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IT’S a stunning replica of the fairytale wedding dress worn by Royal bride Kate Middleton - and a University of Ulster fashion technician from Newtownabbey played a large part in its creation.

Attracting global attention, the UK’s first copycat gown is currently turning heads at the House of Fraser in Belfast’s Victoria Square as passers-by stop to take a second look.

Under the supervision of acclaimed Downpatrick designer, Mary Rose McGrath, a team of dedicated dressmakers worked for just over 18 hours to deliver their own interpretation of Sarah Burton’s sensational Royal Wedding gown creation which stunned the world and Prince William.

And among them was Lorraine Cunningham from Hedgelea Park, a fashion technician at the University of Ulster’s (UU) Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment, whose main responsibility was to cut out the pattern.

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