Thalia Heffernan reveals boyfriend Ryan designed her completely sheer red carpet dress
Model Thalia waltzed away with a fashion accolade at the weekend for her see-through dress at the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards.
But the model revealed that her head-turning look was all thanks to her Dancing With The Stars boyfriend Ryan McShane, who helped design her unique ensemble.
Thalia (22) picked up the award for Best Look of the Night, as voted for by the 250 well-heeled attendees at the event in the Marker Hotel.
"The dress was hand-made for me by James Moorecraft in Birmingham - he's one of Ryan's best friends," she said. "I feel so glamorous in it.
"There's about 20,000 rhinestones on it, all hand-glued. It's incredible to wear it.
"It's not like me at all. Usually, I'm in my tracksuit bottoms. So I feel special.
"It's actually incredibly comfortable, because the fabric is stretchy."
Moorecraft designs mostly dance gear for professionals, and Thalia said that her multi-talented other half helped come up with the concept for her black mesh outfit.
"He's a dancer by nature. He's got this in his blood," she said. "He pretty much made this dress for me. It's pretty amazing."
McShane (31), who is the British Latin champion, matched her ensemble with an all-black suit and accompanied her down the red carpet as he made his debut at the event.
The loved-up pair, who met while filming the RTE show, will jet off this week for a holiday in Tuscany as their romance continues apace.
She said they were happy to take advantage of the fact that they had nothing in their busy schedules to head for a romantic trip together.
The model said they were manoeuvring the long-distance relationship very nicely.
"He's full-time in England, but it's fine," she said.
"We go back and forth a lot. We make it work.
"It's never going to be easy, but once you have a happy relationship, you can do whatever you want, so we're getting on with it."
Speaking about the annual Style Awards, she described it as "such a fun event" that always had a great vibe.
"Everyone always looks amazing. You rock up and the style is impeccable," she said.