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Published 20th Sep 2011

Cheryl Holmstrom, right, with her Swan Lake bridal design which will be shown at a charity fashion event, modelled by her cousin

Fledgling designers are hoping their debut collection flies off the catwalk at a charity fashion event.

Cheryl Holmstrom and Victoria Cotton, both graduates of Cleveland College of Art & Design (CCAD), are to premier their evening and Swan Lake bridal wear collection, at a Breast Cancer fund raiser, alongside established local designers including award winning celebrity stylist Kate Fearnley.

The artistic duo, who have recently launched their own dress design business, specialise in individual bespoke couture items specifically tailored to meet both client’s style needs and budget.

Cheryl, 21, of Middlesbrough, said: “It was important for both of us to stay in the North East, after graduating from CCAD, so setting up our own business was the most natural thing to do.

“We seem to have found a niche in the market whereby clients can come to us with their own design ideas, and budget, and by working together we can come up with a totally one off exquisite original garment made to order which will be copy written to the client alone.”

Victoria and Cheryl, who trained with dancewear specialist Chrisanne, the creators of the star studded designs seen on TV’s Strictly Come Dancing, also specialise in crystal embellishment of shoes and bags as well as making wedding fascinators and head wear.

Victoria, 21, of Middlesbrough, said: “Cheryl and I have known each other for five years and working together enables us to bounce our creative ideas off each other to come up with something really special for our clients.

“We’ve already had a commission for one of Cheryl’s bridal gowns and for five bridesmaids’s dresses and are now looking to start on our prom wear collection for next year.

“We are really looking forward to working with loads of young girls, to help them design their own prom dresses, which will be both affordable and totally individual to them.”

“It is really exciting, but a bit scary, putting our work on the catwalk for the first time,” added Cheryl.

“Especially alongside other well known and respected designers in the area, but we hope it will give people an idea of the dresses that we can design for them.”

Event information

The charity catwalk event will take place at The Dickens Inn, Southfield Road, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, on Thursday September 22.

Tickets are available at the door at a cost of £3 each with all proceeds going towards research into Breast Cancer.

Useful links

Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD)

Dickens Inn

Photo caption: Cheryl Holmstrom, right, with her Swan Lake bridal design which will be shown at a charity fashion event, modelled by her cousin Hannah Barry, 17

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