Middlesex University fashion graduate's design worn by music star Rihanna

Zainab Vandu-Chikolo (right) with a model wearing her winning design

Zainab Vandu-Chikolo (right) with a model wearing her winning design

First published in News Times Series: Photograph of the Author by

A fashion graduate has been crowned winner of a television series competition which saw her tailor-made outfit worn by music star Rihanna.

Middlesex University graduate Zainab Vandu-Chikolo, 23, beat off competition from 12 other designers in the programme, Styled to Rock.

In each episode the designers were briefed by a celebrity on their style. They then had three days to design and create a bespoke and innovative outfit for the star to wear to a high profile event which included live performances, photo shoots and red-carpet events. 

For the final Zainab studied Rihanna’s style, performances and stage set, before creating a black and gold peacock two-piece outfit incorporating jewellery, silk and fringing.

Rihanna chose to wear Zainab's design at a concert in front of 65,000 people in London.

Zainab said: “I was completely stunned when she came out in my outfit and I went crazy. I don’t normally cry, but burst into tears when she walked out in my piece.”

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree