The number 7 bus stopped and a female passenger in a floor-length dress of sea green sequins and a fascinator on her head elegantly disembarked. Given the day that was in it, hardly a head turned.
adies’ Day at the Dublin Horse Show was back. However, some changes have been made as the new Very Best Dressed award is open to everyone, regardless of gender.
This inspired a dazzling and exotic display of color and style, chatter and spirit that enveloped the grounds of the RDS, just like the old days, only better.
The positive mood spread throughout the venue. Even renowned designer Don O’Neill – who designed outfits for Beyoncé and Oprah Winfrey – got involved, willingly brushing the rain off the seats for those who wanted to sit and watch the judging.
He was “blown away” by the style. The Kerry man said he was particularly impressed by the atmosphere of solidarity among the candidates.
The Ascot scene in the film my beautiful lady was the inspiration for Tiffany Fei (18) from Dalkey, Co. Dublin, who walked away with the title Very Best Dressed at her first ever Dublin Horse Show, outshining almost 400 other competitors.
She had brought along her boyfriend Joey, who also entered the competition – but it was Ms Fei who received the €10,000 prize in the form of a Very gift card.
Ms. Fei is currently awaiting her Leaving Cert results and hopes to study Economics at Trinity College. She said she wanted to put together an outfit that would make people smile.
Her painterly, full-length, rose-colored tulle gown was originally intended for her debutantes, but she instead opted to accessorize the dress for the horse show with some silk flowers, paired with a floral hat she made herself.
A Highly Commended award for a classic, timeless pink wool suit went to Mary O’Halloran (66) of Finglas, Dublin.
Diagnosed with motor neuron disease last year, she is a retired civil servant and says that “dressing up and putting on makeup is the best medicine,” adding, “It’s too easy to retire at home.”
Irish Independent Fashion editor Bairbre Power, who sat on the jury, said Ms O’Halloran’s vintage style was “inspiring”.
There was more style in the show rings when Suzanne O’Brien from Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co. Clare, a vision of timeless style in the Side Saddle Contest, won first prize with her horse Harry.
She said she felt it was very important to keep the event alive, adding that it had suffered a decline in recent years but was now seeing a surge in popularity among young girls.
The rules for the competition are very precise and date back to the Elizabethan period. Riding habits can be navy blue, with black being more suitable for married women; the last button of the waistcoat must remain undone. The veiled top hats of black silk are old-fashioned and the number of braids on a horse’s mane is specific.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/leaving-cert-student-tiffany-18-is-very-best-dressed-at-dublin-horse-show-41921944.html Outgoing Cert student Tiffany (18) is best dressed at the Dublin Horse Show