Pretty in purple, thanks to a Blackpool designer

Brooke Vincent, better known as Coronation Street's Sophie Webster in a gorgeous flowing dress that featured a bespoke intu Jacobean print created by renowned print designer Celia Birtwell. The dress was handcrafted for intu by Hannah Sykes 'Pic cavendish-press.co.uk

Brooke Vincent, better known as Coronation Street's Sophie Webster in a gorgeous flowing dress that featured a bespoke intu Jacobean print created by renowned print designer Celia Birtwell. The dress was handcrafted for intu by Hannah Sykes 'Pic cavendish-press.co.uk

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We’re used to seeing her playing the role of Sophie Webster on one of the nation’s favourite soaps, but actress Brooke Vincent recently undertook a dramatic high fashion makeover – in a stunning dress designed by a Blackpool woman.

The Corrie actress ditched her usual on-set casual clobber in favour of a gorgeous flowing dress, which featured a bespoke intu Jacobean print, created by renowned print designer Celia Birtwell.

The unique dress was handcrafted for intu by Blackpool’s Hannah Sykes – a fashion graduate from the Manchester School of Art, who picked up a graduate award for fashion innovation earlier in the year.

The stunning make-over transformed Brooke from her on-screen character, into a stunning model, ready for the party season.

She is pictured here in the Great Hall at intu Trafford Centre, showing off the latest in-vogue trend for sumptuously loud patterns.

Along with the beautiful one-off dress, Brooke wore shoes from Aldo, make-up from Kiko Milano and her hair was styled at Regis, all from intu Trafford Centre.

Brooke said: “The party season is truly upon us and I love to head to intu Trafford Centre to shop for a bit of sparkle.

“It was great to spend the morning being pampered, wearing the stunning one-off dress created by Celia Birtwell and Hannah Sykes – and a real break from my on-screen character’s usual clothing.

“I love the look and it’s something I’ll be recreating this season.”

Former St Mary’s School student Hannah, 22, said: “I was really over the moon to see Brooke wearing the dress. She looked incredible.

“I loved creating this magnificent dress, which incorporated nearly 20m of Celia’s fantastic fabric.

“It was great seeing it brought to life like this.”

Hannah graduated in July from the Manchester School Of Art, and has secured a job designing in the women’s leather department at All Saints, in London.

Richard Paxton, the general manager for intu Trafford Centre, said: “What a transformation from the on-screen Sophie Webster we all love to watch on TV, to Brooke – who looked absolutely stunning and was the perfect model for our one-off Celia Birtwell dress.”