There is a far more creative purpose for the toilet paper than for its original ‘crappy’ function apparently and it has been going on for years. New York designers have slayed their competitions to make it to the finals of a wedding dress contest made unique by using toilet paper.
Three New York designers made it to the Top 10 out of the 1,517 participants to the 13th Annual national Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest.
Contest co-founder Laura Gawne, who also runs a wedding planning company, said “glowingly” of the contest: “We look for creations that look like real wedding gowns that rival couture designs. But of course, they’re made out of toilet paper.”
True to the contest theme and spirit, contestants had to follow the simple rule of using only toilet paper, with the support of glue and tape to make their gowns. Thread is okay if needed, but those are the only things they can use to make their wedding gowns.
Designers from New York- Van Tran, 26 of Brooklyn; Lindsay Hinz, 27, of Queens; and Augusto Manzanares, 33 of Manhattan, used thousands of squares of Quilted Northern toilet paper to create gowns described by the New York Post as “more fit for a Cathedral than the crapper.” Tran said she is a natural fit for the contest since she has made a whole clothing collection out of used paper clothes. She was last year’s winner and hopes to be “toilet paper queen” again this year, err, best designer of toilet paper wedding gown.
The 10 finalists will hit the runway on Thursday for the final ‘flushdown’ at Loft 29 in Manhattan where a panel of judges will select the winner. The champion will be crowned with the TP tiara and will get $10,000. The winning dress will be displayed at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! in Times Square.
Will they also announce: “You may now flush the bride?” Surely, New York can lead the world with more creative ideas than a toilet paper wedding gown contest?