Rebecca Lewis, from Cultiver will host the Upcycled Wedding Dress Competition. Here is an entry that Cassie Booth (right) has created.
Rebecca Lewis, from Cultiver will host the Upcycled Wedding Dress Competition. Here is an entry that Cassie Booth (right) has created. Rob Williams

Bridal revival sewn up

PRE-LOVED wedding dresses will be given a second life in an Ipswich upcycling competition this August.

The Upcycled Wedding Dress Competition invites inspired craftspeople to rescue old wedding dresses from op shops and give them a makeover.

It is being organised as part of Cultiver's Dwell sustainability festival, which will be held on Saturday August 25.

Cultiver co-owner Rebecca Lewis said she hoped the competition would help to revive dresses.

"Wedding dresses are typically a one-day fantasy gown, and it seems like such a waste," Ms Lewis said.

"After the big day they're put into the cupboard or given to an op shop and that's it.

"The competition is about breathing new life into these old dresses."

Ms Lewis and competition co-organiser Cassie Booth said the competition should reveal some unusual and stunning one-off creations.

"Consider transforming a ruffled '70s wedding gown into a cocktail dress, or you could use a classic '80s marshmallow dress to execute a small line of lingerie," Ms Booth suggested.

According to competition rules, the original dress must be pre-owned and competitors must outline and document the design process.

Dresses will be judged by a small panel based on skill and originality, the design idea and process, and whether the transformation has extended the life of the dress.

The competition offers several prizes, including subscriptions to Peppermint magazine, sewing supplies and a corset voucher for Cassandra's closet.

Entries are due during the week of August 6. Further details and entry forms are available at cultivershop.blogspot.com.



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