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Ben de Lisi returns to design Coral’s Royal Ascot Dress

Britain’s leading bookmakers Coral have confirmed that Ben de Lisi has once again lent his design talents for this year’s Royal Ascot dress.

The event, which takes place between Tuesday 16 and Saturday 20 June, will see more than 350,000 race goers flocking to Berkshire. Throughout their 300-year history, the race days have now become a staple of the British fashion calendar and are known for their strict dress code standards.

In homage to this great British fashion event, designer Ben de Lisi, best known for his contributions to the Debenham’s fashion ranges, has teamed up with Coral to create a dress inspired by jockeys’ silks.

The dress took 40 hours to complete and is said to feature colour blocking based on the riding gear, which will be complemented by a silk neck tie.

De Lisi said of his work: “With all its glamour, there’s nothing quite like Royal Ascot and I’m delighted to have partnered with Coral again to create this jockey-inspired dress. To create my design, I focused on the gorgeous colour blocking associated with jockeys’ silks and added the silk necktie as an additional tribute to racing fashion.”

This is not the first time that New York-born de Lisi has worked with Coral. In 2014, his betting slip-inspired creation, as modelled by Strictly Come Dancing star Kristina Rihanoff, turned heads at the Royal Ascot event.

Rihanoff later caused a stir when she was asked to change after it emerged that the dress contravened the event’s recently-revised dress codes. In 2012, new rules for womenswear were imposed, which included a ban on spaghetti straps as well as fascinators.


Last year’s creation modelled by Kristina Rihanoff

The 2015 creation will be modelled by a “household name” on Wednesday 17 June. Following the meeting, the dress and its original designs will be auctioned off to raise money for the Injured Jockeys Fund, a charity which provides care and financial support to jockeys and their families following injury.

Coral’s Nicola McGeady said: “Our jockeys’ silk-inspired dress combines the best bits of a day out at Royal Ascot – fabulous fashion and legendary racing. We’re delighted to be working with Ben de Lisi again and while there may be competition in the style stakes, with his unique creation the odds are in our favour for the most stylish dress at Ascot!”