White Cashmere Toilet Paper Collection

Posted on October 10, 2011

Sometimes, a well-written press release and some fabulous pictures are a blogger’s very best friends.

“A stunning vision of Fashion with Compassion™ took to the runway in Toronto at the Eighth Annual White Cashmere Collection on Wednesday, September 28 at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Fifteen established and emerging Canadian designers crafted garments and accessories in 100 per cent pure, soft and luxurious Cashmere Bathroom Tissue, Canada’s best-selling brand, to support the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation‘s vision of creating a future without breast cancer.”

“This year, Cashmere will augment its support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation with an engaging Vote Couture for the Cure™ initiative at Cashmere.ca throughout October. Canadians will be invited to view the collection and vote for their favorite couture. Cashmere will donate $10,000 to the Foundation in the winning designer’s name. Canadians who join the Cashmere Facebook page have the chance to win an exclusive pair of white cashmere gloves created by WCC 2008 designer, Thien Le.”

We non-Canadians won’t be able to vote on our favorites, so we’ll have to be happy just looking at these amazing garments. We really wanted to crack a joke here because come on; toilet paper. But who are we to crap all over someone else’s creativity?

Hey, we gave it a shot.


Marika Brose

”Marika Brose does the dance dress con brio, its sexy, tight, deep-V bodice exploding into frothy layers of White Cashmere pleats and ruffles. Entertainment Tonight’s Angie Smith dons this leg-baring charmer embroidered with rhinestones is so white hot, it could light up a moonless night. Bracelet by Rita Tesolin.”

Carrie Hayes

”Swathes of White Cashmere, tinged gently with pink, swirl around the body in Carrie Hayes’ sophisticated strapless gown. Clearly an extra-special-occasion creation, her full-skirted dress boast “panniers” of pink-hued 3D blossoms and sweeps the floor with a flower-studded train. Butterfly clip by Rita Tesolin.”

Christopher Paunil

”Wedding dress wunderkind Christopher Paunil may be more used to working with silk, tafetta and organza, but he’s obviously now mastered White Cashmere as well. His ruched sheath is a delicate confection with ever-larger pink-and-white fantasy flowers trailing gracefully from one shoulder to the flared, floor-length hem.”

Franco Mirabelli

”Turning her back may be the most seductive thing a woman can do if she’s wearing Franco Mirabelli’s stunning creation for the 2011 White Cashmere Collection. Its back-laced bodice, flirty hip poufs and roughly mini-train – not to mention the peek-a-boo neck ruff – make this strapless gown the derrière cri of femininity.”

Hoax Couture

”Chris Tyrell and Jim Searle of Hoax Couture clearly put hours of work into their exuberantly textured baby doll dress for the 2011 White Cashmere Collection. Essentially a thigh-skimming, strapless bubble of layered ruffles, this is definitely a “dressed-to-frill” creation. Necklace by Rita Tesolin.”

Rita Tesolin

”Toronto jewelry designer Rita Tesolin traditionally works in crystals and semi-previous stones. But her beautiful collection of butterfly accessories proves she can work magic with any material  – even Cashmere bathroom tissue. Her pieces include everything from earrings and fascinator to bracelets and rings. The butterflies are adorned with white crystals, sprinkled with the occasional pink crystal to symbolize the courage and strength of women affected by breast cancer.”

Jason Matlo

”Vancouver’s Jason Matlo is known for his silhouette-skimming goddess gowns. And his sexy sheath for the 2011 White Cashmere Collection doesn’t disappoint. It’s a curve-hugger from the strapless bra top to the knees, where it opens into a floor-length flare – all subtly textured with tiny, hand-stitched layers of luxurious, but strong, Cashmere bathroom tissue.”

José Manuel St-Jacques

”Quebec’s José-Manuel St-Jacques uses White and Pink Cashmere, artfully shredded and curled, for his adorable dress. Thigh-high with a deep V back and poufed cap sleeves, this sexy, whimsical little number is sure to turn heads.”

