New Zealand-based designer Annah Stretton has launched a competition to find a same-sex female couple to get married on the catwalk at New Zealand Fashion Week.

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The contest is in the wake of the decision to legalise same-sex marriage in New Zealand earlier this year - but is also open to Austrailians, to encourage them to endorse marriage equality.

She isn't the first designer to endorse the cause - after an announcement by French President Francois-Hollande backing a law to allow same-sex marriage in France, Karl Lagerfeld displayed a feature with two brides holding hands in his January Chanel couture show, pictured.

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Stretton's Come On Oz, Say I Do competition will be open for applications until July 30, and the lucky winners will receive return flights to New Zealand, accommodation, a wedding reception for 250 guests and, of course, bespoke gowns designed by Stretton herself.

The generous designer has even offered to dress the whole bridal party, and invited them to take part in the show.The couple will say their vows on September 7, in front of 1,000 people. Certainly not for the faint-hearted - but a step in the right direction in promoting same-sex marriage.

Stretton is passionate about the cause, and said: "It will not only celebrate the fact that from August 19 same-sex partners will be able to legally marry in New Zealand, but will also encourage our pacific neighbours to follow our lead."

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