9 MAY 2003
Punk icon Zandra Rhodes confirmed her status as one of the sweetest things in fashion at the opening of the new Fashion And Textile Museum - London's first exhibition centre devoted entirely to fashion. A recreation in chocolate of one of her designs was a mouth-watering addition to those assembled at the Bermondsey Street gallery, which was opened by Princess Michael of Kent.
Master chocolatier Jean Claude-Sibret, of Belgian chocolate-makers Godiva, made the gown from three varieties of the sweet stuff. And it's not the first time he's created an item of clothing good enough to eat – last year he exhibited a chocolate corset in Brussels.
Zandra, whose outre creation is typical of a woman who has built a reputation on her ability to surprise, has been a driving force behind the project. "The museum represents a life-long dream to create a space that celebrates the important contribution fashion makes to the culture and character of society," she said.
Some 3,000 pieces from the world's leading designers are included in the opening exhibit, with Giorgio Armani, Christian Lacroix, Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, Valentino, Versace, Vivienne Westwood and Rhodes herself all represented.
And even the building itself, designed by Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta, is being hailed as a fashion statement. Its orange and plum façade and huge pink portico have made it an instant landmark in the capital.