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Shauna’s design gets the Kardashian seal of approval

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Shauna’s design gets the Kardashian seal of approval thumbnailShauna Fay

IT'S not every day Kendall Jenner compliments your dress, but that's what happened to Rostrevor's Rachel Clerkin at the Golden Globes.

Rachel's stunning dress was created by Newry designer Shauna Fay, specially for the glittering Beverly Hills ceremony.

Not only did Kendall Jenner give the dress the Kardashian family seal of approval, but the Vogue.com Style Editor Edward Barsamian also praised the creation.

Shauna was glued to the television last Sunday night (January 7), in the hope she could catch just a glimpse of Rachel and admitted she "nearly jumped off the couch" when she saw her.

"It was a bit surreal seeing it on TV," explained Shauna. "I stayed up and watched E! because they do a load of interviews before the Golden Globes start.

"I was watching it and Ryan Seacrest was interviewing Jude Law and there was Rachel in the background. It was a bit mad. I was like 'oh my god, there's Rachel!'

"Rachel was sending me pictures, it was mad, especially when she sent me the one with Kendall Jenner and Edward Barsamian because she was sitting at their table.

"I near took a heart attack when the Editor at Vogue was sitting beside my dress.

"It's been a real bizarre experience to be honest and one that I'd like to do again."

Rachel's father Jim Clerkin, is the president of his own company in America and is the CEO of the American Hennessy and Moet brand, who hosted a charity bar at the event, allowing the pair to mingle among the stars of Hollywood.

Asked whether she'll be expecting a call for a dress from Kendall Jenner, Shauna replied: "I won't be putting any money on it but you never know!"

Describing her creation, Shauna explained that it took two weeks to make the fitted burgundy gown, complete with sleeves, a high neck, a pentagon shaped keyhole on the back, burgundy and green velvet, and finished off with gold beads.

"Rachel said she was delighted to be able to show off Irish talent on a global platform and she didn't want to wear anything else," added Shauna.

"All the actresses were wearing black [over Hollywood's sexual abuse scandal] but we didn't get the memo early enough but she said she was kind of glad because she was wearing a dress by another women in business so it was a good thing because it was all about empowering women."

Shauna has recently relocated her business from Spires Mall in Belfast to Ferrybridge Enterprise Centre beside the Carrickdale Hotel, and she's hoping the unexpected publicity will help get the word out

"It's only been three months since we moved so you're not going to have a real idea of how business is going but we had a wee opening night and it was packed," said Shauna.

"We had a launch of our winter collection and it went really well.

"We've got our spring and summer collection launching on February 3, so that'll be the deal breaker."

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