Burnley designer creates ‘Kate Middleton’ dress for ITV ‘Strictly Kosher’ reality show

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A FASHION designer has created a dress inspired by Kate Middleton for the star of a TV documentary.

Carrie-Ann Kay designed the Duchess of Cambridge-style dress for Bernette Clarke – of ITV reality show “Strictly Kosher” about the modern Jewish community in Manchester.

The former Burnley College fashion student was filmed by camera crews making the dress for Bernette at her ARTisan Design Studio in Standish Street.

Carrie-Ann, whose Rene K designs have also been worn by singer Paloma Faith and several Hollyoaks and Emmerdale stars, will feature in the show this summer.

She said: “Bernette wanted a grey dress similar to Kate Middleton’s which was in OK magazine.

“She ripped the picture out of the magazine, brought it in and said I want you to make me something like this.

“People go mad for anything Kate Middleton wears. This dress was from Debenhams and it sold out in 24 hours.

“So we used that dress as an inspiration and put our own twist on it.”

The film crews recorded Carrie-Ann taking measurements and doing a fitting for the dress which is set to be worn by Bernette at a wedding on the show.

She said: “Bernette is absolutely crackers. She is a real character and she is so much fun. She is lovely. We had so much fun filming it.”

Carrie-Ann explained that there are a lot of conventions to follow when creating clothing for Jewish women.

“I do a lot of work for the Jewish community in Manchester. They want something modest but modern. They cannot show their elbows and they cannot wear anything above the knee or a plunging neckline and the material must not have linen in it.

“It is a challenge designing clothing like that. It is a completely different experience of dressmaking for me because there are so many rules and regulations.”

The film crews are expected back later in the spring to shoot some more scenes before the show airs on ITV in summer.

Carrie Ann said: “I think she is hoping to come back to film the final fitting and she will be wearing the dress at the wedding.

Carrie-Ann added: “The TV show will go out to 10 million viewers which is quite scary!”