Art museum plans paper wedding dress fashion show

ST. GEORGE – At the St. George Art Museum’s paper wedding dress competition, there is likely to be something old, something new and something borrowed – but according to event organizers, everything must also be double-ply, according to Deborah Reeder, Curator of the St. George Art Museum.

On Feb. 7 at the art museum, located in the Pioneer Center for the Arts, student designers in middle, intermediate and high school are invited to compete at 10:30 a.m. At 1:30 p.m., college-age dressmakers will show off their creativity; and at 3:30 p.m. those of any age from the community are invited to face off for fun and prizes.

The rules for the competition are simple. Each team can have a maximum of five people. Dresses must be constructed prior to the competition so they are ready to be shown at the designated time on Feb. 7. Each dress must be made primarily of paper, including toilet paper, tissue paper, construction paper, newsprint or any other paper.

To compete, each student team must submit an email to museum staff at [email protected] no later than January 30. Emails must include the name of your school or organization; the name and age bracket of each team member and contact information for the teacher advisor or supervisor for the team. Individuals or teams from the community need to submit names and contact information for each team member, if applicable.

The St. George Art Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 47 E. 200 North. According to the museum’s mission statement, the city-owned and operated facility exists “to educate … through quality exhibitions from all periods, cultures and media … and to collect, conserve, inventory, exhibit and interpret art and artifacts from Utah and the West.”

For more information about the paper wedding dress contest, the “Here Comes the Gown: 150 Years of Wedding Dresses” and the “In/Visible: Weddings and Immigration” exhibits both currently on display, or the upcoming Soup N’ Bowl fundraising event on March 6, 2015, call the St. George Art Museum at 627-4525.


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