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Winner crowned in 10th annual New Yorktoilet paper wedding dress contest


NEW YORK, June 12 (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 City.

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 said.

"I am blown away," said Kate Pankoke, a contest judge who also owns ElayaVaughn 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 said.

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 Pistons.

"There was toilet paper everywhere," she said.