ANNAH STRETTON’S RUNWAY BRIDE: Same-Sex Couple To Wed At NZFW…
It’s times like these I am just SO proud to be a kiwi… New Zealand designer Annah Stretton has launched a campaign (competition if you will) ‘COME ON OZ, SAY I DO” to find a same-sex female couple to get married on the catwalk at New Zealand Fashion Week.
As you know (unless you’ve been living under a rock) NZ passed a law allowing ‘same-sex’ couples to marry as of August 19 (actually can’t believe I even have to say ‘allow’ – it seems so crazy to me that same-sex couples need to ask for ‘permission’ to marry in the first place). Stretton has opened this competition to Australians – to encourage our sister-country to follow suit. Love it! Even VOGUE UK has picked up on this story, which goes to show – it just takes one big name to get everyone talking.
The “Come on Oz, Say I Do” competition is open for applications until July 30 – and includes return flights to New Zealand for the lucky couple, accommodation, wedding reception (for up to 250 guests) AND bespoke bridal gowns designed by the fabulous lady herself! She doesn’t just stop there – Stretton will dress the bridal party too and they’ll be invited to take part in the show. The lucky couple will say ‘I do’ on the catwalk during New Zealand Fashion Week on September 7, in front of a crowd of 1,000 people.
Excerpt from UK Vogue’s interview with Stretton: “It will not only celebrate the fact that from August 19 same-sex partners will be able to legally marry in New Zealand, but will also encourage our Pacific neighbours to follow our lead and legalise gay marriage,” said Stretton. “This is a cause that I am incredibly passionate about. I have always been proud to call myself a New Zealander and even more so now that we do not discriminate against those who want to be married based on their gender. Because they cannot yet get married in their own country, I’m inviting our Aussie neighbours to jump the ditch and, using the platform I have been given at New Zealand Fashion Week, be married for the world to see, in what is set to be a fashion show extravaganza that will be remembered for years to come.”
ANNAH STRETTON – you make me so proud to be a New Zealander! Ooooh maybe it will even be a friend of mine that wins – I hope so!
With love and a open mind..
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