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Pastry chefs recreate famous Oscar looks as cookies

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Halle Berry won an Oscar the night she donned with Elie Saab number. (International Culinary Center)

Whimsical, elegant and over-the-top.

No, we’re not talking Hollywood fashion here--but close.

Oscar night plays to host to some of the year’s most beautiful designs and to mark the occasion a team of talented pastry professors at the International Culinary Center got together to recreate some of present history’s most memorable Academy Awards’ dresses.

Who could forget Halle Berry’s stunning embroidered Eli Saab gown? Or Julia Roberts’ black and white Valentino stunner? Even Angelina Jolie's up-to-there slit dress? 

Couture fashion is an art form that takes a lot time and a lot of  labor. Turns out and these miniature, edible renditions were incredibly labor intensive as well.

“Our scale is so much smaller than that of a gown designer and matching the colors was very difficult,” Jansen Chan, Director of Pastry Arts, told FoxNews.com. “There was a lot of trial and error and we all worked together to figure out what techniques would best represent he actual dresses.”

Made of sugar paste and sweet cookie dough, each edible figurine took eight hours to construct—which the school notes is less time than it takes many actresses to get ready for the big night. An additional eight hours was required to construct the edible stage for the actresses to strut their delicious dresses. 

Though Chan says the various skills and tricks used to create the edible designer gown cookies are common sugar paste and cake decorating techniques, each dress required a meticulous process to emulate the exact the color, texture and sheen of the original gowns. The iconic dresses were chosen as unique and readily identifiable in a sea of worthy Oscar fashions. Many of these dresses were also noted as “best dressed” that year.

Chan not only hopes this project will showcase the range of talent at his cooking school  but also inspire people to get into the kitchen.

“Merging lots of different worlds which is something we haven’t done before but we hope this project shows what our staff can do as well as some of the skills you can learn if you come attend classes with us.”