crowned in 10th annual New York toilet paper wedding dress contest
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[June 13, 2014]
By Curtis Skinner
NEW YORK (Reuters) - There was something
old, something new, something borrowed and something double-ply for 10
designers who battled it out on Thursday for $10,000 and the top prize
in the 10th annual toilet paper wedding dress contest held in New York
The elaborate gowns, headpieces, purses and lacey veils showed off
at the competition could be made of nothing but rolls of Charmin
Ultra Soft toilet paper, and materials like glue, tape and thread,
organizers of the event by Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com said.
"I am blown away," said Kate Pankoke, a contest judge who also owns
Elaya Vaughn Bridal and was a contestant on seasons 11 and 12 of the
reality television show Project Runway.
"It's really impressive what they can get toilet paper to do," she
The gowns - some long and flowing and others cut off above the knees
- were adorned with intricate toilet paper pearls and flowers.
The winning dress, named Romance on a Roll and crafted by
28-year-old Susan Brennan of Orchard Lake, Michigan, took some 20
rolls to craft.
The ornate, full-length gown was dotted with complex floral and lace
designs, and could be detached at the waist to reveal a 1920's
flapper-inspired dance dress underneath.
It took a month of work, said Brennan, who co-owns the online
boutique Fare Oak and is a professional cheerleader for the Detroit
"There was toilet paper everywhere," she said.
But the work was well worth it for the three-time winner, with her
dress earning the $10,000 prize.
"It's not even fully hit me yet," Brennan said. "I'm just ecstatic."
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Laura Gawne and Susan Bain started the contest a decade ago as a way
to promote their website, Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com. Initially they
received just a handful of submissions, but 10 years later the pair
had to sort through 1,491 entrants to crown a winner.
"The bar has risen every year," Gawne said. "This contest has just
taken on a life of its own."
The contest, complete with a runway judging, was held on the rooftop
balcony of the Sanctuary Hotel in Manhattan and was sponsored by
Procter & Gamble's Charmin toilet paper.
(Reporting by Curtis Skinner; Editing by Eric Beech)
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