The £50 wedding dress that looks a million dollars

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FASHION students had their work put under the spotlight as part of a wedding exhibition.

Groups of young people studying fashion and clothing at Sunderland College were given £50 to fashion their own wedding gown on a budget, as part of Sunderland Museum and Winter Garden’s Something Old, Something New exhibition, which looked at how weddings and attitudes to marriage have changed over the centuries.

The exhibition, which ran over the summer, allowed students aged 16 to 19, to put their creative skills to the test and members of the public were asked to judge the designs.

Louise Barber, 18, from Tunstall, Rachael Simpson, 18, from Newbottle and Latasha Rice, 17, from Thorney Close, were chosen as the winning group for their imaginative gown, which was bought from a charity shop and embellished with cuttings of different garments.

Rachael said: “I really enjoyed working as part of a team, but we each had our own task for different aspects of the dress, which allowed us to use our individual skills.

“Not only was it an honour to be chosen as the winning team, but working together on a creative brief and on such a tight deadline has helped to prepare us for university and the challenges ahead.”

Helen Willey, fashion and clothing lecturer at the college, said: “The Something Old, Something New exhibition allowed the students to study century-old traditions and attitudes to incorporate in a bespoke piece by bringing an old garment to new life, inspired by the plants and leaves in the Winter Gardens.

“At the college, we’ve been delighted with the intake of students looking to excel in fashion and clothing and this was more than evident during the exhibition assessment. Some students showed great initiative by customising their mother’s wedding dress in order to better spend the assigned £50 on extra embellishments and trimmings, and the final pieces were simply fantastic.”

She said the winning design has now been entered in the student category of the Knitting Stitching Show at Harrogate, which is an honour for the students and the college.

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