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Claire marries bridal elegance with a rugby ball

What an entrance a bride would make in this showstopper dress by Dublin designer Claire Garvey.

The bespoke gown was created in a collaboration with the Gibson Hotel in the Point Village to mark its upcoming wedding showcase later this month.

The dress was modelled by Yomiko Chen (28) - who is herself a bride-to-be having become engaged on New Year's Day.

Claire told the Herald that the striking dress, which is inspired by the urban setting of docklands, took a few weeks to make.


"The dress has hundreds and hundreds of pearls in it. The last three weeks there have just been pearls everywhere around the house," she said. "There are also little crystals and diamonds and feathers and fringing on it. It sounds like an awful lot but when it is put together, it works."

Claire revealed that the headpiece is actually made out of her son's rugby ball.

"He let me," she laughed.

The designer who has her own store in Cow's Lane in Temple Bar said that the bodice is a metal-boned corset.

"They are very comfortable to wear. We do a lot of them for harpists," she said.

"They are really good on your back, they keep your posture straight. You can't stoop in them."

The busy designer has made a name for herself internationally for pushing the boundaries through her use of texture, fabrics and colours.

The Gibson Hotel wedding showcase will take place on Saturday February 28 from 2pm to 5pm, and its wedding team will be on hand to talk visitors through the hotel's packages.

Nicky Logue, the hotel's general manager, said that he was sure the dress will be "quite the talking point at our wedding showcase".