Fashionistas raid rails to snap up 'pre-loved' designer frocks
HUNDREDS of fashion-conscious bargain-hunters queued outside the RDS to get their hands on thousands of "pre-loved" frocks that were donated to raise vital funds for the Down Syndrome Centre.
Maria Englishby (53), from Navan, Co Meath was among 200 women who patiently waited outside the Serpentine hall yesterday in order to be the first to get their hands on some 7,000 dresses – including expensive designer frocks – that were selling for between €5 and €100 as part of the 'Buy My Dress 2014' campaign.
Dressed in a stunning pink and lime green ensemble that was gleaned entirely from her local CASA charity shop in Navan, Ms Englishby said she is "a very big fan of all charity shops and events" and was happy to support the cause.
Among the thousands of dresses for sale was a crepe Valentino 'LBD' with fake fur cuffs donated by socialite Caroline Downey and going for a bargain basement €80.
Anyone with €50 to spare and svelte enough to squeeze into it could also take home a stunning asymmetrical red satin cocktail number donated by charity patron and rockabilly star Imelda May.
Also on offer was a Boden golf green shift dress donated by writer Marian Keyes and going for a mere €30.
The event, in its sixth year, also featured an 'Alice in Wonderland'-themed fashion show with three teenagers with Down Syndrome strutting the catwalk.
All proceeds will go directly towards funding Ireland's first national centre dedicated to people with Down Syndrome and their families.