Design students scrunch, fold and sew their way into paper dress finals

Design students scrunch, fold and sew their way into paper dress finals
Scrunch, fold and sew: judges make their pick of three best dresses made entirely from toilet paper in annual loo roll fashion competition.

Three stunning paper dresses made entirely from Kleenex Cottonelle have made the finals in the annual, toilet paper-based dress-making competition.

The finalists were chosen by fashion designer Natalie Chan, NEXT magazine editor Sarah Henry, NZ Fashion Tech director Kevin Smith, and general manager of Kimberly-Clark New Zealand, Michele Bollinger.

Supermodel Kylie Bax will be joining the judges to pick the overall winner who will see their dress modeled by Bax in a photo shoot in NEXT magazine.

Both Worlds Dress – Vili Tonu

Finalist Vili Tonu (25) says the skirt of his dress ‘Both Worlds’ is designed to pay tribute to Tapa cloth design and his Tongan heritage. He also drew inspiration from the kauri canopy of Auckland Art Gallery, which he calls, “a warm, natural example of New Zealand’s built heritage.”

Camellia Dress – Kat McLeod

Kat McLeod (24) says her entry into the competition, the ‘Camellia Dress’, is all about the femininity of fashion.

“I wanted the flowers to be scattered and falling down towards the hem to bring the softness,” says McLeod.

And the youngest of the three finalists, Maria French (21) has echoed the textures of nature in her contribution called ‘Contradictions’.  This was inspired by Kimberly-Clark’s sustainable principles and Forest Stewardship Council certification.

Contradictions Dress – Maria French

The papier maché​ bodice is reminiscent of tree bark, and the skirt spreads out like a soft, leafy canopy.

The competition has been chronicled in a series of commercials, the most recent of which follows the judges’ deliberation and decision.

The winner will be revealed in the August issue of NEXT magazine.