Friday 20 April 2018

Ex-model and great granny put their faith in same coat

Bairbre Power

Bairbre Power

A FORMER Miss Ireland stepped out in her mum's 'mother-of-the-groom' coat yesterday -- and walked away with the coveted Best Dressed prize at the RDS.

Yvonne Ellard (32), from Tipperary, wore the Maria Coca silver grey coat that her mother wore to her son's wedding last winter.

And the glamorous hand-me-down helped Yvonne clinch the Blossom Hill prize of a €10,000 holiday in the Californian wine country.

On the sidelines, 73-year-old great-grandmother, Moyra O'Toole from Waterford city, wore the exact same coat as Yvonne -- bought for her granddaughter Dawn's wedding last March.

But while Moyra walked away empty-handed, she had a special wedding story to celebrate at the RDS yesterday.

The grandmother of 12 was accompanied to the Dublin Horse Show by her 19-year-old granddaughter Nicole O'Reilly, from Cork, who was wearing her grandmother's stunning cream satin wedding dress.

"It is my wedding anniversary on Sunday, and Nicole decided to wear the dress when she found it in my wardrobe," Moyra said. She married her late husband Sean in Waterford Cathedral 50 years ago.

The vintage-style, full-skirted dress in clotted cream satin with bow detail at the waist was bought in Arnotts.

Nicole's love of her grandmother's 'Mad Men'-style dress, coupled with the decision of the judges -- actress Amy Huberman and designer Synan O'Mahony -- in favour of Yvonne Ellard's outfit was double-proof that Moyra has a great eye for fashion.

"When I was walking around the RDS yesterday, I said 'there is my coat with a black belt on it'. Afterwards, people were coming up to me and asking to have their photograph taken with me.

"I never got so many compliments and I was told I looked very elegant. It was a lovely day out," she added.


Yvonne, who is newly single, accessorised her outfit with gunmetal grey satin shoes from Penneys and added a new silver flower to an existing hat.

The day was full of irony for serial Best Dressed winner Eva Hayes-Morrissey from Limerick.

For yesterday it was her graphic designer husband Paul Morrissey who won the Arnotts-sponsored Best Dressed Man award and a €500 shopping voucher.

Eva had entered wearing the same Karen Millen frilled satin dress and Nessa Cronin hat she won with at the Tipperary Crystal/Louise Kennedy day at the Curragh in May.

But she could only smile yesterday as she was beaten to victory by the hubbie.

"Paul is always supporting me when I enter Best Dressed competitions so it was lovely to see him win," the geography teacher said.

Irish Independent

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