I was truly honoured to showcase this extraordinary work of art ‘Grey Goose” for Irish artist and designer Rebekah Wall on Thursday at the Killarney Races and it has undoubtedly been one of the highlights of my year thus far.
I first met Rebekah when writing a recent fashion piece for the Killarney Advertiser, although I had been a fan of her beautiful work for a while. This woman is truly gifted and more importantly is incredibly humble, a quality which in my opinion, is the sign of a true artist and creative.
After featuring one of her couture collars in the article, she offered to make me a headpiece to wear to the Killarney Races which I was absolutely thrilled about. I had pointed out a few pieces on her instagram which I loved, one being Grey Goose which I remembered from Kerry Fashion Week back in March.
I had automatically assumed it was sold but Rebekah told me that she had made the piece specifically for a Fashion Show and no one had yet had the courage to wear it outside of this. Even though I thought it was one of the most beautiful things I had ever seen, I was still unsure about wearing it to the Killarney Races which is often known for its conservative style.
I adore big pieces more than most but I was afraid that my height and my very petite frame would work against me. In the end, I realised these were just my own insecurities getting in the way of what would be one of my favourite looks to date. The first time I tried on the exquisite piece in Rebekah’s studio, my head was still clouded with uncertainty, but after a few minutes spent discussing some other possibilities, I found myself making my way back over to the winged beauty. After trying it on for the second time, I knew that somehow I was meant to wear it.
“Your wings already exist, all you have to do is fly” Anon
When I was picked by Judge Lisa Cannon of Xpose for the final 10 of the best dressed, I was flattered but was taken off guard when asked if it was heavy as in reality it’s quite light, so light, at times I almost forgot about this incredible creation on top of my head. I won’t lie, getting in and out of taxis was certainly a challenge and I’m sure I looked quite ridiculous when I had to drive my head forward going through low doors, like I was going into battle. However, these are all things that I found even more endearing about the piece and also presented extra opportunities for my friend Julie and I (owner of Love-Jewels whose skirt and belt I am wearing here) to giggle about on the day.
I know it might seem strange to some but from the moment, I took the piece from Rebekah’s Studio and placed it carefully in the back seat of my car, I had an instant emotional connection to it. Initially, I thought it must have been because it was a bird, once a living and breathing creature but as the wind blew on the racecourse that day and I found myself raising my hand up to touch its soft but strong feathers, I finally realised why Grey (as I’ve fondly christened him) was so special to me.
You see, fashion isn’t just something beautiful to look at, it’s not about what’s on trend or what’s not, it’s about how it makes you feel, it’s about empowerment and what that means to you as an individual. For me, this magnificent masterpiece reminded me to be brave in my choices – when you challenge yourself, amazing things can happen.
“Until you Spread your wings, you’ll have no idea how far you can fly”Anon
More than anything, I hope seeing this inspires people to step out of their comfort zone when it comes to fashion and for artist’s and designers to keep pushing the boundaries so fashion can continue to evolve, not just at Ladies Day but other social events, year on year.
As for Rebekah, I would like to say a huge thank you. I would recommend her to anyone out there looking for something extraordinary, her star shines bright and I predict big things for this gifted lady.
Photos by http://www.kphotography.ie