Acclaimed florist, Larry Walshe was once again commissioned by M&G Investments to create an astonishing dress made of over 2,000 fresh stems, to celebrate their seventh consecutive year as title sponsor of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Larry will be creating another spectacular design which will be revealed in award-winning garden designer, Cleve West’s woodland themed show garden on the 23rd May 2016.
This astonishing dress features over 2,000 real Peruvian ferns, Spray Roses, Achillea, Alstroemeria, Dahlia & Gloriosa. Larry Walshe is one of Britain’s foremost luxury floral designers. Based in London, his lavish, abundant use of texture and colour, coupled with a distinctive vision delivers opulent, memorable and dramatic designs that transform weddings and events both in the UK and abroad.
Crafted from a skeleton of raw steel by skilled artisans, this dress assumes a timeless and theatrical silhouette whilst seamlessly integrating a contemporary approach through the use of progressive techniques and modern innovation. The bodice works to create a flattering shape whilst the crinoline below adds a rigid notion that echoes the masculinity of the Cleve West garden design. The organic way in which this veritably “grows” up and around the dress adds delicacy and sensitivity to the brash skeleton beneath. Leaving an element of the crinoline untouched affords a wonderful sense of light and shade and really works to celebrate this modern design.
Larry Walshe comments “Being the first designer to be commissioned on more than one occasion to create this magnificent floral dress for M&G is an absolute honour.”
Photography: Kate Nielen
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