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Miss Fylde Coast's recycled dress hits the headlines
Miss Fylde Coast gave the dress top marks
Miss Fylde Coast gave the dress top marks

Fashion doesn't have to cost the earth, as pupils at Holy Family Primary School in Blackpool have proved.

They were given top marks by their teacher Kerry Capoverde for designing a recycled dress as part of Recycle Week (21-27 June 2010).

Kerry, the current Miss Fylde Coast, had to come up with a dress made from recycled materials to wear in the semi-finals of Miss England in Leicester.

And her Class 1 students' paper dress creation sure hit the headlines.

Blackpool Tower tiara

"The top is made from Yellow Pages papier-mâché formed onto a mannequin to make the shape of the body," explained Kerry. "It's tied up at the back with an old football lace.

"The skirt is made from a broken hula hoop to make the skirt fan out, a bed sheet and then covered with leaflets from all around the Fylde coast trying to promote everything that's brilliant in Lancashire to do."

The beauty queen said she loves the final design they came up, preferring it to one of the original ideas; a bubble wrap skirt which would have been see-through.

And the accessories were eco-friendly, too. Kerry wore a Blackpool Tower tiara made out of two coat hangers to go with her dress.

"It's definitely striking," said Kerry of the strapless paper dress, "although if you get too hot it's not too comfortable."

One of her pupils wasn't so impressed with the finished article, though, describing it as "crumbly and rubbish".

While Kerry made a statement on the catwalk with her dress, she didn't win the Miss England heat.

Bt the one-off design is going to be auctioned to raise funds for Blackpool charity Donna's Dream House.

Recycle Week runs from 21 to 27 June 2010




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