But America wasn’t first to the punch. New Zealand’s Parliament passed a bill in favor of same-sex marriage back in April, and come September 7, local designer Annah Stretton will be the first to marry a same-sex couple on the runway.
[frockwriter] reports Stretton has launched a competition titled ‘Come on Oz, Say ‘I Do’, which gives female Australian couples a chance at the most fashionable gay marriage in the short history of legal gay marriages. The competition is aimed at helping Australia follow in their pacific neighbors’ footsteps at this year’s election, and will see the lucky winners jump the ditch for a catwalk wedding in front of 1,000 friends, family and gay-marriage supporting total strangers at New Zealand Fashion Week.
The couple will each be dressed in Annah Stretton gowns plus receive return flights and accommodation from their nearest capital city, a marital bash for 250 guests and a photography package to capture the happy memories.
In January Karl Lagerfeld subverted tradition by ending Chanel’s Spring 2013 haute couture show with Kati Nescher and Ashleigh Good as matching Chanel brides, bringing his voice to France’s heated debates over gay marriage.
New Zealand fashion week isn’t Paris haute couture, but come September we’ll have our eyes cast (way) south.
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