Like Nonie, I can’t really draw. But I wish I could, and I do still occasionally try. Here’s my best effort at what Nonie would look like if she wore one of Crow’s little dresses:
(Note that I can’t do necks, elbows, hands, knees or ankles, but I’ve found a way around this.)
When I’m not fantasising about being a fashion designer, I’m fantasising about the perfect outfit. For example, I’m one of those people who often wonders – what exactly is the perfect wedding dress?
As anyone who has read Sequins, Stars & Spotlights knows, Crow designs a series of wedding dresses for a particular, gorgeous supermodel, and I had THE BEST fun picturing them all. So as you can imagine, I’m thrilled about a certain *ahem* royal event that’s fast approaching. (Although I imagine Kate’s dress will be different from mine, which was a cranberry pink velvet column dress by Alberta Ferretti – very lovely, but not totally classic.)
The rumours are that Kate has picked Sarah Burton as her dress designer. Sarah now heads Alexander McQueen, since the sad and early death of McQueen last year. She has dressed, among others, Michelle Obama, Gwyneth Paltrow and Lady Gaga. As you do. (Although not all for the same event.)
Her latest bridal creations look like this. Is this what Kate will really wear? If so, wow! (And please ignore my drawing and book cover among Sarah Burton’s incredible dresses – WordPress did that, not me, sorry.)
Anyway … That’s what Sarah can do, but what about YOU? I know that lots of you are budding designers. If you were asked to dress a royal princess bride or bridesmaid, what would you design? Would it be a white dress, or something different? Would it be long, would there be a train? What fabric, details and accessories would you use? How would you make it something special, that she’d remember with a little thrill of pleasure forever? Or would you do something crazy and way out that says ‘THIS is what I think about the royal wedding – and it’s not what you expect!’
Please send me a picture of your design (or designs – you can send in up to 3). I’ll be choosing the winners at the end of the month, with the imaginary help of Crow and Nonie.
Entries must reach me, by post or email, by Saturday, 30 April.
You can either take a picture of your design and email it to me at sophiaben at me dot com, or you can send the real thing (or a photocopy) to me care of my publishers, at The Chicken House, 2 Palmer Street, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1DS, UK. (Please note: I can’t return designs.)
Alternatively, if you are a writer rather than a designer, you can take up to 300 words in the style of Nonie, to describe the dress. (It could be a scene where the bride or bridesmaid tries it on, or gets dressed in it on the big day.)
You must let me know your name, age and an email address (in case you win and I need to contact you – I won’t use the address for any other reason). You can enter from the UK, US, Brazil, Germany, Australia … or wherever you like!
I will post a gallery of my favourite designs and descriptions on this blog in May. This is your chance to show what you can do! However, if you DON’T want your work to appear for any reason, please let me know.
Nonie and I will pick 3 winners. Prizes will include a signed, hardback copy of Threads, with the Giles Deacon illustration on the cover (or, for my US readers, Sequins, Secrets and Silver Linings), and I will illustrate my own version of a wedding dress, just for you, on the inside.
If you win and you would rather receive a different version – e.g. in another language, or one of the later books in the series, just tell me which one when you enter.
I will also be including a few other goodies in the prize bag. It depends what inspires me in the run up to the future Princess Catherine’s big day.
So go on, get designing. I can’t wait to see what your idea of an amazing outfit will be.