What a week I’ve had, I never thought when I stepped onto the ramp at age fifteen in the old Cannock’s Department Store that I would have made it this far and be honoured here in my home city to showcase my collection of style at Celia Holman Lee – Style Icon in the Hunt Museum.
I’m so proud that nearly 95% of the collection was designed and created by designers who work and live in Limerick. It was only when started putting the collection together that I realised how many of the designers are local.
Gathering together the clothes, newspaper cuttings and photos for the exhibition has been a wonderful experience for me. Looking back has brought up so many great memories and makes me realise how fortunate I have been. My late mother would have been so proud and delighted when Hugh Maguire, director of the Hunt Museum, mentioned in his speech that hoarders are collectors and I am certainly guilty of the latter. I have my mother to thank for that and if it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t have the photographic collection to showcase, which she kept and cherished so dearly. I want to personally thank John McNamara who encouraged and mentored me throughout this process. Thanks to Richard Lynch of I Love Limerick, his Trojan work can be seen on my Facebook and Twitter pages.
Also thanks to Naomi O’Nolan, Head of Care of Collections and Exhibitions at the Hunt Museum, and the rest of the great staff for all of their hard work. Finally thanks to the Limerick Leader who’s coverage of the exhibition has made me so proud. Last but not least, thanks to my family, fantastic grandchildren, friends and a huge thanks to Mary Kennedy of RTE.
Chat you all next week.