Monday 22 July 2019

Fashion to take centre stage for charity

Mother and daughter Julie and Catherine Nolan who will be modelling at the show.
Mother and daughter Julie and Catherine Nolan who will be modelling at the show.

Cathy Lee

Fashion will be in focus as the Gorey based online clothing company Dressado holds its first ever fashion show, taking place on Thursday, July 25 at the Ashdown Park Hotel from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

All funds raised on the night will go to the Irish Cancer Society, and tickets are priced at €47.50.

'This event is all about women coming together to help out each other, and the cause is close to my heart as I lost a grandmother to cancer and I've some friends who are undergoing treatment at the moment,' said CEO of Dressado, Michelle Johnston.

Michelle is originally from Scotland but has lived in Gorey for 18 years, raising her four children here.

'The theme is 'a girl's life,' and the idea is that we will be showcasing a bit of everything from casual to show stopping red carpet. Men are of course welcome to come along but what the audience will experience through music integrating with the theme, is a woman going from a teenager to a mature lady and all the different emotions that women go through in different stages of their lives,' she said.

'I came up with the idea thinking about my own life and what I've been through as a woman. I want this show to portray everyone, and it will be interactive with the guests. You still have to wear your clothing through emotional times, whether it's the debs or marriage, and the show will explore that on stage through stories,' she said.

Michelle started her online business just under one year ago, and she finds working from home suits her as a single mother.

'I've been overwhelmed by the amount of support I have gotten so far, especially from sponsors, I can't thank them enough for coming on board,' she said.

Models from Wexford and Dublin have been selected, ranging from sizes eight to eighteen, and at the moment some more models are needed to give a mix of professionals and local people.

'We want to showcase the ordinary woman, and I'm still searching for women who wear size 14 or 18,' said Michelle.

On the evening, guests will enjoy a VIP goody bag, canapés and refreshments as well as discounts on clothing.

There will also be a DJ to entertain the crowd, as well as a rail of clothing to take or donate all for a good cause.

Tickets can be bought at online at, the hotel reception, the Flower Pot, Inner Beaty in Gorey.

Gorey Guardian