Wednesday 26 November 2014

Meet the Kilkenny schoolgirl who designed her own debs dress

Published 03/09/2013 | 14:36

Grace teamed the Grecian-style dress with an off-white satin clutch, gold braid-detailed shoes and a gold arm-cuff. Photo: Pat Moore
Grace OMahony, a model with 1st Option, heads off to her Debs balls in a beautiful gown she made herself. Entries for this years Kilkenny Fashion Week Student Scholarship are now open. Visit www.kilkennyfashionweek.com. Photo: Pat Moore.
Grace OMahony, a model with 1st Option, heads off to her Debs balls in a beautiful gown she made herself. Entries for this years Kilkenny Fashion Week Student Scholarship are now open. Visit www.kilkennyfashionweek.com. Photo: Pat Moore.

Kilkenny model Grace O’Mahony wowed at her debs this year in a stunning white, floor-length gown fit for the red carpet.

Grace teamed the Grecian-style dress with an off-white satin clutch, gold braid-detailed shoes and a gold arm-cuff.

The twist? The Kilkenny student designed and created the dress herself this summer.

Grace, a model with 1st Option, sat her Leaving Cert at Loreto Kilkenny in June and made her debs gown during her summer scholarship at the Grafton Academy of Dress Designing in Dublin.

She won the scholarship at last year's Kilkenny Fashion Week for her creation of a 1930s-gown using an old dress and a black bed sheet. She received a four-week scholarship to the Grafton Academy which she completed two weeks ago.

Grace designed and made the white Grecian-style gown with a combination of pattern cutting and elaborate draping techniques during her scholarship to wear to her debs ball with her boyfriend of one year Sam Johnston.

The model is set for a career as a fashion designer and will combine her modelling career with an undergraduate course in fashion design this September.

"The Kilkenny Fashion Week Student Scholarship was an amazing opportunity and confirmed for me that fashion design is exactly what I want to do,” Grace said.

“I learned so much from the tutors and the icing on the cake was being able to make my own debs dress. This experience has given me a wonderful head start for when I start studying fashion design in college later this month”.

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