Mississauga Designer Recognized for Creating Extremely Unusual Dress

Everyone knows that Mississauga residents have a great deal of talent, but not everyone knows that one particular designer has been recognized for creating a pretty amazing dress out of a very unexpected material.

That material?

Toilet paper.

"A stunning showcase for Canada's hottest design talent, the #Cashmere18 Crystal Ball showcases top designers from Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver who rose to the challenge of crafting unforgettable Cashmere fashions with compassion," toilet tissue company Cashmere said in a recent news release.

This year, Mississauga-based designer Zoff is turning heads with this undeniably impressive gown:

"Hand-made feathery blossoms, crystal-edged petals, gilded bodices, and spectacular headpieces are but a few of the adornments that graced the collection's 15 original Cashmere BT Couture creations."

You can see more toilet tissue gowns here:

Others designers involved in the competition—which will benefit breast cancer research—include Claire Lemaitre Auger from Montreal, Oscar Mendoza from Montreal, Fesvedy from Vancouver, Andrew Coimbra from Toronto and others.

Zoff picture in centre, wearing orange shirt and denim jacket

In celebration of the collection's 15th anniversary year, the Cashmere Collection Crystal Ball payed homage to the traditional 15-year anniversary gift -- crystal -- "and the unwavering
commitment it represents."

According to Cashmere, Toronto diamond jeweler Kimberfire donated more than 60,000 crystals to year's collection.

The annual show was hosted by CTV News Anchor and breast cancer survivor, Beverly Thompson.

"This is my fourteenth time hosting the collection and I'm always amazed by the outstanding creativity, detailed workmanship, and above-and-beyond dedication that goes into crafting these original one-of-a-kind masterpieces," she said.

This year's collection was curated by Canada's own Mosha Lundstrom Halbert, a New York-based fashion director, editor, writer and stylist.

"I'm blown away by this amazing roster of brilliant designers, their fabulous gowns and exceptional generosity," says Halbert. "This is a very exciting time in Canadian fashion."

The Cashmere Collection marks the annual kick-off for October Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and heralds the yearly return of limited-edition Cashmere, with twenty-five cents from the sale of every package going directly to breast cancer efforts at the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS).

Cashmere says it will donate $1 for every vote (to a maximum of $10,000), to the CCS's breast cancer efforts in the winning designer's name.

For more information on the competition—and to vote for Zoff, if you feel so inclined—click here.

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