Coronation Street reveals first look at Gemma's wedding dress from Drag Race star
Coronation Street has released the first pictures of Gemma Winter's wedding dress, which was created by a RuPaul's Drag Race UK star.
The showstopping bright orange dress is two metres wide and has a seven-metre train, with over 125 fairy lights in it, and was designed by Liquorice Black, who has designed outfits for Drag Race UK, as well as hosting behind-the-scenes shows with its stars, and was part of the team behind Drag SOS.
Dolly Rose Campbell, who plays Gemma, worked with Liquorice Black and Corrie's head of costume Alex Hatzar to create the dress.
She said: "Myself and Alex in costume had lots of discussions about what Gemma would want as her dream dress and had put some ideas together. We decided on orange as a nod to Gemma and Chesney being ginger and also Gemma loves bright colours.
"Liquorice and I have a mutual friend and I had seen an exhibition of their work and knew they had worked on RuPaul's Drag Race UK so I knew that they would be the best person to make the dress, I was absolutely delighted when they said yes."
In the world of Coronation Street, Gemma has bought the dress from a charity shop and her friend Izzy Armstrong (Cherylee Houston) has dyed and customised it.
In reality, Liquorice Black spent over 200 hours in their studio creating the dress, and had to make a second smaller version of the skirt so Dolly's co-stars could get near enough for close-up shots.
Their creations for Drag Race UK have included collaborating on numerous outfits for Cheddar Gorgeous – including Cheddar's powerful pink triangle runway look, which honoured the work of ACT UP to urge change and better support for those living with HIV or AIDS.
Liquorice Black said: "I had a meeting with Dolly and the head of costume and the two of them completely convinced me that it would be a really fun project to do and they had faith that I could make their vision come to reality. So I accepted.
"Dolly wanted a really long train, and lights and flowers. Lots of collaborative ideas were thrown together. It wasn't a case of 'Could you make something?' and then I just went away and did it, it was very much a team effort.
"I am from Manchester so it has been such an honour to work on this dress and to be asked to be involved in the filming of a wedding on the show.
"Coronation Street is a UK institution and I am so grateful to be a small part of Corrie history. I can’t wait to see it on screen."
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