Above is a picture of Kate back in 1999 on her wedding day in Ballina, County Mayo. Kate says: “It’s still the most important dress and the most important day of my life. Full length with a small train and a marabou trimmed bolero with a removable cape/train, it was designed and made specifically for me, as a generous wedding gift, by Dublin design duo Niall Tyrrell Bespoke Coutureand Brennan. They also made my mother-of-the-bride and bridesmaids dresses, which were all incredible. The brilliant pair went on to design Enya’s oscar gown. I still keep my wedding dress hanging in my wardrobe. Feathers slightly worn and flat – (as is everything else at fifty) – but still in one piece. One day I’ll get into it again…..maybe….probably…OK never. But I can dream.”
MAYO author Kate Kerrigan is inviting Mayo women to don their most fabulous dress and get down to Mount Falcon Estate in Ballina for a film shoot next weekend, April 18.
“Every woman has a dress that is really important to her and we are inviting women to just dig out that special dress and wear it along to Mount Falcon weeds this Saturday afternoon so that filmmaker Louise Leverett can photograph them for this short art film. If nothing else it’s an opportunity to wear that one-off dress a second time. Mount Falcon have been really generous in allowing us to use their beautiful grounds for this shoot and have even offered us a special gift for our favourite dress. I’m really looking forward to seeing the style on the day and fingers crossed the weather will hold!”
Kate’s novels sell all over the world with her Ellis Island Trilogy hitting the New York Times bestseller lists, The Dress has been picked up by dynamic publishing house Head of Zeus in the U.K. and they are expecting great things from The Dress, which launches in Ireland this July.
Amanda Ridout, Head of Zeus CEO, who acquired the books from Kate’s agent Marianne Gunn O’Connor, says ‘We are thrilled to welcome Kate Kerrigan to the Head of Zeus list with this fascinating, warm and emotional novel. The compelling subject matter of three generations of women and their relationship with fashion has inspired our packaging and marketing plans and we know will capture the imaginations of readers worldwide.’
Don’t forget to join The Dress Movie Shoot, me and the ladies of County Mayo, in our favourite, important dresses, this coming Saturday, 18th April at Mount Falcon Estate woods, near the Spa entrance at the back, 4pm. All are welcome.