Mayor steals the show in student’s designer dress

Monday, 14 April 2014

Daisy Banks and Castle Point Mayor Maryse IlesSeevic College student Daisy Banks has started at the top in her aspirations to be a costume designer.

Daisy from Daws Heath designed the gown for Castle Point Mayor, Maryse Iles’ most important event of the year, her civic dinner.

The cerise gown, appliquéd with leaves, features a train and matching organza bolero encrusted with rhinestones. It was designed exclusively by the 19-year-old student after her tutors recommended her for the prestigious task.

“I did have a dress I was going to wear but when the Principal at Seevic College suggested one of the students could make a dress as part of their course, I thought it would be a great boost for our Borough and of course to promote the college, and showcase some of the excellent work that goes on there.” Said Cllr Iles.

Daisy produced 10 sketches and presented Cllr Iles with two. When she chose the one she liked, Daisy made up two mock versions in calico to achieve the best possible fit.

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“I was completely open minded about the design after discussing my figure and the style of clothing I enjoy wearing,” said Cllr Iles, “and Daisy didn’t disappoint. She is very professional in how she does things, and was never late for a fitting!”

Daisy, who previously attended The King John School, and her family were special guests at Saturday’s Civic Dinner at Runnymede Hall.

“I had so much fun making the dress and as this was my first experience of fitting a dress to a real person I have learnt a lot through this opportunity,” said Daisy, who wants to work in costume design.

Seevic College offers a range of Art & Design courses taught by real life artists and industry experts who have years of experience.

Courses include A-Levels in Textiles, Graphic Design and Fine Art, plus BTEC Diplomas in Art & Design and Visual Design

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