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Wednesday, September 5, 2012
A restaurant is marking London Fashion Week (LFW) with a dress made from the seaweed paper used in sushi.
Chino Latino in Park Plaza Riverbank commissioned up-and-coming designer George Nemsadze to make a dress out of nori. He used 50 sheets of vivid green pressed seaweed and silk organza to make a shift dress, which had geometric patterning and sheer panelling.
Nemsadze, who favours symmetrical bold patterning in his designs, graduated from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design. He did a student placement at Alexander McQueen before working at TATA-NAKA and David Koma, who will both be exhibiting their collections at LFW.
The designer said: “The beautiful sheen and colour of the nori is very Spring/Summer 2013. We saw earth and jewel tones in Spring/Summer 2012 collections which rolled on through autumn and winter and into Spring/Summer 2013 in several collections.
“Working with the nori, which is traditionally used in sushi, lent itself to a bold, graphical print as the texture of the seaweed paper permitted clean cuts.”
The dress will be on display in the lobby of Chino Latino throughout LFW, which runs from September 14 to September 18.
Albert van der Westhuizen, Chino Latino brand manager for Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts, said: “Fashion Week in London is a time to celebrate all that is beautiful, from designer creations and street fashion to city architecture and well-executed cuisine. We wanted to mark Fashion Week by commissioning a London designer to create a fusion piece where food meets fashion.”