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Amy picks best of Irish design for Royal Wedding ... but it's top secret until the big day!

Amy Huberman is planning to wear a creation by Irish designer Louise Kennedy to the royal wedding on Friday, the Herald can reveal.

The actress wife of Irish rugby star Brian O'Driscoll has chosen to showcase the best in Irish design at Kate and William's big day.

And the Herald can also reveal that Amy will wear a hat by upcoming Bray milliner Sarah McGahon to the event.

Prince William and Kate Middleton's nuptials have been billed as the 'wedding of the century', with 1,900 handpicked guests flocking to Westminster Abbey to catch a glimpse of the wedding firsthand.

Louise Kennedy is famous for her classic lines, which have made her one of the premier 'go-to' designers among Ireland's elite.

And while eager style watchers are being kept in the dark about what exact dress she has chosen, one thing is for certain: she won't be wearing white, as part of the strict dress code being enforced.

Although Amy opted for a reputable couturier for the occasion, the style queen is relying on a little known milliner to provide her headwear on the day.

Sarah McGahon has a devout following of fashionistas for her haute couture items, and after a lengthy process, Amy decided to showcase some up and coming talent.

Sarah has made a name for herself among Ireland's style elite, featuring on Off the Rails and various different shoots, and her designs are incredibly eye-catching.

With the cream of European monarchy in attendance, Amy will be competing against some of the wealthiest women in the world in the style stakes, and the fact that she is promoting Irish abroad is seen as a major victory for the homegrown fashion world.

Spokeswoman for the actress, Joanne Byrne was remaining tight-lipped when asked about the outfit, saying: "I don't know. She hasn't confirmed anything yet. She is still deciding."

She and Brian were invited to the plush wedding. However, her other half is unable to attend as he will be preparing for Leinster's Heineken Cup semi-final clash the next day.

And the former Clinic actress is playing the role of the dedicated wife and won't be going to Buckingham Palace for the reception, and will instead fly home to ensure she will be able to cheer on her man at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday when Leinster take on Toulouse.

Other Irish designers who will showcase their talents at the event include milliner Philip Treacy and Paul Costelloe

Irish fashion designer Paul Costelloe has confirmed he has designed something which will be worn at the wedding .



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However, he refused to be drawn on the details of what the item is, or who will be wearing it.

Costelloe designed a number of outfits for Prince William's mother, Princess Diana.

And he said he believed Kate's mystery dress would be "very simple, long-sleeved, feminine, understated" to fit in with her image.

Meanwhile, Kate commissioned hat-maker Treacy to create headgear for the Royal Wedding party.

The royal bride is a big fan of Treacy and wore a broad-brimmed hat of his to Prince William's passing-out parade at Sandhurst in 2006.

Kate recently met Treacy after the Duchess of Cornwall recommended his designs for the senior members of the wedding party, including mother-of-the-bride Carole.

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