Peter O’brien says yes to the dress at Dunnes

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It’s Thurs­day morn­ing. So it must be the Gate the­atre, where Peter O’brien’s lat­est col­lec­tion was un­veiled. The new col­lec­tion pos­sessed all O’brien’s sig­na­ture, un­der­stated glam­our, or “quiet drama” as ac­tor Cathy Bel­ton (who in­ter­viewed Peter at the Gate) called it. The lo­ca­tion is apt. Peter has de­signed the cos­tumes for many of the Gate’s fore­most pe­riod dra­mas (are there any other kind at the Gate?) in­clud­ing A Woman of No Im­por­tance, in which Cathy starred. “I played this so­cialite with an evil tongue and I re­mem­ber the silk made a noise be­fore I ar­rived. Me and Peter de­cided it was part of the char­ac­ter,” the lovely Cathy noted. “As well as me speak­ing in the play, the dress spoke.”

Peter re­called how his in­ter­est in fash­ion was ig­nited when, as a child, he saw Joan Craw­ford in Hu­moresque — “her story was tragic, she ended up walk­ing into the wa­ter. All I could think about was how her beau­ti­ful beaded gown was ru­ined.”

Peter spoke glow­ingly about the lat­est woman in his life, Mrs Mar­garet Hef­fer­nan, the mag­nif­i­cent doyenne of Dunnes, who en­abled him to pro­duce such a di­vine col­lec­tion, us­ing his favourite fab­rics and with all his hall­marks, white col­lars, nipped-in waists, full skirts, fluted sleeves. Some­one stop me be­fore I get car­ried away with all this giddy talk of nipped-in waists, full skirts, fluted sleeves. Peter re­fused to talk too much about the clothes: “no one wants to hear a grown man talk­ing about fluted sleeves”. (Oh, I don’t know. It never stopped me.) But clearly they do want him to de­sign them. The sense I got was that ev­ery­one present was anx­ious to dash up to Grafton Street to Dunnes Stores to get their hands on their par­tic­u­lar favourite coats and dresses. Cathy, how­ever, has a dif­fer­ent type of dress in mind. She will be ty­ing the knot next sum­mer in an in­ti­mate cer­e­mony in the south of France. No prizes for guess­ing who is de­sign­ing the dress.

De­signer Peter O’brien and ‘Red Rock’ star Cathy Bel­ton at Dunnes Stores fash­ion launch

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