THEY are favoured by top models and celebrities and now the dazzling designs of Limerick boutique The Ivory Closet are featuring on hit television shows including gritty crime drama Love/Hate.
“Two girls got parts as extras in one of the episodes and they asked would we be interested in giving dresses for the show,” explained Sheila Cahill who runs the boutique with her sisters Aine and Niamh.
“They were short, glitzy party dresses by All Saints and they were for the party scenes,” she added.
The city-centre boutique is unique in that it offers exclusive international designer dresses and gowns at rock-bottom prices to rent or purchase.
This week alone, two designs from the boutique will feature on high rating shows on RTE and TV3.
This Thursday night, Limerick style icon, Celia Holman Lee, will wear a dress on Celebrity Come Dine with Me. The dress in question is a long Rachel Gilbert sequins design.
And last weekend, DJ and model Vogue Williams opted for a short green Sass & Bide number from the shop for her appearance on The Saturday Night Show with Brendan O’Connor.
“It was gorgeous on her,” said Sheila.
“She contacted us to see would we be interested in dressing her while she was home from Australia, for a few of her events. We were delighted,” said Sheila.
Star of the Rubberbandit’s Horse Outside video, Madeline Mulqueen, also wore a dress from The Ivory Closet recently on Katherine Lynch’s Big Fat Breakfast Show on RTE.
Located above Myles Breen’s bar on Shannon Street in the city centre, the store has become a mecca for fashion-followers from all over the country.
And for those further afield, on-line sites such as Facebook have brought the store into their living-rooms allowing ladies to choose their dresses and make bookings without having to leave their house.
The store is now a firm favourite with many so called “It” girls in Dublin who regularly make the trip to Limerick in search of a show-stopper. The Cahill sisters thrall the internet looking for pictures of dresses and when they know they have secured a dress they like, they post a picture on-line to flag when it’s arriving in store.