Royal costume is a fashion star

Hayley Kent
Hayley Kent

HAYLEY Kent became royalty at a Bognor Regis school’s fashion show.

The 18-year-old sewed 1,967 buttons on to her striking black and white dress after being inspired by the Cockney Pearly Kings and Queens.

Her striking costume was among the eye-catching outfits which delighted the sell-out audience at The Regis School.

The hugely successful event was attended by more than 300 people.

Hayley’s fellow Year 13 students’ design briefs ranged from Oscar-style dresses to a costume for the Black Swan.

AS students were each given a hat or fascinator and designed a dress to accompany it for Ladies’ Day at Goodwood. Dancers choreographed by sixth formers Zoe Gibbens and Emma van Koolbergen performed along with Amelia Green who opened the show with a moving rendition of an Emilie Sande song.

Year 11 boys modelled suits provided by Brides of Sussex. Beautiful wedding dresses were supplied by Brides of Sussex and Mousetrap.

Garments made by students in the textiles department included a bag using British heritage fabric, recycled clothing, a summer skirt and punk to children’s wear.

Freda Heywood, the school’s head of technology, thanked the shops for helping to create a magnificent night. The event raised £1,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.