Jun 11 2012 By Jack Griffith
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READ all about it! Sanyukta Shrestha’s wedding dress is made of old newspapers.
Ms Shrestha, 30, unveiled the show-stopping garment, given the name Pippa – a reference to the ‘paper’ it is made from – at a prestigious annual show for bridal designers, White Gallery.
The dress is made from newspapers dating back to the early 1980s, which Ms Shrestha found draught-sealing the floor of her home in Westlands Close, Hayes.
“When we moved in, we wanted to change everything and we came across hundreds of these newspapers,” said the 30-year-old. My husband’s first reaction was to throw them all away but there was something special about them. I was fascinated by all the stories, and the paper had a different beauty to it.”
The dress took a month to make, and the painstaking process involved hand folding and pleating each sheet, before fusing them with very fine cotton and finishing it off with 3,000 hand-placed Swarovski crystals to give it extra sparkle.
The London College of Fashion graduate set up her own label three years ago, with offices and a studio in Nestles Avenue, Hayes.
She has since emerged as one of the brightest stars in luxury bridal wear, renowned for her elegant designs and commitment to ethical methods.
Her fabrics are hand woven in her native Nepal, using unique wild materials, and her bespoke creations are stocked at just a handful of boutiques in the UK.