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November 21, 2013 / demarquettechoc

Haute Couture Fashion and Chocolate… eat your heart out Carrie Bradshaw!

In October of this year we took chocolate creativity to the next level by merging haute couture fashion with luxury chocolate. The brief was to create a spectacular outfit with the only stipulation being that there needed to be some element of chocolate. So we collaborated with award-winning English heritage milliner Vivien Sheriff  on a mesmerising bespoke headpiece and dress that was presented at the inaugural Salon Du Chocolat Fashion Show on the 18th of October at the Kensington Olympia National Hall.

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It was the first time the Salon Du Chocolat has been to London since its inception in 1944, despite exhibiting in over 20 locations around the world since then. There were various chocolatiers and fashion designers at the show who displayed their works and collaborations to the three hundred VIPS in attendance.

Worn by British Royalty and many celebrated heads, Vivien Sheriff bespoke pieces are recognised for their unique feathering & exquisite beauty. We here at Demarquette thought that because of a shared passion for melding traditional practice with contemporary flair, a collaboration between two luxury British brands would be idyllic. Both companies were selected as ‘2012 British Luxury Brands of Tomorrow’ by The Walpole  and thus our collective ambition to excel as true and honest British luxury brands inspired our project.

We are also planning to display the headpiece on show at Mosimann’s during a prestigious dinner hosted by the Walpole and Mishcon de Reya in November. The Walpole Brands of Tomorrow Alumni, representing the epitome of the British Luxury industry will enjoy a fabulous meal celebrating the industry and the continued successes of the brands. Since its inception in the 1990’s, the Walpole Brands of Tomorrow have inspired aspiring brands to develop and grow into successful, profitable luxury brands representing the British way.

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The headpiece we created was a reflection of the sensual fluidity, form and movement that is artisanal chocolate making and the natural marriage that flows when two artisan skills work in partnership to create a masterpiece fashioned upon an autumnal theme.

The collaboration was a success with the breath-taking finished creation hitting all the right notes- a uniquely elegant and dazzling confection of artisan chocolate craftsmanship and millinery mastery.

To make the headpiece, over five hundred feathers were used. These feathers were hand dyed, brushed and sprayed with varying shades of molten chocolate and a dusting of pure gold powder. The final touches to the piece consisted of moulded chocolate pods and individual Swarovski crystals that reflected and bought to attention the shimmering gold highlights. There was very little room for error as chocolate is opaque and brittle once it sets yet the end result was visually stunning and we are sure it would have tantalised the taste buds!

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Video courtesy of ImplausibleBlog 

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