Bespoke wedding dress designer, Hayley Hare, reveals how she was behind the gorgeous gown from the recent Coronation Street wedding…
When Hayley Hare was contacted by the Head of Costume at Coronation Street, she couldn’t believe it. Drawn to the stunning designs on her website, Head of Costume Alex Hatzar contacted the Manchester and Cheshire-based designer: ‘We were looking for a dress that would suit Sinead’s quirky character whilst fitting with the tragic storyline. The angel like quality of Hayley’s designs were exactly what we were searching for.’
The final design was a combination of sample garments from the Hayley Hare Bridal collection, together with the creative input from the Costume Department at Coronation Street, Hayley completed the outfit with a few extra details here and there.
Hayley says of the experience: ‘It was such an exciting opportunity for me! I love the fact that Sinead’s style is alternative, like most of my designs and that she’s a seamstress just like me.’
The final design consisted of a full length, silk charmeuse slip underneath a silk organza bodice and soft tulle circle skirt. Hayley likes to avoid corsets and boning, preferring a more relaxed and natural shape, which is lightweight and luxurious next to the skin.
Finally, they added a soft tulle cape, although after their initial fitting with Katie McGlynn (who plays Sinead) they decided to add a couple of extra layers to the cape, strengthening the overall ethereal theme.
There was also a lot of detailing on the bodice and cape too, of which Hayley says: ‘The idea for the leaf applique just came to me one day… I’m always inspired by nature, every time I see leaves blowing in the breeze I’m imaging how I might incorporate them into my designs. In my head I’m always designing away. So, the detail on Sinead’s dress are little leaf shapes, each one constructed from eight layers of individually hand drawn and cut, tulle fabric. Each leaf shape is then sewn together. I usually have an idea in my head before I begin arranging the leaf design, but then I just start pinning and the design emerges organically.’
‘It was an absolute delight working with Katie McGlynn and the Costume Department at Coronation Street, a huge highlight of my career thus far!’ concludes Hayley.