A Dress Made for Dreams

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Wedding gown in stationer’s window is totally high quality … paper

It’s likely the most unusual wedding dress on display in the city and, without a doubt, the most impractical.


The paper wedding dress is part of a display promoting custom invitations, seating charts and other wedding stationery made by Notables.Made completely out of paper for the front window of local stationer Notables in High Street, the dress is the handiwork of Tracey Meiklejohn-Carney, an Edmonton display merchandiser who has been outfitting the store’s windows for about two years.

Meiklejohn-Carney spent many hours puzzling over how best to make the dress in her mind, then many more hours folding and refolding paper to see how best to fashion it into a fair substitute for the much more luxurious fabrics traditionally used for bridal gowns.

“It was one of those labours of love. I folded and folded and tried little things and just spent a lot of time with paper,” she says.

The actual construction of the dress took about 10 hours in total, “but the thought process took days,” Meiklejohn-Carney adds.

The gown, made from high-quality ivory gift wrap and white bond paper, has a scoop neck with exaggerated, puffy sleeves, an empire waistline and a full-length skirt made of long strips of folded paper. She pieced it together with a hot glue gun and a few staples in the back, out of view.

“You wouldn’t want to get married in it, I don’t think, but it’s just really cool for the window,” Meiklejohn-Carney says with a laugh.

The dress shares the window space with a display of custom invitations, seating charts and other wedding stationery made by Notables, as couples prepare for spring and summer weddings.

Notables owner Suzanne Davis came up with the idea for the dress after seeing something similar at a stationery conference in New York.She approached Meiklejohn-Carney, who was “petrified” at first.

“But I realized, no one has to see it from the back, and no one has to wear it, so then it became quite easy because it’s strictly a prop,” said Meiklejohn-Carney. The finished result was worth it, she adds. “If somebody wanted one, I’d be happy to do it again. It’s like anything — the first step in the hardest.”

Especially if you’re walking down the aisle in a paper dress.

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