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Sunderland fashion designer Gareth Pugh exhibits work at Victoria and Albert Museum

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A DESIGNER to the stars has stitched up another accolade as he exhibits his work at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

Wearsider Gareth Pugh began his career in the fashion industry after studying at Sunderland College’s Shiney Row campus.

Now he is preparing to exhibit a dress he created for friend Katie Shillingford’s marriage ceremony as part of a new display at London’s V&A Museum.

It will feature alongside the embroidered silk coat designed by Anna Valentine and worn by the Duchess of Cornwall for the blessing after her marriage to the Prince of Wales; the purple Vivienne Westwood grown chosen by Dita von Teese when she wed Marilyn Manson; and Dior outfits worn by Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale when they married.

The exhibition, which also features outfits worn by grooms, traces the development of the fashionable white wedding dress of may faiths dating from 1775 alongside accessories including jewellery, shoes, garters, veils, wreaths, hats and corsetry.

Gareth created Dazed and Confused’s fashion editor Katie’s dress, spending three months on its creation. She wore the slashed pale grey chiffon gown when she married Alex Dromgoole at Eltham Palace in Greenwich in 2011.

The dress – considered one of the most innovative and unconventional in the show – will be displayed alongside the veil she wore, designed by Stephen Jones.

Both designers have worked alongside Katie to help set up the exhibition, which runs from Saturday, May 3, to March 15 next year.

In the past Gareth, who is from Grangetown, has created clothes worn by Lady Gaga and Kylie has worked alongside Mac to create a make up range.

The former Southmoor School student went on to study at Central St Martins College of Art and Design in London after leaving Sunderland.

As a young designer he had his heart set on a place at the art school.

After winning a spot on one of its courses, he said: “St Martins was the only place I wanted to go.

“Nowhere else would do, and if I didn’t get in I’d just have to try again and again until I did.

“If you want to be the best, you have to go to the best places and St Martins has an excellent reputation.”

His mum Lesley has previously said of his work, which has also included shows in Paris and a role with Alexander McQueen: “Gareth has done amazingly well and when people like Beyonce wear his clothes it makes you realise just how successful he’s become.”

Also among the exhibits is a dress designed and worn by Wendy Ramshaw when she married David Watkins in Christ Church in Sunderland on August 12, 1962.

Both bride and groom became internationally acclaimed jewellers.

A spokeswoman for the museum said: “The exhibition will highlight the histories of the dresses, revealing fascinating details about the lives of the wearers and offering an intimate insight into their circumstances and fashion choices.”

Other designers to feature include dresses by Jenny Packham, John Galliano, Christian Lacroix, Lanvin, Vera Wang, Jasper Conran and Bruce Oldfield, with other items of millinery by Philip Treacy.

 

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