Aspiring footwear designer Becka Hunt from Peterborough is one step away from creating a pair of shoes for Kate Middleton, The Duchess of Cambridge.
Becka (20), of Chandlers, Orton Brimbles, is among six students at De Montfort University (DMU) in with a chance of making footwear for the future Queen.
Becka, a former Matley Primary School pupil, was selected by the lecturers at DMU from more than 100 applicants.
Next week, Kate Middleton will visit the DMU’s campus in Leicester with The Queen to mark the beginning of a UK tour celebrating the Diamond Jubilee. While she is there she will meet the six students and announce which is her favourite design.
The lucky winner will then make up a pair of the shoes to be worn by the style icon.
Becka said: “I am so honoured and excited to be given such an amazing opportunity. My design is inspired by 19th century fashions and based around the things Kate wears, her engagement ring and her style.”
Becka’s blue suede design comes with a three to four-inch heel and beaded lacing and cream lace panels.
She spoke of her hopes of winning The Duchess’ approval.
She said: “I designed it with her in mind. She was one of my main sources of inspiration. Hopefully, it will be suitable to her. I tried to make it elegant and hopefully it will be comfortable as well.
“It would be amazing to win. The fact that we can even design for her is an amazing opportunity. It would be amazing to have it on my CV.”
The former Sawtry Community College student is currently preparing a prototype of the finished design for The Duchess’ inspection next week.
She said: “I’m excited and very, very nervous.”
The second year student, who counts Alexander McQueen, Jimmy Choo and Manuel ‘Manolo’ Blahnik among her idols, is also a fan of The Duchess’ look.
She said: “I love her fashion sense. She’s really elegant.”
Prof Dominic Shellard, vice-chancellor of DMU, said: “What a huge honour and magnificent opportunity this will be for the winning student.
“When asked who their first commission was for at their first job interview, they will be able to reply: ‘The Duchess of Cambridge, the world’s leading fashion icon’.”
Head of DMU’s footwear design degree Kevin Guildford said: “We were thrilled when the Palace asked for six designs for the Duchess to choose from.
“It’s the most fabulous opportunity for the students, who couldn’t hope for a bigger fashion icon to endorse their designs. Whoever wins is bound to be starting a brilliant career.”
Kate’s tastes in fashion
IF BECKA is chosen to create a pair of shoes for The Duchess of Cambridge, she will be joining a list of eminent designers to have helped shape the fashion icon’s look.
For last year’s Royal Wedding, The Duchess chose an Alexander McQueen gown.
She looked to London Fashion Week designer Orla Kiely during a recent outing in Oxford.
She has, however, also been known to look to the High Street, sporting a brown coat from Hobbs for charity engagements in Liverpool last week.