Fleur’s red carpet dress was made in Ribble Valley

Designer Jenna Barnes with singer Fleur East in the dress Jenna designed and made for her to wear at The Brits (s)
Designer Jenna Barnes with singer Fleur East in the dress Jenna designed and made for her to wear at The Brits (s)
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A show stopping dress worn by singer Fleur East at last week’s Brit Awards was made by Clitheroe designer Jenna Barnes.

Fleur caused a storm when she arrived on the red carpet in the risque lace gown which sent the paparazzi into meltdown. And fans were clamouring for “selfies’’ with the singing sensation in the dazzling nude gown that was created by the Ribble Valley’s own Jenna Barnes.

Just hours earlier Fleur, who has launched a successful pop career after she was runner-up on last year’s television talent show X Factor, was having the finishing touches put to the gown by talented Jenna.

Jenna said: “It took two days to make the dress and I worked through the night on it stitching on all the diamante applique and crystal embellishments around the cuffs, collar and body.

“It was a very intricate project but well worth all the effort because it looked fabulous on Fleur and really made a massive impact on the night.’’

To add to the impact of the look, Fleur dyed her trademark blonde locks a vibrant red which made her stand out even more at the event which is screened live and honours the top bands and singers in the British music industry.

Mum-of-three Jenna was asked to design the dress by an ex representative of the top lingerie company La Perla who were advising Fleur on up and coming UK designers. Jenna owns her own bespoke online lingerie brand @RaineandBea which has already been worn by a series of celerities including Victoria Beckham, Alesha Dixon and Will Young.

Jenna worked on the design with Fleur’s boyfriend Marcel Robin who is also a stylist and designer.

Jenna said: “He had a very definite idea of what he wanted and I was able to advise him on what would and would not work. They both wanted something that was completely different from Fleur’s usual funky look so we had to come up with something eye-catching and classy.’’

Jenna worked with her colleague and friend Janet Stanway, who is an expert patterm maker, on the creation which used swathes of sheer fabric. and she had to take it down to London twice for fittings with Fleur. The second time was on the day of the show when Jenna had to make last-minute adjustments to the gown just one hour before Fleur was due to leave.

Jenna, who lives with her music teacher husband Chris and their three children, Lili Raine (11) Nancy Bea three and six-year-old George, said: “No-one sees all the hard work and effort which was so worth it because Fleur loved the dress.’’ She loved it so much that Jenna has been asked to design a stage costume for Fleur.