THE Rose of Tralee fashion show has become the biggest fashion event in Ireland, if not Europe, due to the sheer size of the catwalk, the production, the amount of models along with the huge number of participating boutiques, stores and designers.
The main attraction this year were the Irish designers which included Natalie King and Marion Murphy Cooney from Limerick. It also featured all the top boutiques and stores from the Munster region. Representing Limerick city and doing us proud were Be Fabulous and The Ivory closet and from Adare we had Isobel Boutique and Aisling Maher along with Amore Mio from Killaloe.
An added dimension to this year’s event was a collection entitled Celia Holman Lee Style Icon showcasing some of my own collection from the Hunt Museum. As two of my favourite dresses from the late John McNamara paraded down the ramp, I joined the models on the ramp in a Caroline Mitchell twinset and wrap, and a Peter O’ Brien vintage skirt.
There was huge applause from the audience which brought tears to my eyes - they hadn’t forgotten John who had been part of the Rose Show for years.
There were nearly 2,000 people in the dome that night,so we can all be very proud here in Limerick as all models and production crew were from Limerick. I want to thank Richard Lynch and the I Love Limerick crew for the huge publicity they gave the fashion show.