A copy-Kate dress challenge for Kevin

Dressmaker Kevin Thornhill with his copies of the wedding dresses worn by Lady Diana and Sarah Ferguson, right
Dressmaker Kevin Thornhill with his copies of the wedding dresses worn by Lady Diana and Sarah Ferguson, right

ONE man will be watching today’s Royal Wedding coverage more closely than others.

Dress-maker Kevin Thornhill will be glued to the TV screen for William and Kate’s wedding as he has set himself a challenge of re-creating Kate’s gown in time for an event on Saturday.

The event, called Century of Wedding Gowns, will include a showcase of 100 years of wedding dresses, including replicas of various dresses worn by members of the Royal Family.

Kevin, 49, trained under Terri Fox, who worked with David and Elizabeth Emmanuel on Princess Diana’s taffeta silk meringue puffball-style wedding dress which she wore to walk up the aisle at St Paul’s Cathedral to tie the knot with Prince Charles, in 1981.

He appeared in the Mail last year when he was showcasing his own version of the People’s Princess’ dress, which featured a 12.5ft train.

It was showcased during an event at Peterlee Methodist Church, where he is a parishioner, which raised money for Easington Carers, the Easington District Huntington Disease Association and Wheatley Hill Day Centre.

Now he is hosting a similar event on Saturday to raise money for All Saints Church, in Cleadon Village, South Tyneside.

But a focal point will be a recreation of the newest Royal bride’s gown.

Kevin, who is originally from Peterlee, said: “If I can, and Kate’s dress is not too complicated, I will recreate it for Saturday.

“I have a feeling it will be fairly straight and quite demure.

“I don’t think it will be the Diana type – I don’t feel it’s the fashion.”

Kevin, who is married to former teacher Mavis and works for Durham County Council’s education department, added he will be watching the wedding ceremony on TV and recording it so he can capture all the details of the dress.

He said: “I always enjoy royal weddings.

“I think my favourite royal dress has to be Princess Anne’s medieval-style dress.

“We have got a copy of that in the show, it’s just a normal classic crimplene dress.”

Kevin will host A Century of Gowns at All Saints Church, in Sunderland Road, Cleadon Village, from 7.30pm on Saturday.

Tickets cost £7.50 and are available by calling (0191) 5360102.

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