Hats off to Ashleigh milliner to the Roses

Published 23/08/2014 | 00:00

A RUSH Milliner has the honour of being selected to create six unique headpieces for the Dublin Rose's week-long tour for the International Rose of Tralee Festival.

Ashleigh Myles from Linn Bain, Doctor's Lane in Rush, who started making her own bespoke hats and headpieces only two years ago, was selected as Dublin Rose Roisin Lyon's hat sponsor by the Dublin Rose Centre.

Ashleigh (43) said she is absolutely honoured and thrilled to have been selected to create Roisin's headpieces to compliment her outfits for the Festival.

Her love for fashion and design stems from her childhood watching her mother Ann, who was a seamstress, making her and her sister Tracey's outfits.

'I loved the creativity of this and I think this is where my flare for fashion stems from,' Ashleigh told the Fingal Independent.

She developed an interest in Millinery about five years ago and after completing numerous online courses to learn the craft she started to create her own headpieces, hats and fascinators.

'Two years ago I set up a Facebook page and website to show off my unique creations of headpieces and fascinators which are handmade with the highest of care and attention to detail and every piece is unique. I adore making very imaginative headpieces for clients who love the WOW factor,' she said.

The inspiration for her flower designs comes from her dad Brian, who is known in the community of Linn Bain for keeping the grounds beautiful by growing flowers. 'He is very proud of his garden,' said Ashleigh.

Ladies come to Ashleigh to have headpieces, hats and fascinators created to match their outfits for special occasions such as weddings, for mums of the bride, mums of the groom and Ladies Day events.

'I offer a custom order service on a one-to-one basis or some of my clients email me photos of their outfits and then I can advise them on what type of headpiece compliments their outfits,' she said.

The long hours Ashleigh works in her spare time on her creations does not deter her from her passion as she adores it.

'I do adore making my creations. I get great joy and satisfaction seeing my clients wearing my headpieces,' she said.

For the Dublin Rose, Ashleigh has made headpieces for six of the 26 outfits Roisin will wear during her week long tour of activities and events during the the Rose of Tralee Festival

Some of her creations will be featured on Irish TV's County Matters programme on Sky channel 191 on Thursday, August 21st.

Fingal Independent

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