Jill hoping for global stage with ‘earth’ dress design

HIGH-FLYING fashion designer Jill Hyndman is hoping that her Celtic-inspired, natural silk dress design can propel her to international recognition.

The 25-year-old from Castlederg is just one of eight ladies who are currently in the running to win the Richmond Centre’s ‘Miss Earth NI National Costume Design and Creation’ competition.

The star-prize is a £500 grant to create the bespoke dress, and a trip to the sunny Philippines to attend the international beauty pageant, Miss Earth where the dress will be worn by the Miss Earth Northern Ireland representative onstage.

The annual Miss Earth beauty pageant is televised and viewed by millions of people world-wide every year.

As each costume designed must be made from environmentally-friendly materials, it is fitting that Jill’s dress features only natural silk fabrics – silk chiffon, silk lace and silk ribbon.

Jill Hyndman

Its bodice, to stay true to Jill’s proud Irish heritage, is inspired by Celtic patterns and will be made from crocheted silk ribbon.

And to add an extra classy touch, Jill’s dress begins as a knee-high cape and can be unbuttoned and folded down to reveal a whispy number with cascading ruffles.

“While researching Irish heritage, I noticed a trend in women wearing capes over their dresses,” Jill explained. “This led me to come up with the idea of a transforming costume.

“It is a design that I am very proud of – I wouldn’t change anything about it.

“I entered this competition as I believe it would be a fantastic opportunity to get my work out there and have it seen by a large audience,” the Bath Spa university student continued.

“It would be surreal to see my design worn in such a famous competition viewed by millions, and getting the chance to make it would be a win in itself.”

• Be sure to visit the Richmond Centre’s Facebook page to like and share Jill’s entry. Voting closes today (Friday, May 19).


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