Up and coming fashion designer Blandine Pothin has seen one of her creations shown off amongst celebrities and the world’s media, after it was worn by child actress Isabelle Allen at the premiere of the award winning film Les Misérables.
The final year Middlesex University fashion student received gushing praise and compliments from celebrities, including Hugh Jackman, for the bespoke dusty pink dress worn by the eleven year old who plays the young Cosette in the film adaptation.
After a chance meeting with Isabelle in London while she was looking for a special outfit for the premiere, Blandine got chatting to Isabelle’s family and informed them that she was a designer and working on her final year’s women's and children's wear collection. The next thing she knew, she was working with the Allen family to make the ‘perfect fairytale’ dress for the event.
The belted dress took two months to design and make including more than 16 hours perfecting the beading the day before the Premiere. Isabelle was so impressed with the outfit that she invited Blandine to the premiere and to walk down the red carpet with her.
Middlesex University fashion student Blandine Pothin (22) said: “Isabelle is such a delight to work with and she had clear ideas for the dress and what she wanted. Isabelle was so proud of the dress and the feedback from her family was really positive, including from her grandparents. It was great to hear how well received it was by all generations.”
Blandine is now designing and creating a collection of women's and children's wear for her final year project and will show off these designs at a catwalk show in two weeks. Similarly this collection will be themed around the light and dark side of fairy tales.
The talented children's and women's designer, originally from Reunion Island, plans to launch her own label ‘Sochacka Pothin’ with a fellow designer after graduating from Middlesex University.
“It’s all been unbelievable! When Isabelle selected my designs I didn’t tell many people as I didn’t fully believe it would happen. It was only when I saw her walk down the red carpet in it that it sunk in. It was an incredible experience and I feel honoured to have been asked,” added Pothin.
Top: Isabelle in the dress designed by Blandine Pothin