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Wedding Cake Inspired By Fashion Design

Rocking Dog Cake, Rocking Dog

Rocking Dog Cake

This wedding cake was made last year for friends by Rocking Dog, and its colours were influenced by the work of designer Kaffe Fassett.

I have long been a fan of Kaffe, and when I had better eye sight and more patience I completed four of his needlepoint cushions. Embarrassingly, I have another on a frame which has been waiting to be completed for the last 17 years or so. Maybe this is the year I find the time to sit in an old fashioned deckchair, in the sun and finish the pea-pod design.

There was a brilliant exhibition of Fassett’s work at The American Museum, Bath, last year. If you are someone who likes neutrals and clean straight lines this wasn’t the exhibition for you. There were walls painted in the wildest fuchsia, magenta, and citric yellow, whilst exhibits were diverse and eclectic. There were examples of Fassett’s knitwear, tapestries, fabric design and design processes. I don’t know if anyone else feels like me than when they see something so inspirational and eye-popping that it almost becomes edible! Yes, I know i’m bonkers!

One of the loveliest parts of the exhibition were some outdoor installations. Lamp-posts and a garden bench were enrobed with brightly coloured striped knitted covers. Oh how much lovelier the high street would look with embellished street furniture! By far the most dramatic installation was a huge tree in the grounds which had been dressed with pom poms and lamp shades covered with Fassett’s extensive fabric collection. It was truly magical.

Regarding the cake, it had layers of fruit cake, coconut and lime, carrot and a gluten free orange. I had to assemble and decorate it at the venue (Bristol Zoo), all rather nerve racking as there was no steadfast plan. It was however quite entertaining frou’ing to the sound of exotic birds, apes and big cats!

Fashion really is much more than a browsing clothes rails, it influences paint colours, home decor, gardens and even cakes!

Kaffe Magic, Rocking Dog

Kaffe Magic

Magical Tree, Rocking Dog

Magical Tree

Cushion Magic, Rocking Dog

Cushion Magic