Student’s tsar turn

Statement piece: Fashion student Kate Harrod with her bold wedding dress.
Statement piece: Fashion student Kate Harrod with her bold wedding dress.
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FASHION student Kate Harrod showed Sheffield is a step ahead of the latest trends, winning a major design award for this stunning wedding dress.

The unusual red leather and black paper silk creation wowed judges at the Bridal Buyers Awards who named the 22-year-old Best Student Designer.

Kate, in her third year at Sheffield Hallam University, based her design on the Russian tsars.

She sifted through archive pictures of royal weddings for inspiration.

Kate, from Ecclesfield, said: “It’s amazing to have won this award and to have received praise from some of the top people in the bridal industry.

“I work at a theatre in my spare time and I love theatrical costumes, which were an inspiration to me with this creation.

“My dress is very dramatic and I think the judges saw something in it that will appeal to brides looking for something less traditional.

“It was such a thrill to see my dress being modelled on a catwalk.”

Two other Hallam students, Rachel Holliday and Sarah Naylor-Smith, were shortlisted and all three dresses will be displayed during the University’s Creative Spark exhibition, from June 10 to 25.

David Morrish, fashion design lecturer at Hallam, said: “These awards attract the top people in the bridal industry and are excellent exposure.”