Why fashion designers are fuming with Dame Helen Mirren

Mirren loves to recycle her outfits and use them multiple times but it usually leaves her in hot water with fashion's elite. Photo / Supplied
Mirren loves to recycle her outfits and use them multiple times but it usually leaves her in hot water with fashion's elite. Photo / Supplied

Dame Helen Mirren gets told off by fashion designers for wearing the same outfit more than once.

The Eye In The Sky star loves to recycle her outfits and use them multiple times but it usually leaves her in hot water with fashion's elite.

She said: "Occasionally, designers let me keep what they send me. But you can't wear them more than once as the designers don't like you to. I get told off when I wear something more than once - which I do a lot!"

Dame Helen Mirren caught at two different events in the same dress. Photos / Getty Images
Dame Helen Mirren caught at two different events in the same dress. Photos / Getty Images

The 70-year-old actress - who has been married to Taylor Hackford since 1997 - loves designing her own clothes and has revealed she would love to walk down the red carpet in one of her creations made from black plastic bags one day.

Speaking on ITV's Lorraine, she added: "I am so happy when I am sat behind a sewing machine or in the fabric department of a store. I think I inherited that from my mother.

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"Well, I definitely have been tempted to [wear one on the red carpet]. In fact, I have a dream of making a dress from black plastic bags. The fabric is just wonderful because it flows beautifully and it's so shiny and black. It's very red carpet actually."

And when it comes to working out, Helen takes a similar approach and has revealed she always puts "fabulous" clothes on before exercising.

She shared: "Buy yourself a fabulous workout outfit. Put it on and do four sit ups and take it off and get in the shower.

"My thing with exercise is start really easy, just so you only do three sit ups, you know? Then do four next week and the next week do five. Start really easy."

- Bang! Showbiz

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