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January 17, 2011 / dancerdallagio

MVW: Ireland – National

Champagne! Sparkling Fashion’s designer, Enzo Champagne, created IRISH for Carilynn OHare to wear for her national costume for the MVW 2011 Pageant.  It was based on Irish symbolism and history, from ancient Celtic inspiration to modern day symbols of Ireland.  Céad míle fáilte romhat!

Here is how Miss Ireland 2011 described the costume:  “The heart of IRISH is in its stunning symbolism.  The back piece is a very large celtic shamrock which contains green, white, and orange jewels, symbolizing the colors of the Ireland flag.  Celtic designs are a variety of mostly endless knots that are stylized graphical representations used for decoration and which were adopted by the ancient Celts.  So it was important to me to have something in IRISH that was specifically “celtic” in nature.  Hence, the celtic shamrock.”

Tukinowaguma designed the Carilynn Hair, shown here with Green(Gold) Jewelry (it comes in many colours, can be touch tinted to 112 colours, and modified to limitless colours, and comes with several variations of jewelry to be worn with the hair as shown; it can also be worn without the jewelry attachment).  Gems & Kisses also collaborated in this costume look, making the Irish Moment Earrings, Necklace and Ring of delicate gold with jade shamrocks.  Avion cosmetics created the MVW – Ireland eyeshadow of gentle cascading shamrocks and flag-coloured shadow around the eyes.

“…around the waist of IRISH is the Claddagh, which is a heart held by a pair of hands with a crown above.  The hands symbolize friendship, the heart is love, and the crown is loyalty.  In a nutshell, the meaning of the Claddagh could be summarized as ‘Let Love and Friendship Reign Forever.'”

“A long and regal emerald green train flows from the waist to the floor in a very grand sweep of color and majesty.  Around the bottom of the train is striking gold edging that glistens against the brilliant green.  Gorgeous!

The bodice and pants of IRISH are surrounded by a myriad of vines and shamrocks.  The shamrock is the most recognized national symbol of Ireland and Enzo Champagne created volumes of beautiful shamrocks to cover the center and top of IRISH.  He even included two small groups of shamrocks with green ribbons to hold in your hands!”

This is truly a remarkable design, thought out from top to bottom, with incredible attention to detail. The diamond, topaz and emerald gems are exquisite, and the meandering shamrocks are as lush as the Emerald Isle.  The Claddagh itself is striking in the execution in two tones of gold, and really is the literal and figurative heart of the entire costume.  Everything about this design is representative of Ireland, and a spectacular compilation of work between creators.  Stiletto Moody Bare Bette shoes in Bottle Green continue the rich emerald to the tips of the toes.

Even though the back of the costume is mostly covered by the large shamrock piece, the corset bodice top is laced as it would be in traditional period garments in Ireland.  The many hues of green reflect the varied Irish culture and natural environment, from the water to the inland.

The hem of the costume reaches far, brilliant gold coming off emerald green, just as the counties of Ireland reach far into your heart and mind.  Slán agus beannacht leat, síochán leat.

Model & Photographer:  Dancer Dallagio


Champagne! Sparkling Fashion (C) IRISH
Tukinowaguma Carilynn + Green(Gold) Jewelry
Gems & Kisses – Irish Moment Earrings, Necklace, Ring
Avion – Signature Eyeliner – Tips
Avion – Eyeshadow – MVW – Ireland
Baiastice-Pulchra-porcelaine-make up12 RD
Stiletto Moody Bare Bette (Bottle Green)

Poses by Manifeste


Champagne! Sparkling Fashion:
Gems & Kisses:
Stiletto Moody:


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