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Lancaster designer's fairy tale bridal gown for Litfest
wedding dress made from paper
The dress took three days to make and will be worn on Saturday

A Lancaster bridal wear designer has come up with a fairy tale dress - literally.

Jennifer Pritchard-Couchman's strapless gown is made entirely from pages of Angela Carter's Book of Fairy Tales.

It's all part of the city's Litfest literature festival which starts on Friday 15 October.

"Andy from Litfest approached me and asked if I could make a dress out of books and I said 'yeh of course I can'," says Jennifer.

'Lots of folding'

"Then about three weeks ago I was off on holiday with my husband... and I thought 'how am I going to make a dress out of a book?' so we did a lot of scribbling on the train and worked it out."

Jennifer Pritchard-Couchman
Dress designer Jennifer Pritchard-Couchman

The dress took three days to make and has "lots of frills, lots of folding, lots of stapling, paper mache and glue."

It will be worn on Saturday by writer Claire Massey, who will be reading a fairy tale she has written specially for the literature festival.

It will then go on display for two weeks in the Thomas Storey gallery in Lancaster.

"People are very welcome to come along to see it - and read it!" laughs Jennifer.

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