Stephanie Watson’s wedding gown has something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue covered. The recent bride’s multicolored dress was made of 10,000 bread tags collected over the years by Watson, her husband Will Wapling, and countless family and friends who lent their hand at collecting the plastic tags. Ten year’s later, the tags were fashioned into a dress and the couple tied the knot.
Watson herself is a fashion designer, and gave herself the challenge of putting the dress together herself. She and Wapling had joked over the years that they’d get married once they collected enough bread tags to cover a dress- a feat which ended up prompting family and friends to join in the collection, bringing over their white, red, yellow and blue tags to the couple’s home.
Treating the tags like scales, Watson creating an overlapping pattern, which also disguised the stitching. The 10,000 plastic tags were sewn with her sewing machine onto a cotton drill base fabric and a corset underneath. All in all, the fifteen pound dress only cost Watson $36- but took her hundreds of hours to make.
But despite its complicated construction, the dress is also a symbol of Watson and Wapling’s years of being together. Each tag bears a “best by” date, bring back memories of their time together over the years.