Monday 26 August 2019

Irish designer Don O'Neill 'still pinching' himself after dressing Monaco's Princess Stéphanie for son's wedding

Princess Stephanie of Monaco and Louis Ducruet attend the official presentation of Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene of Monaco twins Princess Gabriella of Monaco and Prince Jacques of Monaco at the Palace Balcony on January 7, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Villard/Niviere/PLS Pool/Getty Images)
Princess Stephanie of Monaco and Louis Ducruet attend the official presentation of Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene of Monaco twins Princess Gabriella of Monaco and Prince Jacques of Monaco at the Palace Balcony on January 7, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Villard/Niviere/PLS Pool/Getty Images)
Louis Ducreut wed his childhood sweetheart Marie Chevallier in Monaco. Picture: Rosa Clara/Instagram
Louis Ducruet and Marie Chevallier at their church ceremony in Monaco. PIC: Atelier Boisanger/Instagram

Aoife Walsh

Irish designer Don O'Neill has said he is "still pinching" himself after designing Princess Stéphanie of Monaco's dress for her son's wedding.

The Kerry native and creative director of THEIA Couture has revealed Princess Stéphanie, who is the daughter of Hollywood icon Grace Kelly, "immediately fell in love" with the primrose yellow custom gown that took a total of six weeks to make. On Saturday, the princess' eldest child Louis Ducreut wed his childhood sweetheart Marie Chevallier in a lavish ceremony at the Prince's Palace in Monaco, one day after their civil ceremony.

"I was beyond excited to be dressing Princess Stéphanie. I have always been fascinated by the stunning Grace Kelly, her fairytale wedding to Prince Rainier III and the Monegasque royal family," he told Independent.ie Style.

"When I lived in France in the early 90's Princess Stephanie de Monaco was a huge cultural pop and fashion icon. I also loved that her great-grandfather was Irish.

"I was super excited when her stylist reached out to ask us to dress H.R.H for her son's wedding. The Princess had seen the primrose yellow dress amongst a few others which were sent to her as a starting point as we discussed silhouettes to create a custom dress. We had also discussed a custom colour. The princess immediately fell in love with the primrose yellow dress which fit to perfection, and was shorted just a few inches for the wedding.

The stunning gown included intricate hand embroidery complete with "laser cut leaves and flowers, glass beads, set on trailing vines of glass beads, pearls and micro sequins."

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He added: "It was surreal to finally get to see the princess wearing the dress on the steps of Saint Nicholas Cathedral , just after the wedding, with the radiant couple surrounded by friends and family. I am still pinching myself!"

Princess Stéphanie adds to a star-studded list of celebrities O'Neill has dressed, with Meghan Markle turning heads after she stepped out in a white THEIA gown last year during the Sussexes tour of Fiji.

The bride and groom announced their engagement in February last year after Louis got down on one knee while they were holidaying in Vietnam. They first met in 2011 in a nightclub in Cannes while attending the same business college and he now works as a recruiter for the soccer team Monaco AS while Marie is an events project planner.

Louis Ducreut wed his childhood sweetheart Marie Chevallier in Monaco. Picture: Rosa Clara/Instagram
Louis Ducreut wed his childhood sweetheart Marie Chevallier in Monaco. Picture: Rosa Clara/Instagram

Guests in attendance included the groom’s father, Daniel Ducruet, uncle Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene, and his sisters Pauline Ducruet and Camille Gottlieb.

It has been a summer of royal weddings in Monaco as Stéphanie's niece Charlotte Casiraghi, the daughter of Caroline, Princess of Hanover, celebrated her wedding in two ceremonies in June.

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