The world’s first all-weather, all-terrain designer wedding dress that packs down to a travel-size backpack has been released by leading outdoor apparel brand Kathmandu.

Brides now have the chance to choose from the world’s most remote locations for their big day. The Adapt Wedding Dress is the result of a collaboration between Kathmandu, New Zealand fashion designer Tanya Carlson and GORE-TEX fabric, which is used extensively in the Kathmandu clothing range. “When someone is wearing Kathmandu, we want them to feel prepared to take on any adventure” said Ben Ryan, Kathmandu General Manager.

The one-of-a-kind gown features:

  • Design engineered with GORE-TEX product, enabling the dress to be waterproof yet functional
  • A train that transforms into a cape with hood
  • A Pack&GO solution, allowing the dress to cleverly pack down into a travel-size bag
  • Large storage pockets inside the dress also allow the bride to carry flowers, first-aid kits or bottles of water
  • Internal zips that transform the length of the dress, taking the bride from alter to first waltz with ease and style.

Inspired by many of Carlson’s recent Demi-Couture and wedding gowns, plus the cleanly-angled mountains from the familiar Kathmandu logo, the dress uses seven metres of GORE-TEX fabric cut and draped in a continuous line to create a classic Carlson silhouette with minimal seams. Inside, the gown is lined in fine blue merino wool. “Instead of worrying about the weather, a bride wearing the Kathmandu Adapt All-WeatherWedding Dress can let her sense of adventure run free,” said Tanya Carlson, designer.” It’s a dress that makes any location, a perfect wedding location.”

Kathmandu is yet to confirm whether the one-off dress is planned for general manufacture. The dress is now available to purchase through an auction online, with the proceeds going to charity.