Choco Chic: Fashion From Salon du Chocolat

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If you were to ask me to name the first thing that comes to mind when you say the words “chocolate dress”, it would probably be this…

art of chocolate

photo credit: cherryblossomcakery.blogspot.com

And while I love a good Barbie dress cake just as much as the next girl, this is not the kind of chocolate dress that makes headlines once a year.

Actually, chocolatiers and fashion designers from around the world gather for the Salon du Chocolat in Paris – a fashion show dedicated to garments made from what else, chocolate! Feeding an appetite for both fashion and chocolate, models strut the runway in edible creations that can sometimes prove to be a tricky feat.

I’m sweating just thinking about it!

salon du chocolat

le chocolat

Can you put yourself in these models’ shoes? Seriously, how does one walk in a chocolate dress if one was chosen to walk in a chocolate dress?


Martin Howard, a pastry chef turned chocolate fashion designer, has been involved with Salon du Chocolat for more than a decade and is definitely a pro at what he does.

“Chocolate is good to work with. It’s a bit temperamental at first, but strong and sturdy once it sets. It’s easy to model and sculpt into shape, much like clay, so you can get very creative with it,” he said. As expected, molding chocolate into wearable art has some challenges.

salon chocolat

salon 2010

“It can be tough. Of course, there’s the whole melting factor. Big, solid pieces also tend to snap and break sometimes, so I always carry a chocolate repair box with me to the fashion shows. If a piece pops off a dress, I have another piece ready to replace it,” he said.

salon du chocolat

Sadly, we can’t all jet set to Paris to wear our own chocolate dress down the runway. (Doesn’t that just sound so luxurious?) But we can do the next best thing!

If you would like a bit of chocolate fashion of you own, consider chocolate shoes, designed by Frances Cooley, a boutique cake maker trained in England.


Frances’ chocolate shoes come in a complete array of styles, all with matching handbags. Chocolate and shoes, it’s the perfect combination if you ask me!

art of chocolate

art of chocolate
Do you want your own pair of chocolate shoes? Click HERE.

Chocolate dress images from www.salon-du-chocolat.com
Chocolate shoe images from http://www.chocchic.co.uk

About Francesca

Francesca has an extensive background in content marketing, public relations, and social outreach. She oversees all Operations at Sway Group, including our robust metrics capabilities. Prior to joining the online world, Francesca oversaw viticulture and oenology at various wineries in both California and Italy, and managed regulatory affairs and facility approvals at the biotech company, Genentech. Francesca has been featured on CBS Sacramento and Food Blogger Pro’s podcast. She has also hosted an AMA webinar and spoken at Social Media World.