HAUTE couture designer Peter O'Brien is among some of Ireland's leading fashion gurus who are lending their talents to support a young girl's dream to host her own fashion show -- in the name of charity.
The former couturier for Dior, Givenchy and Chloe will join other fashion icons -- including John Rocha, Louise Kennedy and Deborah Veale -- who have created couture pieces based on the fashion sketches by 11-year-old Mia Keaveney.
The 5th class student, who was adopted as a baby from her native Hunan province in China by Irish parents, suffered severe burns in an accident when she was an infant.
She has spent much of her life undergoing surgery and other treatment at Crumlin's Children's Hospital.
Now Mia, who is an aspiring fashion designer, wants to thank the hospital for the excellent care it has given her over the past decade with her own "Thank You Crumlin, Love Mia" fundraising campaign for the refurbishment of the hospital's orthopaedic unit.
"One day I gave some of my designs to my friend Bernie and she loved them so much that she felt they should be seen by one of the best designers in the world -- John Rocha. After he saw my drawings, he invited me to come and meet him, I couldn't believe it. It was a great experience and he gave me great encouragement and inspiration," she said in a blog on the campaign's website.
Mr O'Brien said he was delighted to lend his support, although he wasn't able to design a piece for the show. But he said he was impressed with what he has seen of her sketches.
"I saw two of the drawings and they're really sweet," he told the Irish Independent. "The designs are quite accomplished for an 11-year-old. They remind me of myself at that age and she certainly has the makings of a designer."
The fashion show will feature 10 top designers, each showcasing two of Mia's designs under her own label for the evening -- 'Miamoo'.
It is being held on Friday, May 25 at the Dublin Convention Centre.