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Jackpot win inspires '1m' dress

Miss Cardiff, Summer Ghanavati, models the dress made by Hannah Cooper (right)
Hannah Cooper (right) hopes the dress will help her into the fashion business

A fashion student whose parents won the lottery has designed a dress with £1m worth of £20 notes printed on silk.

Hannah Cooper, 20, from Cwmbran, said she was inspired by people always asking about her parents landing a £2.4m jackpot three years ago.

The University of Wales, Newport, student asked the Bank of England for permission to print money on material.

She said: "It was a lot of fun to make and the dress really does look expensive."

Ms Cooper is hoping her creation will attract interest in her designs from fashion houses when she leaves college.

She has already had a spell at the London workshops of Merthyr Tydfil-born fashion designer Julien MacDonald.

She said: "Everyone knows that my family won the lottery and people always ask me about it.

Jenny and Gareth Cooper celebrating their jackpot win with daughter Hannah
She said people were always asking about the family's win

"So I decided it would be fun to make a dress out of money. I had to get their permission first because it is illegal to copy bank notes.

"But they were fine about it - although I did have to scale them down to size."

"I'm hoping the dress will be seen in fashion shows before going on permanent display somewhere."

Her father, retired factory worker Gareth Cooper vowed to spend, spend, spend when he landed the jackpot with his wife Jenny.

But apart from moving to a slightly larger house the couple have not changed their lifestyle.

The biggest benefit their daughter can boast is her own Mini for travelling to college.



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