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Do you need a thousand bucks? Do you have a creative flair? Do you possess tape, glue, needle and thread and a whole lot of toilet paper?

Design a wedding gown out of bathroom tissue using only the above-mentioned items and you could just win that $1,000.

No, you don't have to wear it in your wedding, you just need to have a photo of it.

I'm not making this up. This is the sixth year the wedding site www.cheap-chic-weddings.com has sponsored the Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest.

Just look at last year's winner in the photo above. She said she took her inspiration from the movie "Gone With the Wind" and from Japanese origami.

Wonder where that squeezably soft dress is now? Maybe the winner, Ann Kagawa Lee, hung it in her bathroom and put it to good use.

If you're going to enter, get busy. The digital photo of your creation worn by a model or a mannequin is due on or before May 15. If you win, you'll get the good news by June 4. Mail your entries to Tpdresscontest@gmail.com and send me a copy. I'm not a judge, but I want to see if you're the Chanel of toilet paper design.

If you don't win the thousand dollars or the $500 second prize, or the $250 third prize, your efforts won't be wasted.

Take the dress to the next bridal shower you're invited to. That'll give the girls something to talk about.

April in Paris —"Blue Moon at the Museum" is Saturday at the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, 204 S. Main. It's going to be an evening of celebrating fashion by viewing the museum's new exhibit, "The French Connection: Fashions From Paris to Wichita."

Music will be performed and refreshments will be served.

Tickets are $60 a person, of which 50 percent is tax-deductible. Dress is cocktail attire. All proceeds will benefit the museum.

For more information, call 316-265-9314.

New store — Beau Monde owner Michele Wheeler has opened the Beauty Bar next to Aspen Boutique, at Douglas and Oliver.

The 1,000-square-foot boutique is packed with cosmetics, skin care products and lots of lotions and potions for the body.

Michele says she carries all of the favorite brands of Hollywood celebs, but better yet, she offers a "try before you buy" opportunity.

The Beauty Bar will offer limited spa services and will add even more cosmetic lines soon.

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