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A talented first year bagged a night at the BAFTAs after she won a dress designing competition.

19-year-old Kate Pollard rubbed shoulders with hotshots Benedict Cumberbatch and Emma Stone as she watched TV presenter Donna Air wear a dress she designed.

The competition was held by House of Fraser and 1HQ, who wanted to create an innovative and artistic fashion piece to celebrate their first year as sponsors of the BAFTAs.

Kate Pollard

Kate attended the BAFTAs to see her dress design

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The Graphic Communication with Typography student’s dress design was based on popular TV genres, and to win her dress had to make it though a panel of judges.

The top three designs were then put to public vote via Twitter.

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The dress

The first year said: “With this being the BAFTAs, I wanted to create something appropriate, and it obviously caught the eye of the judges and public.

“But I was not really expecting to get shortlisted, so to actually win and have my work worn by Donna Air was amazing.”

She added: “The course has given me a great grounding in the best ways to approach ideas and present them.”


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    Plenty of other clothes you can wear if comfort is what you’re after – which I’m sure isn’t the case; GAA tops are merely a statement, and I welcome the attempts to create a more presentable appearance. Whilst I have have no personal issue with gaelic jerseys, I can see how they can promote prejudice they certainly pigeon-hole individuals into preempted categories.