Strictly Royal Fashions: Top designers join together to dress the cast of Strictly!

Massive News
November 15, 2012

With less than a month until ‘The Royal Does Strictly “national and international designers join with local specialty clothes shops to dress Consultants and Directors from the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust and local celebrities in the glitz and glamour we all associate with a strictly event.

Local designer Keith Houston and Aileen Wilson from Blush have compiled a wardrobe that every female dreams of and few have the opportunity to wear. The internationally acclaimed and locally born designer Emma Logue has also donated a fabulous ball gown from her Logue London 2013 collection which will be worn by Consultant Paediatric Neurologist, Dr Deirdre Peake.  Deirdre will also be dressed along with her dance partner ‘Fitness’ Freddie Kinnersley in an outfit from George at Asda.

But not forgetting the rest of the lovely male dancers who are being transformed by Ludlows dress hire and Jeff Banks at the Outlet into our very own Aton Du Beke.

Local designer Keith Houston is responsible for the creation of eight bespoke dresses for the female dancers at the event. He comments When Dr Deirdre Peake approached me and told me all about the charity there was no way I could not get involved. I can’t dance, but I can sew, and this was my contribution to this great cause. My only brief was to add as much glitter and sparkle as possible while retaining good levels of decency”.

“My main aim for each dancer was to capture their personality within the garment; I am working with eight very different women all wanting to project their character but retaining an element of professionalism.”

“Initially I set about sourcing flamboyant fabrics and trims immediately, but also had to remember that these were dresses that were to be danced in – each outfit had to look good, but it also had to move along with the wearer and compliment the dance they were specialising in. So, as you can imagine I’m now surrounded by hoards of stretch sequins, fringing, diamante and feathers.”

“An individual dress has been sketched for each dancer, and I attended one of the rehearsals to meet everyone and discuss what I had in mind for them. We discussed various aspects of each design and tweaked several ideas so that everyone was 100% comfortable and enthusiastic about what they would be wearing. The designs are still evolving as each dress is constructed with different features changing, new colour palettes being considered, and hem lines going up and down!”

“All in all this is a fantastic experience for any designer to be able to create garments with all the glitz and glamour associated with Strictly. I’m just happy that I’ve been chosen to do it for such a worthwhile cause; I am looking forward to seeing my creations brought to life on the dance floor at the event” adds Keith.

The ‘Royal Does Strictly’supported by Kingsbridge Private Hospital, is due to take place on 10th November at Titanic Belfast and is the most high profile event being organised in aid of the Children’s MRI Scanner Appeal in 2012. The appeal aims to raise £2million to buy a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) facility dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of sick and injured children in Northern Ireland. This will be located at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, which is currently the only children’s hospital in the UK and Ireland that does not have its own MRI Scanner.

Due to phenomenal interest in the event an exclusive preview event has just been announced which will take place on 9th November at the Ramada Plaza, Shaws Bridge, Belfast. For further information visit