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Newry designer creates show stopping ‘BAFTA dress’

February 22, 2016

A local fashion designer is on cloud nine after a stunning dress she designed was showcased to an international audience at the recent BAFTA awards.  Cloughoge native, Shauna Fay was thrilled to be asked to design a dress for aspiring Castlewellan actress Eileen O’Higgins, who had a starring role in the hit movie Brooklyn.  Eileen, whose plus-one at the prestigious awards ceremony was real life best friend and Brooklyn star, Saoirse Ronan, needed a “wow” dress in a hurry for the red carpet event and turned to the locally renowned fashion designer for help.

The very talented Shauna – who is no stranger to making “wow” dresses for all kinds of special occasions – got to work immediately and, during a personal consultation with the actress, suggested a full length version of a red fan-neck dress Eileen admired in her Belfast based studio.  The dramatic gown with it’s unusual fan detail neckline was a resounding hit with the actress who was flabbergasted that Shauna was creating the bespoke dress from scratch.

Determined to make Eileen the red carpet dress of her dreams, Shauna worked day and night on her creation and after a pre-BAFTA fitting just two days before the big event, both actress and designer were delighted with the finished gown.

With live coverage of the BAFTA’s starting earlier than the televised event, Shauna was inundated with Snapchat photos from Eileen’s sister of the actress in the dress and when she finally got to see the dress being worn on the big screen for herself, Shauna was overwhelmed by how beautiful it looked and thrilled that Eileen and her gown received so much screen time.

The highlight of the evening for both Shauna and Eileen came when Brooklyn won Outstanding British Film.  As all of the cast went onstage to collect the award, the world got to see Eileen on stage at the BAFTA’s in her stunning red dress – a huge coup for the local designer!

Shauna has big plans for the “BAFTA dress” as it will now take pride of place in the window of her studio in Spires Mall in Belfast where she will regale customers of how it was worn for the world to see at the 2016 BAFTAs!

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