China's Chocolate Fashion Looks Good, Tastes Great!

A rather “tasteful” fashion show at World Chocolate Wonderland in Shanghai, China, featured clothing and accessories made from delicately (and deliciously) carved & crafted chocolate.

World Chocolate Wonderland in Shanghai is aid to be China's largest chocolate theme park, which leads one to assume China is awash in chocolate theme parks – not that this is a bad thing (yum!). In any case, being the biggest of anything is no longer good enough to garner headlines these days. Solution? Stage a chocolate fashion show, of course, and on December 15th, 2011 that's exactly what transpired.

Now one might think clothing made from chocolate is impractical to say the least: remember “melts in your mouth, not in your hands”? Not to worry (or anticipate), the featured chocolate duds are supported by fabric bases and although they might not keep the wearer warm, at least they'll sate the appetite between meals.

Five Chinese fashion designers were selected to create the high-calorie clothing and accessories shown at the opening event: Taiwan's Kang Yen-Ling (康延龄), Helen Lee (李鸿雁) of Shanghai, Beijing-born Tan Siyuan (谭思源), and a pair of mainlanders: Hsu Feng-Yu (许凤玉) and Lin Guodong (林国栋). Each designer was charged with fashioning 2 chocolate articles each.

The challenge of creating clothing and accessories using chocolate was no piece of cake, as it were. In fact it took nearly 3 months of close collaboration with World Chocolate Wonderland's organizer to finally arrive at the range of chocolate fashions displayed at the runway show.

By the way, if you missed the December 15th intro showing, no worries: the chocolate-themed articles crafted for the show are on display at World Chocolate Wonderland, along with over 200 chocolate art pieces, from December 16th through February 19th of 2012... that is, unless hungry visitors succumb to sweet temptation first. (via Xinhuanet, EastDay, and CNNgo)