Want a dress that's so eco-friendly you can literally make it disappear after the ceremony?
This new gown, from British researchers at Sheffield Hallam Unniversity does just that. It actually dissolves in water, reports the U.K.'sTelegraph. The dress is made with polyvinyl alcohol -- the same stuff found in laundry bags and washing detergents -- sewn into the fabric. That basically makes it water soluble, and dissolves it without harming the environment.
Now, there are a few obvious catches to this gown. For one, researchers admit that if it rains on the big day, brides would be forced to cover themselves in order to not destroy the dress.
But the concept is still pretty interesting: toying with some of the more traditional ideas about wedding dresses, namely, that they should be preserved and passed on to the next generation.
"The students wanted to challenge the notion that a wedding dress should only be used once and aimed to explore modern society's attitudes towards throwaway fashion," Jane Blohm, a fashion lecturer tells Britain's Telegraph.
The dress isn't for everyone, but as the Blohm points out: "In order to reduce fashion's impact on the environment, the fashion industry must begin to challenge conventional attitudes and practices." No word yet on whether the dress will be manufactured for purchase.
So you tell us, would you wear a disposable wedding gown on your big day? Weigh in below!
-- Amy E.