Bushwick woman is finalist in toilet paper dress contest

Van Tran cleverly creates wedding gown out of bath tissue

July 6, 2017 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Van Tran models the wedding dress she created using toilet paper, glue, tape and a needle and thread. Photo courtesy of Cheap Chic Weddings/Quilted Northern
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Wedding gowns are usually made of lace, tulle, satin, or other traditionally feminine materials. But a wedding gown constructed from toilet paper? That’s the tricky task the 10 finalists in the 13th Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest will have to find a way fulfill.

A Bushwick woman, Van Tran, is one of the finalists in the contest that is sponsored by Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com and presented by Quilted Northern Bath Tissue.

Tran is also the defending champion in the quirky competition, having won the top prize in the 12th Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest last year.

Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com is an online company specializing in offering tips to brides on how to have a dream wedding that is also fiscally sound. 

Thousands of contestants from all across the U.S. entered the toilet tissue creativity competition. 

The grand prize is $10,000 in cash. And the winning toilet paper wedding gown will go on display at Ripley’s Believe it or Not.

The second-place winner will receive $5,000, while $2,500 will be awarded to the third-place finisher.

The finals, which will also include a fashion show, will take place July 20 at Loft 29 in Manhattan. 

This year’s entries are impressive, according to Brian Rice, senior director of Design and Packaging Innovation for Georgia-Pacific, the Atlanta-based company that makes Quilted Northern Bath Tissue. 

“We were amazed to see how the finalists worked with our meticulously designed Quilted Northern Bath Tissue to create runway-ready, couture craftsmanship. While our first foray into fashion may be unexpected, we are excited to put our experience in crafting for comfort in the bathroom to use in this new world,” Rice said.

Susan Bain, co-founder of Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com, praised the 10 finalists for their imaginative designs. “This year’s crop of designs continues to impress and exceed our expectations of what truly is possible when toilet paper is crafted for greatness,” she said.

At the July 20 fashion show, each wedding dress design will be evaluated by an expert panel of judges including Kleinfeld Bridal Owner Mara Urshel, celebrity party planner Mikie Russo and representatives of Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com, Quilted Northern and Ripley’s Believe It or Not. 

Ripley’s is also sponsoring a Fan Favorite prize. 

The contest challenges creative minds to make a wearable wedding dress and headpiece using toilet paper, glue, tape and needle and thread. 

To learn more about the official rules of the contest and to vote for a fan favorite, visit cheap-chic-weddings.com/2017-toilet-paper-wedding-dress-contest.html.

Fans can vote for as many dresses as they wish, but are advised to pick only one dress per day, according to the contest sponsors.


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