Wednesday night saw the official launch of Liverpool ONE’s annual ice festival, and fashion fans were excited to see a sparkling dress made entirely of ice exclusively designed by the acclaimed fashion designer Philip Armstrong.

The floor length dress which has a deep v neckline to the waist, a structured fitted bodice and a stunning layered fishtail design inspired by his Autumn Winter collection was be carefully sculpted by the team from Ice Box, specialists in frozen art.

Liverpool-based designer Philip Armstrong, who designs for the label with partner Tony Burke, for clients such as Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez said: “We are obviously used to working with fabric so it’s been amazing to work with the Ice Box team and see how their craftsmanship with ice can bring our design to life in such a different way. I was thrilled to be asked by Liverpool ONE to be part of the launch of its Christmas activities and create the design for this totally unique dress.”

The dress weighs an estimated 700 kilograms and was created inside a huge freezer studio by a leading ice artist with the help of two assistants. The dress will take more than 40 hours to carve and will take a full team of six people to move it into the Ice Bar on Chavasse Park for the big unveiling.

To mark the occasion some of Philip Armstrong’s biggest clients have been invited to a star-studded party. With clients such as superstar Katy Perry and WAGs Coleen Rooney and Alex Curran, Liverpool-based design duo Philip Armstrong was the natural choice for the dress design.

Donna Howitt, Marketing Director of Liverpool ONE, added: “I’ve been into the workshop to watch the dress being created and it really is a sight to behold. Following the launch shoppers and visitors to the Ice Festival will be able to pose in the dress and have their pictures taken in the truely unique Philip Armstrong creation.”

Liverpool ONE will host the eight week installation on Chavasse Park which also features an ice rink, live ice carving and the hugely-popular Ice Bar, complete with a crystal clear ice sculpture room and the Après cafe bar.

Donna added: “At Liverpool ONE we are always trying to ensure that no two visits are the same and the Ice Festival this Christmas season will certainly ensure that! We have everything visitors need this Christmas; leading retailers, a wide range of dining options and a vibrant atmosphere to get shoppers in the festive mood. The Ice Dress will be a fabulous addition to all of the activity we have planned and we can’t wait to see the design come to life.”

We can’t wait to check it out!