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East Lancs royal fashion designer creates new baby range
12-week-old Bridget Perry models one of the outfits in the baby clothing range designed by Carrie-Ann Kay
A FASHION designer with royal credentials has started her own clothing range for children after being inspired by the baby prince.
East Lancashire’s Carrie-Ann Kay has designed her own selection of dungarees for little ones, after Prince George, son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, was pictured in a pair last month.
The images of the royals on a trip to New Zealand sparked a new fashion craze, and one Carrie-Ann is perfectly placed to take advantage of.
She said: “I went out and bought a pattern for toddlers’ dungarees just before I saw the picture. I thought they were cute, and they are unisex, so they’re a good bit of clothing to have.”
Former Burnley College fashion lecturer Carrie-Ann owned a fashion shop, ARTisan, in Burnley, before she closed the store 18 months ago.
She now focuses on running fashion label Rene K, which she founded in 2003 while studying psychology at the University of Leeds. The label has provided many dresses for celebrities, including members of The Only Way Is Essex cast, for the Brit Awards, and even the US president’s daughter has taken a shine to her work.
Carrie-Ann has already designed a dress for Prince George’s mum, and has now set her sights on kitting out the youngest royal.
She said: “I made a dress for Kate Middleton for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, which went to her charity. I think because Kate is a fashion icon, people look towards her for what the trend is. They look at how she dresses Prince George.”
A former student of Habergham High School, in Burnley, Carrie-Ann said: “I’d love to make a pair for little George. It’s the best feeling when you’ve made something and it comes up on TV, and on the person you’ve made it for.”
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