Friday, 8.50am: A fashion student from Peterborough has been chosen to create a pair of shoes for one of the world’s leading fashion icons - the Duchess of Cambridge.
Peterborough-born Becka Hunt (20) is set to join an illustrious list of designers who have produced custom-made work for the Duchess – and it is her first commission.
The De Montfort University (DMU) footwear design student was announced as the winner of a competition to create a pair of shoes for Kate Middleton when The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duchess herself visited DMU yesterday.
Becka, who attended Matley Primary School, in Orton Brimbles, and Sawtry Community College, described the experience as “one of the most memorable moments I will probably ever have” and having one of the world’s leading fashion icons as her first job as “incredible”.
She said: “I am absolutely overwhelmed, excited and amazed. The attention I have had since I was announced as the winner is all a little scary to be honest, but I have to say it has been great fun and hopefully this will be good for a future career.”
Becka, whose parents Tim and Caroline still live in the city, was among six DMU footwear design students, selected from more than a hundred entries, to be chosen as finalists in the competition.
Her design was inspired by 19th century fashions and based around Becka’s interpretation of the Duchess’s style. The colour of the shoe is sapphire blue, inspired by the Duchess’ engagement ring.
An ornate, white floral pattern with pearl detail completes the design.
Becka and the five other finalists met the Duchess ahead of the announcement as to which of them had won the competition.
The Royal party were there on the first stop of a tour to mark the Diamond Jubilee.
Becka said: “All six of us had our shoes in a cabinet and she came over and said we had all done well and the shoes looked amazing.”
The future Queen shook the hands of Becka and the other students and congratulated them all again on their work.
Becka added: “She looked beautiful, she really did. She was so elegant.”
Becka, who only finished her prototype the previous afternoon, added: “I thought I would be really nervous, but she makes you feel really calm. She’s really friendly and down to earth.”
The design will now be made into a pair of shoes and presented to the Duchess at a later date.
Although it is not known yet for which occasion they will be worn.
DMU vice-chancellor Dominic Shellard said: “What a huge honour and magnificent opportunity this is for Becka. It’s amazing to think that the Duchess of Cambridge - the world’s leading fashion icon - is to wear a pair of shoes designed and made here at De Montfort University.”