Every year the BBC’s costume department presents a spectacle that leaves viewers in awe. If audiences aren’t gasping in amazement then I haven’t done my job right.’ There’s no danger of that.
The girls enjoy visiting their mum’s studio, stuffed as it is with spangles and treasure.
But it’s not just for little girls: my eye is drawn to myriad boxes of sequins and colour charts of gems in shades of dark orchid, ripe peach and peridot.
The most glamorous show on television is back on our screens and promises to be bigger and more dazzling than ever.
Yet somehow with each new series the previous year’s ritzy frocks are topped. Vicky – a modest, softly spoken 44-year-old with the sing-song accent of her home turf, the former colliery town of Stanley in County Durham – was born for this role.
‘But when we have a challenge it does keep the blood pumping.
Only professional dancer Aljaz Skorjanec could rock a mummy costume as he did, and his partner, actress Helen George, looked fantastic in her white catsuit for their samba in 2015.’Interestingly – and reassuringly – Vicky prefers the challenges of dressing fuller figures.
‘My task is to reassure them that we will work as a team and to get them to trust me to design dresses that will not only look fabulous but provide all the support and the right amount of give during the dance.
The celebrities tend to focus on a static image, but the dress needs to deliver when put through its paces.’Vicky likes to have three or four dresses made for each contestant by the time the series begins, ‘even though I won’t know the concept for each week until the producers tell me.
Indeed, when we meet at Vicky’s workshop in Surrey, one of Kylie’s barely there costumes – a tiny, shimmering, smoky grey corset – is gracing a mannequin.
‘Kylie tends to wear this one for private gigs when she’s performing for mega-wealthy clients,’ says Vicky.
‘I am on the lookout all the time for colour combinations, shapes, trends.