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Ambassador brings Irish style to the US

THIS Irish designer has dressed Oscar nominees and now has been picked up by a Washington political heavyweight.

Ireland's first female ambassador to the US, Anne Anderson, selected to wear a custom-made design by Laura-Jayne Halton (29) during St Patrick's Day festivities.

The bespoke olive green dress was designed by Laura based on measurements and sketches – but the two never met.

Ms Anderson wore the outfit as she spent the day escorting Taoiseach Enda Kenny to high profile meetings, which saw her socialising with America's political leaders – including a White House event with President Obama.

And the dress was featured in the Washington Post Style section who commented on the style. Laura-Jayne, from Maynooth, Co Kildare, said she was "delighted" that Ms Anderson opted for the look.

"She's Ireland's first woman Ambassador and President Obama referenced that in his speech. It was such an honour to dress her."

The designer said that the creation was touch and go after the ambassador only made contact a matter of weeks ago.


"She basically wanted a daywear piece which was suitable for meetings but also to extend into evening events. So we went with an olive green woollen cashmere design.

"She sent me her measurements and we worked off sketches," she explained.

The designer's star is on the rise ever since Irish Oscar hopeful Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly wore her dress to the Academy Awards.