Thursday, September 8, 2005

Dress Designers Sweet On Candy Couture

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Here’s news to tickle your tastebuds: Later today (Sep. 8) in New York, fashion designers will unveil seven gowns made from candy.

The “candy couture” is a collaboration between Dylan’s Candy Bar store and the Costume Cultural Society and is their contribution to Fashion Week in the Big Apple, an annual event where designers and reporters converge to discuss upcoming fashions.

The midtown candy store will display the gowns which Kip Singer, a spokeswoman for the Society, says were a lesson in candy couture engineering.

A team of 25 people had to solve problems like: “What kind of glue sticks to Gummi Bears?” and “How do you mold taffy without having gravity affect it?”

Singer says the designers found a brand of glue called Barge that held together all 8,000 gummi candies for a dress called “Gummi Goddess.”

Meanwhile, melting taffy and then smearing it on a Chanel- style dress kept it looking like crinkly taffeta.

Other dresses in the exhibit include “Dot” – made from 535 multicolored gumballs, 2,500 turquoise M&Ms and 192 feet of Candy Dot paper – and “Roxy” – a glimmering dress made from 30 pounds of pink and turquoise rock candy.

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