Designer to create bespoke frock for ‘special’ Séanín

October 24, 2016

Belleek girl Séanín Smith has received a wonderful boost to her recovery from a series of life saving surgeries, with the news that renowned fashion designer Shauna Fay will be creating a bespoke dress  especially for her.

The south Armagh designer, who has been carving a huge name for herself on the international fashion scene, recently launched a competition on her Facebook page offering one lucky winner the chance to win one of her gorgeous creations, which have become the top choice for style-savvy women throughout Ireland.

The thirty-three year old bridal and occasion wear designer, who is from Cloughogue, is the go-to designer for fashionistas of all ages throughout the country and her high end luxury fashion is regularly showcased at weddings, race days and social events.

Shauna has been running her atelier in Belfast’s Spires shopping mall for the last two years and to celebrate the milestone and to show her appreciation for all her loyal customers, she decided to run the one-off competition to give away a bespoke dress.  The competition was extra special as the local designer is so busy bringing out her own ranges, that she no longer makes bespoke orders. Entrants simply had to like, share and comment on her competition post explaining why they would like to win the very special dress or why they thought someone else deserved to win it.

Predictably, the once in a lifetime giveaway received an overwhelming response and, according to Shauna, “a very special girl’s name kept coming up.”

That girl was Séanín Smith, the inspirational twenty four year old who’s battle against the debilitating effects of the rare, progressive condition, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) has captured the hearts of people everywhere.  Having recently returned from America where she underwent vital Craniospinal and Tethered Cord Release surgeries, Séanín has been continuing her difficult recovery at home in Belleek.  With a huge number of her followers and supporters naming Séanín as someone they would like to see win the competition, designer Shauna announced last week that she would be delighted to create a bespoke gown for the brave local girl.

“I’m sure a lot of you like me have been following The Fight On Campaign For Séanín,” said Shauna announcing the news on Facebook,

“…well it turns out she not only follows me but loves my dresses too! So I’ve decided we are going to have to make this amazingly strong girl a fabulous dress too!”

The local dress designer has been commended for her wonderfully kind gesture – especially as she also picked a second winner to receive one of her bespoke creations.  Séanín took to Facebook to express her thanks to the generous designer and said she was “still in shock” that she had been chosen.

“I’m so overwhelmed that people thought I should win this amazing prize! I’m so honoured that you have picked me and I can’t wait to start designing with you when I’m feeling better. You are so generous and are an amazing designer. You have made my year!!!” said an excited Séanín, who added that she hopes to be well enough to attend some social events next summer.

“I will definitely be going out in style! Words really cannot express how happy and thankful I am.”