L’autre Couture by Luko Marion

”One can only imagine the hours consumed in creating the thousands of identical discs that make up Luko Marion’s fantastical outfit for the 2011 White Cashmere Collection. This slinky, fluid costume has the look of pink-and-white chainmail and would surely be appropriate for any modern day super-heroine.”

LIZARES by Brian Maristela

”Brian Maristela, creator of the LIZARES menswear line, dazzles as the first men’s wear designer to craft a garment from Cashmere BT for the 2011 White Cashmere Collection. The dramatic shawl-collared jacket gets hefty braid trim while the macho, ankle-strapped pants have pink tuxedo stripes to complete the look.”

LOVAS by Wesley Badanjak

”The giant pink bow might speak of innocence, but sophisticated allure is the ultimate message of Wesley Badanjak’s 2011 White Cashmere Collection gown. Its strapless bodice and white over-skirt – both carefully piped in pink – with its ground-grazing pink underskirt add up to a sensationally sultry look. Fascinator by Rita Tesolin.”

Philip Sparks

”Playing on the June Cleaver shirtdress, Philip Sparks creates his modern take on this daytime look from hundreds of strips of Pink and White Cashmere BT that have been painstakingly woven into a boldly checked ‘fabric’. The result is madly appealing and thoroughly modern. Fascinator by Mikki Rizvi, purse by Hoax Couture.’

Mikki Rizvi

”Mikki Rizvi of Ever Thine brings her eco-consciousness – and her penchant for glamourously feminine headwear – to this fabulous bouquet of a hat. Made entirely from Cashmere bathroom tissue, this beautiful bunch of pink and white blossoms will continue to bloom long after it exits the runway.”

Richard Robinson

”Richard Robinson knows how to dress a diva. The proof is in the eye-popping evening gown he’s designed for the 2011 White Cashmere Collection. It’s a tight-torso sheath with an asymmetrical, slit-to-there rumba skirt – layer upon layer of languid ruffles – cascading to the floor. If that weren’t enough, it’s embellished with a small garden’s worth of flowers in varying shades of pink. Ring by Rita Tesolin.”

Simon Bélanger

”Simon Bélanger’s pretty prima ballerina frock combines an elaborately pleated, fringed and ribbon-tied bodice and a super-short white skirt. It’s an alluring, ultra-feminine look that would make any woman feel like dancing. Earrings by Rita Tesolin.”


[Photo Credit: Mario Miotti for cashemere.ca]

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JQSQJRAL4YYWB2OZNHNUHKZAEY Christopher

    Holy Shit!!!  LOL  pretty amazing….

  • Anonymous

    These are fabulous!  Puts PR9 to serious shame now, doesn’t it?  It’s frakking toilet paper!

    • Anonymous

      It really makes one miss the good old days of PR.

      • Anonymous


    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      That’s exactly what I was thinking!

    • Robyn Morelli

      seriously… why can’t PR pull together interesting challenges

    • Anonymous

      Would love to see what Korto would do with this.  Or Leanne

  • Anonymous

    Wow.  I like the checked coat dress.

    • Anonymous

      Me too.  It’s insane!

  • MilaXX

    Bravo for the charity, but these are mostly fug. The only one I like is the checkered coat.

  • Anonymous

    this would be a great challenge on PR!

    • Sobaika Mirza

      I honestly don’t believe many PR contestants (of the later seasons specifically) would be able to come up with such great designs on toilet paper.

      • Anonymous

        Good point! Especially not THIS season.

  • http://featurezoo.net memorexe

    The chain-mail dress is made to order for J-Lo. Designing for toilet paper is a waste though…

  • http://www.facebook.com/mrsjoe3 Karen Sadler Nemelka

    Kudos to these designers for taking this charity project so seriously.  The could have done the PR9 thing where you just glue crap on and still showed their brands decently, but instead they clearly spent hours crafting the tp into something beautiful!

