Pastry chef Zac Young of Butter has teamed up with designer Nicole Romano to showcase what they consider their masterpiece: "Bakewear," a tempting — and totally edible — dress. The fashion statement will make its debut at the 10th Anniversary Chocolate Show tonight, where, among the various demonstrations and tastings, designers will unveil their chocolate-inspired looks. During last night's pre-show fitting, Young talked about how model Ashley Moss would be sporting the frock — which is made of 600 cookies — on the CBS Early Show come Friday morning: "She's gonna be outside in the freezing cold with her ta-tas getting all hard, breaking my cookies!"
Young and Romano went through sixteen recipes and eight different types of glue (ultimately, good old Super Glue worked the best) to realize their vision. The final tally: 6 pounds of chocolate, 8 pounds of butter, 600 cookies, and zero fabric. Young stuck with his classic black and white chocolate, zebra-striped shortbread cookies — except overmixed, overbaked, and stale enough to withstand drilling and wearing. Good enough to eat, though probably not advisable.