Hornchurch dressmaker captures Kates dress in 20 mins

� While everyone watched Kate Middleton’s much anticipated bridal gown a Hornchurch dressmaker was busy creating her own �version.

Sue Goodchild, the owner of House Of Couture in North Street, Romford, sketched two versions of the dress in 20 minutes on the wedding day last Friday.

Sue said: “Kate’s dress was absolutely beautiful and she could not have picked a �better one.

“I thought it looked very wearable and it was a very simple but classic design.”

Sue, 58, took a video of the TV footage and used her �mobile phone camera to get extra shots.


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Sue, who once worked for the Queen’s dressmaker �Norman Hartnell, emailed her versions to a factory in Guangdong province, China which started work on her designs.

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Sue said: “I didn’t really need the cameras because it was a very clever cut and the silhouette was just beautiful.”

Kate’s dress was created by British brand Alexander �McQueen and consisted of an ivory gown with lace appliqu� designed by Sarah �Burton.

Sue added: “My designs are just an interpretation of what I think Kate’s dress looked like, they are not �copies of her dress.

“I have just made them more wearable and more commercial.”

Sue is hoping that six �samples of the outfits will be available in the shop in the next five days.

The dress, which is expected to cost less than �1,500, will then be specifically made up for individual customers in time for autumn.

Sue said: “Every bride wants to think their dress is unique, that’s why I always say that there is only one beautiful dress however many are made.”

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