and judging. Everyone was on pins and needles while the judges conferred. Prizing consisted of $2,500 for third place, $5,000 for second place, and a whopping $10,000 for first. The winners were announced and the rooftop erupted with laughter, celebrations, flashes, and applause. The winner was a Brooklynite who was a first time entrant. Take a look at her winning gown.
For more amazing footage from the event, check out the livestream and press release:
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