Kathmandu’s all-weather wedding dress designed by Tanya Carlson. Image supplied.
Kathmandu revealed a world first today with the announcement of their all-weather wedding dress appropriately titled Adapt. The clever all-terrain designer wedding dress packs down to a travel-size backpack and was designed by celebrated Kiwi designer Tanya Carlson. The idea is that brides can be able to choose from the world’s most remote locations for their big day.
“When someone is wearing Kathmandu, we want them to feel prepared to take on any adventure” said Ben Ryan, Kathmandu General Manager – Product.
The one-of-a-kind gown features seven metres of GORE-TEX® fabric cut and draped in a continuous line, creating a classic Tanya Carlson silhouette with minimal seams. This enables the dress to be waterproof yet functional. It also has a train that transforms into a cape with hood (take that, unexpected heavy rainfall) not to mention large storage pockets inside the dress that allow the bride to carry flowers, first-aid kits or bottles of water. Internal zips can transform the length of the dress, taking the bride from the altar to her first waltz with ease and style. For good luck (and warmth) the dress has a blue fine merino wool lining.
The beautiful dress was inspired by some of Tanya Carlson’s recent demi-couture pieces and wedding gowns plus the cleanly-angled mountains from the familiar Kathmandu logo. “Instead of worrying about the weather, a bride wearing the Kathmandu Adapt All-Weather-Wedding Dress can let her sense of adventure run free,” said Tanya Carlson, designer.
If you’ve read this far and are wondering how you can get your own all-weather wedding dress you might want to take note of the date as this is part of an elaborate April Fool’s prank by Kathmandu. However, the Adapt dress does exist and is currently displayed at the Tower Junction Kathmandu store in Christchurch. It’s also up for auction on TradeMe with 100% of the proceeds to go to the New Zealand Himalayan Trust.
“While Kathmandu designs sustainable clothing and products to support all kinds of global adventures, the incredible feat of walking down the aisle won’t be one of them – except for the lucky person who purchases the unique Adapt All-Weather-Wedding-Dress,” adds Ben Ryan.
“Kathmandu has no intention to produce the dress for a wider market, but we look forward to meeting the auction winner who wants to say yes to a highly-adaptable, all-weather dress.”
Well played Kathmandu, we’re impressed. And to be honest the dress is gorgeous and exactly what we’d want to wear for a mountain-top wedding, we hope it’s part of a truly adventurous celebration of love for the auction winner.