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World - Asia/Pacific

A wedding dress sweet enough to eat

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A sweet gown, but does it melt?  
August 9, 1998
Web posted at: 4:55 p.m. EDT (2055 GMT)

TAINAN, Taiwan (CNN) -- A slender, delicate model gingerly stepped down a department store runway Saturday wearing a brittle, 44-pound (20-kg) wedding dress made entirely of sugar.

The elegant, flower-covered dress is billed as the world's first "edible gown," and it created quite a stir for the Taiwanese department store that commissioned it for an exposition.

The sleeveless dress has seven tiers of colored candy flowers from the waistline to the mid-calf hem, as well as a generous bunch of feathery white netting at the back. Everything, including the veil, necklace, bracelet and bouquet, is made of sugar, according to the designer.

Dressmaker Lu Sa-chou said she wanted to portray the sweetness of each bride just before a wedding. The sugary creation took 250 hours to make and is available for about $2,900.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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