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In Pics: Toilet paper gowns up for grabs to brides-in-need

Twenty lucky brides will be able to walk down the aisle in winning gowns from a quirky New York fashion show held recently. The catch --keep spills away because these dresses are made entirely of toilet paper!

world Updated: Jul 22, 2017 14:01 IST
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A model is pictured backstage wearing a wedding dress accompanied by a hat made out of toilet paper before a fashion show.(Carlo Allegri / REUTERS)

A toilet paper wedding dress with 1,500 hand-cut butterflies made by a mother of two in her spare time won the $10,000 first prize in a quirky New York fashion competition on Thursday and a bride-in-need may have the chance to wear it down the aisle.

Models present wedding dresses made out of toilet paper during the fashion show by Cheap Chic Weddings and Quilted Northern toilet paper. (Carlo Allegri / REUTERS)

Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, which exhibits winning entries every year, is donating about 20 of the top gowns to brides whose plans were shattered by the sudden bankruptcy of wedding dressmaker Alfred Angelo last week.

A designer is pictured backstage fixing a wedding dress made out of toilet paper before the model heads out on to the ramp. (Carlo Allegri / REUTERS)

Kari Curletto said she spent three months on her submission “Quilted Enchantment,” with its six-foot cathedral train. It was her first entry, one of 1,517 this year, in the 13-year-old toilet paper dress competition sponsored by Cheap Chic Weddings and Quilted Northern toilet paper.

1,517 entries constructed entirely of toilet paper were submitted to this year’s fashion show. (Carlo Allegri / REUTERS)

“It kind of feels like I’m dreaming right now,” Curletto said in an interview after her win. “Halfway through I was going to quit. I was crying and thinking, ‘Well, I just can’t do it. It’s too much,’ and a butterfly flew into my yard and landed on my hand.”

A model presents a wedding dress with an intricately detailed trail resembling lace constructed out of toilet paper. (Carlo Allegri / REUTERS)

Curletto, an actress living in Las Vegas, fashioned the dress from toilet paper, glue, glitter and tape, working at night after her children went to bed.

A detail view an entry featuring elaborate tassels and a sceptre, submitted to this year’s fashion show. (Carlo Allegri / REUTERS)

Brides-in-need should contact Ripley’s by July 28 for a chance to get a paper gown, spokeswoman Suzanne Smagala-Potts said by phone. The exhibitor has yet to choose which ones will be donated, she added.

The winning entry fetched a prize of $10,000 and may even be included in the offerings being given away by Ripley’s. (Carlo Allegri / REUTERS)

Florist Roy Cruz of Chesapeake, Virginia, won in 2015 and 2016. His submission this year, a two-piece floral ball gown featuring snowflake cut-outs was voted fan favourite.

First Published: Jul 22, 2017 14:00 IST