  • Now I am The Bee

    Pretty good for working with toilet paper!  Most are really over-designed, but fabulous non-the-less.  I love the checked dress and the Elvis-like menswear.  Such fun! 
     I hope the PRS9 designers are looking at this and thinking it’s WAY better than anything any of them created! 

  • Elena

    I know it’s for breast cancer, but unfortunately pink swirls on toilet paper read a bit menstrual to me.

  • Anonymous

    I wish there was a close-up of the chainmail one – would love to know how they did that with toilet paper.

    • http://profiles.google.com/singingraisin ali meowmeow

      Seriously. The weight achieved there looks really impressive! I’d love to know more about how that one was made.

  • http://fafafab.tumblr.com/ fafafab

    some of them are really pretty

  • http://twitter.com/shamrockjulie Just Say Julie

    This is what Project Runway innovative challenges should look like.

    • Anonymous

      Right?  Just what I was thinking.  Of course, these designers had much longer than a few hours and there wouldn’t be time to do anything like that amazing Philip Sparks shirtdress. Still. The level of creativity is what we’re talking about here, and wouldn’t it be nice to see something on PR even approaching what we’re seeing here?

      I’m surprised that BM never came up with a toilet paper challenge…. 

  • Anonymous

    I really love some of these… and others look exactly like a roll of toilet paper after the cat got to it.

    LOVE the checkered coat and the mod paillette dress.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDI2DLE7DE3YPW2ONIHBWOVHMA ecallaw

    They have a toilet paper wedding dress contest here in the States every year, just for us regular folk, and I think some of those people put the professional designers to shame…


  • Terence Ng

    Who is writing these descriptions? Rita Skeeter?

    I rolled my eyes at “delicate confection”. Still, they put PR to shame.

    • Anonymous

      I’m currently re-reading the Harry Potter books, so your comment just slayed me.

    • Anonymous

      Really! Totally, breathlessly, over the top language! I think it cheapens the projects.

      • Anonymous

        The over-the-top language is half the fun of it.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, point taken!

    • http://wipgirl.wordpress.com Kristel

      And in one of them, some bad editing has a “roughly mini-train” instead of a ruffley.. ruffly… ruffled one.

      • Anonymous

        I did a double take on that one, too. My first thought was that maybe a “ruffle” was a “roughle” in Queen’s/Canuck’s English…sort of a “center”/”centre” situation. Then I was all, “Nah. There are just bad editors in every country.”

  • Lattis

    The menswear piece is Perfect Tommy’s jacket from Buckaroo Banzai (1984). Gotta love it . . . 

  • Anonymous

    That’s a pretty dramatic aesthetic range, isn’t it??
    I think the LOVAS is the prettiest, and the L’Autre best disguises its source material. But too many look like wadded-up TP or tissue paper glued to manila paper folders, cut out and rolled into a cylinder around the model. (I’m especially talking to you, St.Jacques and HOAX !!) The coatdress is definitely the most wearable, if not in the rain. And the Latin Elvis look is funny, which is fine, but the funniest part is calling it “macho”.

  • Anonymous

    These gowns are so fun, but I can’t help but think that this would be better for colon cancer awareness. Just sayin’.

  • Anonymous

    That must have been one rockin’ bridal shower.  Somehow, I have ended up being toilet paper bride every time.  

  • scottyf

    Punsters T&Lo said…
    “But who are we to crap all over someone else’s creativity?”

    I think your little quip was Charmin.

  • Anonymous

    About to announce a WTF for the whole collection until I saw Beaver’s mother second to the last. June Cleaver making even toilet paper look elegant, even if she did leave her pearls in the dresser drawer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ann.verwiebe Ann VerWiebe

    Do you think they are able to use TP w/o perforations? I wonder if they’re allowed to flatline the TP…

    • BerlinerNYC

      My question exactly, which I was writing while you posted yours. I call shenanigans.

