Adapt Wedding Dress breaks new ground for brides

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 today. 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 – Product.

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 (take that, unexpected heavy rainfall)

· 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-Weather-Wedding 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.

Find out more about the Kathmandu Adapt Wedding Dress at

About Kathmandu

Born from a desire to make outdoor adventure more comfortable and accessible to everyone, Kathmandu originated in New Zealand with the first retail store opening in Melbourne’s Hardware Lane in 1987. Kathmandu now has over 165 retail stores, online and a wholesale presence in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Germany and the United States of America.

Kathmandu released its annual Sustainability Report in October 2018 which details the brand’s sustainability initiatives and achievements. Below is a summary of the key findings:

  • Kathmandu became the first Fair Labour Association accredited brand in the Southern Hemisphere
  • The Ethical Fashion Report, published by Baptist World Aid, awarded Kathmandu an A for its proactive activity in protecting workers
  • Kathmandu was ranked #2 by the Textile Exchange for its use of preferred materials in 2018
  • Kathmandu saved over 5.5 million litres of water in 2018, by employing sustainable materials like REPREVE, recycled cotton and solution-dyed polyesters.


Gore Fabrics Division revolutionised the outerwear industry with waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX fabric 40 years ago and remains a leading innovator of performance apparel. Gore Fabrics products provide comfort and protection in challenging environments and in everyday life, enabling wearers to safely and confidently achieve and experience more. From hiking in downpours to military operations and fighting fires, Gore’s deep understanding of consumer and industry needs drives development of products with meaningful performance advantages.

About Tanya Carlson

Since launching her label in 1997, Kiwi fashion designer Tanya Carlson has become a household name, known for strong silhouettes, tailoring, innovative fabrics and colours and exclusively New Zealand-made garments. A popular red carpet choice with New Zealand celebrities and sports stars, Carlson has dressed everyone from musicians to supermodels, netballers to former All Blacks and has designed wedding dresses for celebrities including cyclist Alison Shanks, media personality Kerri McIvor, TV presenter Sonia Gary and more recently BMX champion Sarah Walker. Carlson has also designed costumes for major dance companies, including the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and most recently, the Karaka Dance Company. She has also collaborated with artists Michael Pare kowhai and choreographer Douglas Wright. Carlson supports emerging fashion talent through her role as head judge at the ID International Emerging Designer Awards and recently featured as a guest judge on New Zealand’s Project Runway.