Thursday 8 December 2016

Irish designer creates show-stopping Golden Globes gown in just one week

Published 12/01/2016 | 06:42

Jennifer Clerkin wears Eamonn McGill's creation (inset: Eamonn's sketch)
Jennifer Clerkin wears Eamonn McGill's creation (inset: Eamonn's sketch)

In just over seven days, young Irish designer Eamonn McGill managed to craft a dress fit for the world stage at the Golden Globes.

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The 24-year-old Louth couturier has been routinely tipped as one to watch.

After a stint in New York interning for major labels Marchesa and Diesel Black Gold, Eamonn recently returned home and is starting 2016 off with a notable career highlight.

"On New Year's Day I woke up to a very early email from a lady named Jennifer Clerkin. Jennifer's father is Jim Clerkin, the president and CEO of luxury conglomerate LVMH [Louis Vuitton, Moet Hennesy]," Eamonn explained to Independent.ie.

Jennifer Clerkin wore Eamonn McGill's creation on the red carpet
Jennifer Clerkin wore Eamonn McGill's creation on the red carpet

Jennifer, a Co Down native, contacted Eamonn as she was already familiar with his work. The National College of Art and Design graduate has already dressed Irish starlets such as Amanda Byram, Nadia Forde and Holly Carpenter.

"Jennifer was so complimentary of my work, and really wanted to wear an Irish designer to the awards. I did not know if it was real or a dream," Eamonn laughs.

Eamonn McGill had the brief; 'classic, old Hollywood with a modern edge'
Eamonn McGill had the brief; 'classic, old Hollywood with a modern edge'

"I fell back asleep and when I woke I rang a friend and said, 'I had a dream I was dressing someone for the Golden Globes.' I still find it hard to believe that it's real."

Eamonn and Jennifer collaborated on the dress which she wore to the inaugural awards night of the year, surrounded by the industry's brightest stars.

Design involved a train with over 800 black silk organza petals mixed with lace and tulle which all had to be hand sewn onto the skirt
Design involved a train with over 800 black silk organza petals mixed with lace and tulle which all had to be hand sewn onto the skirt

"We chatted about styles and precious dresses I had made for past events such as The IFTA's and The VIP Style Awards. Jennifer wanted something classic, old Hollywood with a modern edge."

"I sketched up a design and once that was approved I started making the dress. With just one week's notice I was worried but knew I manage to get the job done by moving some of my commissions around.

Jennifer Clerkin wore Eamonn McGill's creation on the red carpet
Jennifer Clerkin wore Eamonn McGill's creation on the red carpet

"The design involved a train with over 800 black silk organza petals mixed with lace and tulle which all had to be hand sewn onto the skirt."

Eamonn and his intern Richie spent a whirlwind few days essentially locked into his studio in order to pull off the assignment in time for deadline.

Jennifer Clerkin wore Eamonn McGill's creation on the red carpet
Jennifer Clerkin wore Eamonn McGill's creation on the red carpet

"It's quite exciting," Eamonn mused. "I always imagined one of my dresses floating down the red carpet at the Golden Globes, being worn by a beautiful lady sharing a table with movie stars and Vogue editors."

The talented youth said he is over the moon and delighted that people are supporting young Irish designers and couturiers.

"I'm genuinely over the moon and so happy that people are starting to support young designers."

Eamonn also dressed Miss Universe Ireland Joanna Cooper for her turn on the stage at the recent Las Vegas pageant.

"I'm always interested in learning more and honing my craft and I'll continue to focus on creating beautiful gowns and very soon move into bridal. I'm very excited for 2016," he concludes.

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