  • Susan Crawford

    The June Cleaver dress – very sweet! And if only we had a Project Runway challenge that brought out THIS level of creativity. Stilt-walkers? Boobsie gal pals? Birdies? Product-related “challenges”? Please – let’s get back to some really creative, fun challenges.

    BTW, I loved “After the Runway” – even with some manufactured “drama”, it was head and shoulders above the dreadful “Models of the Runway”, and helped clarify a couple of thoughts I’ve had about some of this season’s more contentious designers. (And solidified exactly how very much I already miss Bert. Sob.)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1663121863 Donna DeVore Metler

      I assume these took longer than a day to make, though. But I agree, this is what I want to see in a challenge!

  • Anonymous

    Wow, these remind me of but are so much nicer than the strapless evening gowns I fashioned from blue Kleenex for my Malibu P.J. circa 1978.

  • Anonymous

    WHY oh WHY can’t PR come up with a challenge like this.. and on that note, since pretty much everything I have seen this season is crap, can they get a challenge where they have more than a day or two to finish something.  

  • BerlinerNYC

    Am I just being clueless, or are there a number of them where it’s difficult, no, impossible to see how that could be made of toilet paper? Were they provided access to uncut TP that was more like yardage of fabric from a bolt? Or were they really ripping open 4-packs of consumer-ready TP and unrolling them? If so, I don’t understand the techniques used in making it look like seamless fabric (except for that ridiculous one from the Québécois designer that looks like the arts & crafts project we had to do in the 1st grade using little squares of tissue paper wrapped around the eraser end of a pencil, dipped in watered-down glue, and affixed to construction paper).

    • Anonymous

      I know, right? I was just wondering that myself.   Because the fabric looks perfectly seamless.  

    • Anonymous

      paper’s made in big rolls, yes. it is used for various purposes. by the time we see it at the supermarket it’s been sliced, diced, folded, rolled into finished goods. 

      • BerlinerNYC

        LOL, I get that the factories are not individually crafting consumer-sized rolls of TP like Fabergé eggs. My point was what form of toilet paper the designers had access to. When PR does unconventional materials challenges, the TP you’re getting is what’s on the shelves at Gristedes (or in the bathroom of your Atlas apartment). Having it in bolt form means it’s apples and oranges.

  • Anonymous

    “Cashmere will donate $10,000”

    Wow.  Hope that doesn’t break their bank. 


  • Judy_J

    I can remember making carnations out of toilet paper squares in Girl Scouts.  I never dreamed toilet paper was so versatile!

  • Anonymous

    Those cheeky Canadians.  They had me at “derriere cri.”

  • Anonymous

    Who is the  model in the Richard Robinson dress? She is FABULOUS! And what is a “semi-previous stone?” Half late to the party? LOL.

    • Anonymous

      She is remarkable – makes you wonder why so many people are afraid of being over 30.

  • Anonymous

    What? These can’t all be made of just bathroom tissue?  The one that looks like chain mail?  What is that made of?  I love the woven coat.  WOW.

    This is the next Project Runway Challenge if you ask me.

  • Anonymous

    I like this collection so much more than many of the designers’ groups from Fashion Week. Putting limitations on materials results in some fascinating outcomes. The plaid shirtwaist totally rocks as do many of the accessories. 
    Many years ago I worked in advertising — my big client was a paper mill specializing in tissue-grade paper, which included napkins, toilet paper and health care/hospital products. Loved learning about the tissue paper making process (100% recycled!). In large sheets it’s quite strong as you can see from the clothing made out of “yardage” here. It’s made in huge rolls before it is sliced, folded and or/rolled into finished goods. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mary-Elizabeth-Poytinger-Baumer/1516981341 Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

    at 1st I thought “project runway” and then I thought “shit I want that dress” this is beyond fab!

