When stage and screen star Sheridan Smith collected her OBE at Buckingham Palace she took a little bit of South Yorkshire with her – a feather headpiece created by Sheffield accessories designer Debbie Carlisle.
Sheridan, from Epworth, near Doncaster, chose a vintage-inspired look for her special appointment with the Duke of Cambridge – a 1940s style navy and white tea dress which she teamed with towering navy velvet heels.
To finish off her look the Gavin and Stacey star wanted a headpiece to match her outfit – and she turned to London-based celebrity stylist and bridal gown designer Kate Halfpenny who recommended Debbie’s work.
Debbie, from Nether Edge, said: “I specialise in bridal accessories and Kate stocks my designs in her London bridal boutique. When Sheridan came to her Kate suggested an adaptation of my ‘Ava’ bridal feather headpiece design made with navy feathers.
“I was so excited to be asked to make Sheridan’s headpiece for her big Palace appointment – I’ve always loved her and her work and so it was amazing to be able to play a small part in her special day. I thought Sheridan’s vintage-inspired look was the perfect choice for her – it was elegant and pretty and a little bit cheeky too, just like her!”
There was a moment when it looked like Sheridan’s headpiece might not make it to the Palace. On the morning of the big day Sheridan tweeted: “OBE day! Typical my lot, my specially made hat not delivered! Gutted.”
Debbie said: “I was really disappointed when I read her tweet – I’d even sent it to her people a week early to ensure she had it in plenty of time so I’ve no idea what happened between it getting to London and getting to Sheridan...I’m just relieved that she did get to wear it in the end, and that she looked so lovely!”
Debbie made Sheridan’s headpiece in her workshop and showroom at Exchange Place Studios on Exchange Street, Sheffield.
Debbie left her job in journalism nearly four years ago to run her bridal accessories business full time and has seen her designs worn by hundreds of brides all over the world.
Debbie sells her handmade accessories – which include bridal headpieces and wedding bouquets made entirely from vintage jewellery - online through her own website www.debbiecarlisle.com and is also stocked in selected luxury bridal boutiques all over the UK.