Monday 23 September 2019

Heavenly Gifts

 

Kelly wears: 'Angel Zadkiel' wool/silk/cashmere hand dyed with an ombré finish,wrap with embroidered feather and beaded glass crystal detail, with embroidered feather and beaded glass-crystal detail, €215, 7th Heaven. Bamboo Top (not in shot), €60, Lucy Nagle.Tulle Skirt, €150, Laura Chambers
Kelly wears: 'Angel Zadkiel' wool/silk/cashmere hand dyed with an ombré finish,wrap with embroidered feather and beaded glass crystal detail, with embroidered feather and beaded glass-crystal detail, €215, 7th Heaven. Bamboo Top (not in shot), €60, Lucy Nagle.Tulle Skirt, €150, Laura Chambers
Emma wears: 'Angel Uriel' viscose/woolwrapwith crystal wings with crystal-beaded wings, €110; turquoise beadedturquoise beaded bracelet, €28; turquoise beaded bracelet, €35; 22-carat gold-plated sterling-silver bangle with freshwater pearl detail, €125; 'Angel Michael' bracelet, €30; 'Angel Gabriel' freshwater pearl bracelet, €35, all 7th Heaven. Bamboo V-neck top (not in shot), €60, Lucy Nagle. Jeans, €74.95, Rant & Rave. Sunglasses, €40, TC by Tipperary Crystal

Suspension of disbelief is something we use in order to enjoy something, such as a TV drama, a novel, or a video game. It is at the heart of fantasy. And faith.

I am going to actively call on your suspension of disbelief today. If you are a reader who dislikes faith, spirituality, New Age (or old age) beliefs, you may find it challenging to read on. This fashion page is dedicated to people who worship at a different shrine than fashion for fashion's sake.

Tahnee Morgan, co-creator of new accessories label 7th Heaven, is a milliner by trade. Since childhood, she has always felt the presence of Other. She spent her life denying and keeping quiet about it, until she had a near-death experience.

She realised she couldn't keep lying - to herself, more than anyone.

"You have to work up the courage to grow up and go and do what you want. Go out there and just do it," Tahnee explains. "I worried about my husband and children. I had to think, 'Is this the right thing to do?' But I had to say what was going on; I couldn't keep hiding like this."

What was going on was that all her life, Tahnee was conversing with angels. After her near-death experience, the angels told her she was to create a range of garments with their healing energies in them. With their permission, Tahnee began researching making wraps and jewellery.

"So all this support came in. Helen [McAlinden] wouldn't be spiritual the way I am, but gosh she came forward and helped me, advising me about fabric weights and drape. [Stylist] Cathy [O'Connor] just kept pushing me to get things out there and [fashion guru] Ian Galvin would talk to me about 'coming out' of the angel closet!" Tahnee says.

7th Heaven was 'born' in November 2017. It consists of hand-dyed wraps in seven colours of the seven Archangels. Some wraps have crystal wings, others, embroidered ones. There are corresponding Archangel-coloured, hand-dyed, beaded bracelets and gold-plated sterling-silver turquoise rings. Fabric and dyeing is done in India, and Tahnee knows the people who dye the cloth. The silver jewellery is made here. All are attributed different qualities of support from the angelic realm.

"All the words have come through me from them to you," says Tahnee.

If you are looking for similar gifts, but not necessarily clothing, I recommend Abby Wynne's Healing Diary 2019 from Eason, and her website, abby-wynne.com; also Aidan Storey's autobiography, Angels of Divine Light, published by Transworld Ireland. It's all pure love.

Photography by Naomi Gaffey and Nathalie Marquez Courtney

Styling by Cathy O'Connor and Jo Linehan

Fashion edited by Constance Harris

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