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In January, many swear off sweets for the New Year. Instead, Tampa Festival of Chocolate-goers and the students at Regency Beauty Institute® in Tampa embraced them.

The Cocoa Couture Fashion Show highlighted dresses made from chocolate candy wrappers. The runway show featured designs from students at the International Academy of Design and Technology, students from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and members of the local community. Students at the Regency campus in Tampa created hair and makeup looks for the models.

Christie S., one of the Regency campus managers supervising the students, said the unique construction of the dresses was complemented by avant garde hair and makeup, traditionally featuring large, whimsical ornamentation and bold detailing.

“Avant garde hair and makeup is really fun because you get to show your talent as a hair dresser. You get to be very artistic,” Christie said.

The event represented an opportunity for the students to showcase their skills in runway artistry.

Carrollwood campus manager Lesa W. said communication between the stylist and the designers was the key to really creating a look that wow’ed the spectators.

“It is great to see the students’ hard work and effort pay off,” Lesa added. The show was a huge success.”

Besides the runway show, the Festival of Chocolate hosted a local and regional vendor showcase, hands-on classes and a professional cake competition among other events as part of the three-day Festival of Chocolate, January 18-20.

The Regency students’ hair and makeup designs added that extra icing to each look – chocolate icing that is.

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