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Tuesday 2 September 2014

'Who doesn't need a kimono in their life?' - Lorraine Keane goes from tv star to kimono designer

Published 17/04/2014 | 09:24

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Guests seen leaving the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2013 at The Marker Hotel and heading to the afterparty at Krystle, Dublin, Ireland - 26.04.13. Pictures: G. McDonnell / Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM *** Local Caption *** Lorraine Keane
Guests seen leaving the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2013 at The Marker Hotel and heading to the afterparty at Krystle, Dublin, Ireland - 26.04.13. Pictures: G. McDonnell / Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM *** Local Caption *** Lorraine Keane

Times are tough in old telly land with many TV starlets choosing to diversify their skills base.

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Take TV3's former golden girl Lorraine Keane, for example, who is currently honing her skills as a kimono maker.

Lorraine spotted a niche in the Irish fashion market for traditional Japanese garb several weeks ago and is now considering launching her own kimono collection.

"Who doesn't need a kimono in their life?" she asked. "They're just so easy to wear. I've done a whole collection. Quilty ones, silky ones and dressy ones."

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Since leaving her role as host of TV3's flagship entertainment programme Xpose in 2009, Keane has showed off her other talents including a stint in a musical and returning to RTE and TV3 for guest roles.

She spoke of her disappointment at being 'let down' by industry pals after she ditched showbiz to spend more time with her family.

"A few people let me down. Not in TV3, but certainly in the business," she said in December of last year.

"Where I thought I had a very close friendship with some people and then -- when I wasn't on the TV anymore -- suddenly there was no sign of them and it was very hurtful.

"I had made this completely different lifestyle for my family and I, and it was great over the summer, and then I remember coming back in the autumn when it came to getting back to do a little bit of work and some people weren't interested in being my friend, and that was very disappointing.

"But I guess what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Once you get over that actu-ally you are better off knowing. And I decided I wasn't going to waste time on them from here on out."

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