As Robin Givhan explained today in her brilliant Easter fashion column for the Washington Post, Easter is a holiday with strong fashion ties. Givhan explains:
“The history of the Easter ensemble derives from the philosophy of wearing one’s Sunday best to the glory of God. On Easter, style expectations are ratcheted up several degrees in recognition of the day’s outsize religious significance. There’s an element of spring fever, too, in the way that the Easter wardrobe serves as a harbinger of daffodils and tulips — no matter if there is often a bone-piercing chill in the air and, occasionally, snow on the ground.”
Based on the holiday’s extensive fashion-history, it is no surprise that an entire fashion show would be devoted to the date. This weekend, in southeast Queensland, Australia, the Marina Mirage put on an Easter Fashion Show. The highlight: an Alice In Wonderland-themed dress made entirely out of chocolate.
According to the Gold Coast Bulletin, couture designer Richard de Chazal used 20kg of chocolate — including a number of Ferrero Rocher chocolates — to make the dress.
It was constructed through a painstaking process of applying dabs of chocolate to the bodice before the chocolate was smoothed out with a spatula and heat gun…The bodice was lined with swimming pool sealant and resin to ensure the chocolate did not seep through the fabric.
Sounds a little far from the formality of Easter dresses past. Regardless, the intricate craftsmanship of the garment (would one still call this a garment?) is impressive.
We wonder how much weight was gained while building this dress…