Singer Ellie Goulding wears dress designed by Sheffield Hallam Graduate

‘It was the sort of thing I could have only ever dreamed of’

A dress designed by Sheffield Hallam fashion design graduate, Olivia Creighton, was worn by music star Ellie Goulding at the Cartier Queen’s Cup Final this week.

After success at Graduate Fashion Week in London, winning the award for best digital portfolio, Olivia’s designs were selected for a second ‘Best in Show’ catwalk.

Seeing her dress in the show, a stylist contacted Olivia through social media, asking if her design could be sent to Ellie Goulding to try on for an event.

Olivia told The Sheffield Tab: “I didn’t think much more of it. I knew she would have lots of options, and a lot of high end designers and I just thought my designs would get returned unworn the week after.

“I kept checking her [Ellie Goulding’s] Instagram to see if she’d worn the dress. By late afternoon on the Sunday, I’d given up hope until I checked around 4pm and she’d uploaded an Instagram story wearing my dress.”

Olivia continued to tell The Sheff Tab how she felt when she saw a celebrity wearing her design: “It was very overwhelming and the sort of thing I could have only ever dreamed of.

“The stylist actually emailed me a few days later and said that Ellie absolutely loved the dress. After such a turbulent year, it’s made me really hopeful for the future and believe that anything is possible.”

The pandemic made completing her Fashion Design degree very difficult as she had no studio access – a vital part of Olivia’s course. Usually her end degree project would consist of making 6 garment looks but this year, the assessment was altered to two.

Olivia decided to create her two most stand out pieces to present at Graduate Fashion Week, one of them being the dress worn by Ellie Goulding.

She added: “I am terrible for doubting myself and my abilities but, this has given me a real confidence boost. I had previously only ever thought I would go on to work for a designer, but this has made me believe that I could start my own label.”

PHOTO CREDITS: Rory James @roryjamesphoto

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