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The longest wedding dress in Cyprus December 26, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Fashion & Style.

The longest wedding dress train ever seen in Cyprus is set to be unveiled on Christmas Eve in Paphos.

The dress is the creation of local man Andreas Efstratiou, with the train set to measure 102 metres.

“It has taken ten people three months to finish the dress and it is simply stunning,” the 46-year-old said. “It is off-white and cost £8,000 to make.” The bodice alone features 3,000 Swarovski crystals and is worth £3,000. The tulle fabric was bought in France, with the dress also featuring a lot of lace.

Efstratiou said he had been involved in the design of wedding dresses ever since his mother introduced him to the art when he was 10 years old.

“I am doing this to show people on the island that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.”

The dress will not be worn at a wedding and is simply a showpiece for Efstratiou’s exquisite design work.

Five-hundred women applied for the privilege of modelling it, with the competition won by a local 23-year-old woman named Katerina. The first official public glimpse will take place between four and five pm on Sunday at the Kato Paphos port.

The longest wedding dress train in the world measured 1,203.9 metres (3,949.8 feet) and was made by Cindy Predhomme and France Loridan for Une Semaine Chrono in Caudry, France on August 5 this year.

“If I ever become a millionaire, I will make a train measuring 2,000 metres in order to get into the Guinness Book of World Records,” Efstratiou chuckled.

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