Former Edenite Charlotte Murrant won a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show 2014 in the RHS Young Chelsea Florist Of The Year competition.
Eden Proudly sponsored her for this event providing most of the fresh botanical materials and more importantly funded some much needed extra man hours to create this wonderful design for this prestigious competition.
The Brief for the competition this year was to ‘Design and create a fantasy floral dress to be worn at a crystal ball’ which definitely posed as a challenge!
The Above pictures shows the finished floral frock along with the flowerless material base…
The frame of Charlotte’s dress consists of Chicken wire and sheets of felt covered with pale pink silk dupion and ivory Organza along with a lot of silver aluminium wire.
The wings of charlottes dress are made from an outline of very strong silver wire with the aluminium wire swirls all individually wired into place along with swirls of Swarovski crystals, tiny baby orchids, Ceropegia vine and Tillandsia was then used to add a fine veil over the silver wire swirls.
The Body of the dress was made from Layers of silver wire and crystal swirls, orchids in various colours and sizes along with handmade material flowers, succulents, flower crystals, white Kalanchoe, tillandsia, ceropegia vine and a selection of individual crystals studded onto the material.
A focal area on the dress was created by petals of a pale pink cymbidium orchid glued onto the waist area of the skirt in a flower shape, layered with phalaenopsis orchid petals and a crystal flower glued in the centre, Swarovski crystals on wire were then glued into the centre to create a spikey sputnik.
The dense area on the skirt was created using the wire and crystal spirals as a base with the orchids, Kalanchoe, crystal flowers, succulents, tillandia, handmade material flowers and ceropegia vine to add some movement.
The Organza area of the skirt was kept quite loose simply with a few smaller wire and crystal spirals and the smaller headed phalaenopsis orchids with the crystal flowers and lots of crystals studded onto the material, finished with ceropegia vines to link all the areas.