Model Sophie Grieve proves that she’s shipshape when it comes to promoting the UK’s biggest free event of 2018.

More than 1.5 million people are expected in Sunderland for the Tall Ships Races, with a four day programme of events and entertainment running from 11 – 14 July.

To mark the countdown to the festival, organisers commissioned designer Kathryn Russell to create a unique Tall Ships dress, complete with its very own ship’s hat, set on a sea of “waves.”

The hand stitched bodice has been worked to resemble ships’ rigging, with a gold thread galleon stitched under the net skirt, while the jacket has a hand embroidered ships wheel on the back.

Find out more at www.tallshipssunderland.com

(Hair by Neville Ramsey, make- up by Vikky Johnston)