Dress made out of cork takes centre stage on awards night

05 February, 2014

OLN editor Rosie Davenport wowed guests at the Drinks Retailing Awards last night by taking to the stage in a dress made out of cork.

Davenport, who co-hosted the event at The Dorchester hotel in London with comedian Miles Jupp, said she wanted to demonstrate the material’s versatility.

The supple fabric was made from 100% natural cork granules supplied by Amorim, the world’s largest cork producer, which was bonded together, finely shaved and backed onto cotton.

Award-winning designer Kevin Freeman, founder of Renaissance Couture, worked the cork wine stopper into the fashion statement, and he said: “It was a very interesting material to work with. The final result is a high-end, intricate piece which would wow on any red carpet.”

Davenport, who is renowned for wearing flamboyant dresses at the annual award ceremony, added: “Having a dress made out of cork to present this year’s Drinks Retailing Awards was the obvious choice and a real show stopper.

“It was also great to challenge perceptions about an everyday object like the everyday cork closure and transform it into something so much more and a bit off the wall.”




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