    • Anonymous

      I am SO there with you – this just leaves PR in exhaust fumes as of the snowcat on the frozen tundra

  • Anonymous

    Canadian tp must be closer to fabric than American tp. Where are the perforations? Is it just one long strip on a roll? Is some of this dyed, or do they still make it in colors?? Buttonholes?? are you $%^& kidding me? Identical discs like chain mail? I call secret muslin stash. Ohohoh, and glue guns!

    The descriptions are straight out of romance novels ^oo^

    I am quite amazed however. An incredible amount of effort. Good for the cause.

  • Anonymous

    Amazing … wonder how many days it took to create one of these, just stunning!

  • Anonymous

    It’s like Project Runway, only with actual talent!

  • http://needtherapy.tumblr.com skadi1

    How pretty!  And not a cartoon bear in sight!

  • Anonymous

    Oh Canada!!!!  I love you…. after spending the most glorious vacation ever in Banff and Jasper this summer, I don’t think there’s anything our crazy friends to the north can’t do.  Don’t even get me started on my fabulous Tilley hat!!
    And now they’ve conquered toity paper… get ouuuuuutta here!!

    • http://profiles.google.com/luv2birdie Elana Bryan

      Tilley hats are the BEST! 

      • Anonymous

        Heck yeah!

        • Anonymous

          what’s a tilley hat?  is it like the mounties wear?  i was in love with dudley doright.

      • Anonymous

        “made with Canadian persnicketyness”!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=527150091 Pat Biswanger

    Fantastic!  Every one of them is a marvel.  But . . . please don’t tell the PR producers about this challenge!

  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    Back in the 50’s there was an ad campaign for a toilet tissue company here. that worked the same idea.  Some pretty amazing things were done. and this stuff is spectacular!

  • Anonymous

    The fact that the Luko Marion is made of toilet paper is spectacular – the very definition of transforming a material.

  • Anonymous

    These are amazing.  I particularly love the woven (looks like a quilt, so of course I would), the chain mail, the mermaid dress, and (I’m surprised to say) the rumba dress.

    Oh, and if they left Mr. Hair laying around anywhere, I’ll take him, and go find a fountain *evil grin*.

  • Lisa

    Wow!  These are so cool!  Very fanciful, very pretty, and really cool!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jin-Ong/584903214 Jin Ong

    I love how they opened the project to accessory designers as well. I thought it added another realm to the campaign.
    The checkered coat is my favorite.

  • Chantelle James

    I thought they used regular toilet-paper width sheets in the past but several of these designs clearly used fabric-like sheets of toilet paper. I don’t like most of these designs as many have weird proportions to me. Even the “chainmail” dress, while interesting, isn’t all that attractive.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344922354 Eric Scheirer Stott

    Not bad at all.  Even the worst ones have some sense of fun.

  • Anonymous

    These bitches are NOT playing. DAYUM! 

  • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

    this stuff is amazing. i am only sad cos you didnt give us tons of sterling commentary.

    to that end:
    i have read almost yr whole website from backwards to forwards since its inception, so i do have some intense working knowledge of the progress, now regress, of project runway. this seems to be a very fancy version of the kind of stuff people used to be able to pull out of their no-pun-intendeds in the earlier seasons. too bad its fallen so far, it really is.

  • http://twitter.com/TheRealAndra Andra

    The flamenco Elvis is freaking me out but all the other photos are amazing!  I love the pink and white shirtdress. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AYQCICXEN2CCDBFV5HED4Z2RUA Dee B

    I find these horrid.  A question of taste for the vast majority of them

  • http://twitter.com/hpenfield Hannah Penfield

    Why didn’t Project Runway think of this first?!?!?!!?!

  • Anonymous

    …And here we make fun of weewee pads in PR.
    I love Canada.

  • akprincess72

    Seriously, the PR designers have a new threshold to beat, these are fabulous!

  • http://www.facebook.com/kati.irons Kati Irons

    The men’s outfit is truly hysterical.  I mean, can you imagine seeing any man wear that under any circumstances in which you would not then fall down on the floor laughing your ass off.