Monday 11 December 2017

Cork model Clara McSweeney leads the pack at New York Bridal Fashion Week

The Irish model took centre stage at New York Bridal Fashion Week this weekend

Models walk the runway at the Jenny Packham show during New York Fashion Week: Bridal on April 21, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Albert Urso/Getty Images)
Models walk the runway at the Jenny Packham show during New York Fashion Week: Bridal on April 21, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Albert Urso/Getty Images)
A model walks the runway at the Jenny Packham show during New York Fashion Week: Bridal on April 21, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Albert Urso/Getty Images)
Clara McSweene walks the runway during the Naeem Khan Bridal Fall/Winter 2016 show on October 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Mary Kay)
Clara McSweeney walks the runway during the Naeem Khan Bridal Fall/Winter 2016 show on October 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Mary Kay)
Clara McSweeney walks the runway during the Naeem Khan Bridal Fall/Winter 2016 show on October 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Mary Kay)
Clara McSweeney walks the runway during the Naeem Khan Bridal Fall/Winter 2016 show on October 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Mary Kay)
Model Clara McSweeney
NO REPRO FEE.5/2/2013. Katie McFadden wears a Black MSGM trousers with side stripe 265,00, euro Floral MSGM top 380,00 while Clara McSweeney wears a red MSGM trousers 260,00,euro MSGM lace peplum top 380,00 euro and MSGM stripe jacket 405.00,euro.They are pictured at the launch of the new season collection from BT2 . Photo:Leon Farrell/ Photocall Ireland.
Teen model Clara McSweeney is the new face of Newbridge Silverware.
A model walks the runway at the Jenny Packham show during New York Fashion Week: Bridal on April 21, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Albert Urso/Getty Images)
Karen Birney

Karen Birney

A fresh-faced Irish model was the talk New York's Bridal Market this weekend as she led the fashion pack in the most stylish wedding dresses from boho brides' favourite Jenny Packham.

Clara McSweeney, from Macroom in Cork, was discovered by Irish agency Andrea Roche during a "modelling bootcamp" event and at just 15 years old moved to the Big Apple to try her hand in one of the world's most notoriously tough industries.

The striking redhead was signed by IMG models, the US agency representing Gigi Hadid and Gisele, in 2015 and made an impact on the fashion world almost immediately.

Making her debut at Bridal Fashion Week that same year, the versatile beauty walked the runway for designer Naeem Khan, the designer recognised by most for Kate Middleton's blue and white 'Taj Mahal' dress and some of the more colourful dresses from the wardrobe of former First Lady Michelle Obama.

A model walks the runway at the Jenny Packham show during New York Fashion Week: Bridal on April 21, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Albert Urso/Getty Images)
A model walks the runway at the Jenny Packham show during New York Fashion Week: Bridal on April 21, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Albert Urso/Getty Images)

Clara is a former 'face of' Irish jewellery designer Newbridge Silverware, and cut her teeth in campaigns for Littlewoods Ireland and boohoo.com. She is currently signed by Next Management in New York, who count British actress and model Suki Waterhouse among many other fresh faces in fashion on their books.

A model walks the runway at the Jenny Packham show during New York Fashion Week: Bridal on April 21, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Albert Urso/Getty Images)
A model walks the runway at the Jenny Packham show during New York Fashion Week: Bridal on April 21, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Albert Urso/Getty Images)
Model Clara McSweeney at the Littlewoods Ireland Autumn Winter 2013 showcase
Model Clara McSweeney at the Littlewoods Ireland Autumn Winter 2013 showcase

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