Hampton Courrt Palace dressworkers see dress on Oscars red carpet

Stunning: The dress Credit: AMPAS

The work: Finery Credit: Royal School of Needlework

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A red carpet dress worn by a Bond girl at this week’s Oscars was embroidered by a team from Hampton Court Palace.

Skyfall actress Naomie Harris impressed crowds with the golden gown, which was slit from the ankle to waist and featured the work of hand-embroiderers from the Royal School of Needlework (RSN).

A team of 22 spent 680 hours stitching vintage gold threads, beads and sequins, to the dress that was designed by Ghanaian fashion student Michael Badger and constructed by Vivienne Westwood couturiers.

RSN studio manager Amanda Ewing said: “Heading up the RSN team of 22 which including students, staff and tutors has helped us show the fashion world once again what the RSN can offer in creating bespoke embellished pieces.

“It’s been so exciting to work on this project and add our expertise in traditional embroidery techniques used in such a contemporary way on a red carpet dress.”

The dress was the winning design in Suzy Amis Cameron’s Red Carpet Green Dress competition and is made from recycled materials, including old chocolate wrappers and zips.

The design was based on volcanic lava and lent itself to using goldwork embroidery, which is an ancient technique associated with religious and ceremonial pieces.

RSN chief executive Dr Susan Kay-Williams said: "Working alongside one of the world’s top fashion houses to create a red carpet dress with a sustainable twist is a great way to showcase our skills and flexibility as RSN stitchers.”

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