ASPIRING 15-year-old fashionista Eloise Hopkins is set to be the star of a catwalk show with a leading fashion house commissioning her prom dress design to be brought to life.

Eloise Hopkins will model her own couture gown after her designs on paper were reimagined into fabric by London, York and Harrogate-based Bridal Rogue Gallery.

Thirty-eight creative young students entered a competition which challenged them to design a formal dress fit for a fashion show.

Bridal Rogue Gallery owner and in-house designer Catriona Dowse said she was impressed by the standard of all the entries, but 15-year-old Eloise's design particularly caught her eye.

Ms Dowse said: “Her drawing was beautifully presented and shows a real flair for design.

“Eloise ticked every one of the competition requirements. It was stylish and chic as well as innovative and creative.”

As an added bonus, Eloise, who has been sewing since she was five and makes many of her own clothes, designed her dress with the construction in mind.

“She gave detailed instructions as well as ideas for fabrics,” added Ms Dowse.

The talented Ripon Grammar School student and dedicated fashion follower said she was thrilled to win the competition and is looking forward to a work placement with an independent fashion house in Harrogate in May.

Eloise said: “I thought entering the competition would be a really good experience for me.

"I love making dresses and do lots of sketches and draw what comes into my head. I get inspiration from what is around me and the materials I have."

The 15-year-old said she has always received encouragement from her grandmother and has her to thank for knowing her way around a sewing machine.

The creation of Eloise's gown is now well under way and she has visited the team at Harrogate’s Bridal Rogue Gallery for fittings, resulting in a toile, or mock-up version: “It has come to life just exactly as I had imagined it. I am so excited to see it finished now and to model it,” she said.

The gown will be modelled at the Ripon Grammar School Fashion Show on April 2 at 7pm.