“Trash the dress”, also known as “fearless bridal” or “rock the frock”, is a style of wedding photography that contrasts elegant clothing with an environment in which it is out of place. It is generally shot in the style of fashion or glamour photography. Such photography often takes place on a beach, but other locations include city streets, rooftops, garbage dumps, fields, and abandoned buildings. The bride often wears a ball gown, prom dress or wedding dress, and may effectively ruin the dress in the process by getting it wet, dirty or in extreme circumstances tearing or destroying the garment.
Some sources claim that the trend was originally started in 2001 by Las Vegas wedding photographer John Michael Cooper, however, the idea of destroying a wedding dress has been used in Hollywood symbolically since at least October 1998 when Meg Cummings of the show Sunset Beach ran into the ocean in her wedding dress after her wedding was interrupted.
On 26 August 2012, during a photo shoot at the Ouareau River in Rawdon, Quebec, Canada, Maria Pantazopoulos, a 30-year-old Montreal bride drowned when the dress she was wearing dragged her downstream. The photographer, as well as others, tried to help but were unable to rescue her. Her body was later recovered by a scuba diver.
I have always wanted to do this with an old prom dress just because it looks fun. It’s something completely different and gives you a whole new way of looking at the pictures. You have pictures from a prom or wedding where everything is just perfect. Then you get to have fun with mud, paint, and soaking it in water with trash the dress pictures. Your personality comes out and you get to do what you want. The two picures side-by-side would be interesting to look at as well. Overall, I just think these are really neat and it allows the people in the pictures to just be themselves and have fun.