Mary Portas has allowed the cameras to follow her attempt to design a fashion range for over 40s that will be stocked in House of Fraser, for a Channel 4 series.

The observational documentary series, titled Mary Queen of Frocks, is being produced by Optomen. A production team has been following Portas since her 50th birthday, when she began looking into the idea.

Portas spoke to a number of high street retailers including Marks & Spencer and John Lewis about the venture, but eventually settled on House of Fraser. The fashion and retail expert set out to create her own fashion line after feeling that over 40s become invisible in fashion retailing.

The clothing range, called Mary, was unveiled as an in-store shop in Houser of Fraser earlier this month.

The three-part series, currently being edited, is due to be broadcast in the autumn. Executive producer is Becky Clarke and series producer is Hannah Wesson.

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Portas is also making another series for C4 called Mary’s Sweatshop being made by Endemol’s Remarkable. The series will see Portas championing British manufacturing and encouraging consumers to buy clothing made domestically.