Like BB King’s guitar (Lucille), this dress has a name: “Nadine” taken from one of the 10,000 bread tags that were painstakingly sewn onto it. (I wonder: Is “Nadine” an Australian bread brand?)
Watson kept a blog/diary of the project called Constructing Nadine.
“When Will and I first started seeing each other I started saving bread tags in a jar. It became a running joke that when I had enough bread tags to make a wedding dress we would get married.
Friends and family also started collecting them for us. That was 10 years ago. We have a lot of fricken bread tags.”
Stephanie Watson, December 2011
The small size and large quantity of bread tags also imbued the dress with another layer of symbolic meaning…
“…the bread tags have become more than a gag. Bread tags actually have expiry dates printed on them, so every date on the dress is going to be a date that Will and I have been together.”
In July of 2012 Watson notes that Chuck Berry (who did not name his guitar) had a song entitled Nadine:
As I got on a city bus and found a vacant seat
I thought I saw my future bride walking up the street
I shouted to the driver, “Hey conductor, you must
slow down, I think I see her, please let me off the bus”
Nadine, honey is that you?
Oh, Nadine, honey is that you?
Seems like every time I see you
Darling, you got something else to do