Press Night – The Dream Dress

Michelle Hopewell

Michelle Hopewell

Actor/Writer at Funemployment
Black British, faith filled, curvy actress with a love for food, great music, good movies, life changing literature and awkward moments.
Michelle Hopewell

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In case you didn’t know (Why not?! You should be following me on insta @michellehopewell) we have officially begun tour life for Matilda the musical and we are teching in Leicester. Tech is when we run all the technical aspects of the show, lights, automation, sound  in line with wigs, make up, costumes, scene transitions and all that dress rehearsal jazz. We tech for a month, open and then have the first of what will be many a press night for the next 18 months.

Now this is hella exciting and not just because I get to be part of one of the most incredible British musicals with an obscenely talented cast of children and adults, but also because with each press night is a chance for a new outfit and honestly a new slay!

So with that in mind I need to get strategizing, y’all! I thought I’d share seven of my favourite dress options out there at the moment.


We all know that I have my inner bougie Queen and so I can’t help thinking this Taller Than Your Average bandeau maxi dress with a slit would have my living my full life! It’s probably not practical for this weather or a children’s musical but would I not be walking the carpet like Yonces cousin!

Yes I am still obsessed with off the shoulder even though it’s winter, and so yes this Chi Chi Black Lace Bardot would easily work for me. I love where the waist falls and sometimes working a little full but shorter skirt can be just as sophisticated as anything else!

I have to say that Evans has some slim pickings when it comes to evening wear but this particular number caught my eye. The City Chic fit and flare would be perfect for a press night in a smaller venue, plus teal is my favourite colour and it’s a reasonable price for an occasion dress.

This Boohoo premium plus embroidered and sequined dress should just come with a “For Adults Only”sign because though it’s not appropriate for a press night, I’m sort of obsessed and to be honest I can see myself rocking this on a date night, but only when bae has been really nice to me.

I also like feeling like a princess as well as a badass diva, and this Maya Bardot dress might just be one of the princess dresses of my dream! Could it be any cuter?!

Anything with pockets means that I am sold and this Coast floral skater dress is everything you’d need to look cute on the red carpet.

Standing out is something that when I feel in the mood for, I can’t help but do and honestly couldn’t do anything but that in this Star is Born one shoulder 3D embellished dress. I mean this dress is ready to be the star of the party and you know what? So am I!

Now we really are just window shopping because I have no way to finance this epic party dress fiesta but I tell you that I will do my best to look cute and feel fabulous and in any case. I’ll feel so blessed to be there that I’m sure the shine will still be apparent!



Michelle Hopewell
Michelle Hopewell

Black British, faith filled, curvy actress with a love for food, great music, good movies, life changing literature and awkward moments.

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