Claire Garvey is a Couture Irish designer. She doesn’t produce for the mass market but creates individual designs and dresses for her customers who value the beautiful work, detail and attention she gives to her customers needs. Claire creates for the customer not for herself. She knows that each woman wears her outfits differently and so she ensures each woman is given a unique design of shape, fabric, colour, with a touch of embellishment to give her customers a feeling of looking like a princess for that special night or day out.
She studied fashion design in the National College of Art in Dublin. After receiving her fashion degree she went to Russia where she received her masters in Textile and Costume design in the Vigik University in Moscow. She returned to Dublin and set up her own fashion business supplying shops around Ireland including the Irish Design Centre. She won best new fashion designer in 1995. It is this unusual education with her experiences of travelling when younger that gives Claire’s clothes the vibrancy that is unique among designers.
Claire’s designs combine fabric techniques she learnt while studying in Moscow with design techniques learnt in her studies in Dublin. Claire hand dyes most of her dresses. She uses a lot of silks and velvets. Her trademark corsets are all hand beaded. Her evening dresses and gowns are simple designs but Claire uses her talent for embellishment to transform them into unique, colourful, works of art by using a special dying technique, layering her fabrics and embroidering with anything from feathers to seashells. This ensures each dress is unique.
Claire opened her shop in Dublin’s trendy Temple Bar district of the city. She designed the shop to reflect a light and fairytale atmosphere. Claire also designs accessories like bags, necklaces and head -piece’s. The shop has been opened since the Valentines Day 2001. Claire’s work has been showcased in many European magazines. She hopes to soon move into the American market.