One (frankly, amazing) Irish designer and illustrator, hailing from our stunning North Coast where the tides crash and ebb against the sandy shores, can only be described as a true interpreter of those folklore stories of old and she cleverly uses fashion to tell those stories...
Sara O'Neill has been on my radar for a while now, her illustrations and sketches are romantic and dreamy, perfect for engaging your imagination.
Today, I wanted to show you all just how amazing the result can be when you marry Irish folklore, myth and magic together with stunning silk prints.
It's those stories and our beautiful coast that set the backdrop for some of the most stunning pieces I've seen come out of Ireland in recent years. Pieces that are not only magical in feeling but wearable in design.
The first apron-style dress (the Banshee Apron) could be so easily worn during Summer, with a pair of leggings if you so wished and I can imagine standing on the shore at the coast, with the wind whispering legends of old as it whistles past and the sea crashing it's soothing lullaby....
It's a collection dreams are made of.
You can check out more of Sara's designs on her site (here) or her Facebook (here) and I urge you to do so.
One glance at the beautiful, bohemian faerie herself wearing her ''Pirate Queen'' dress is enough to send me off dreaming once more.
Sara does accept commissions on both her amazing artwork, illustrations and fashion creations (which includes scarves that are so big you can do anything with them!) just head over to her Facebook (again, here) to get in touch.
How lucky are we, here in Ireland, to not only have such magic in our land and in our culture and heritage, but also such talent for passing those stories and that magic on...
Have you been swept away by Sara O'Neill and her fantastic storytelling? I know I have!
Silk Design - Sara O'Neill
Dress Design - Una Rodden
Model - Úna G
Photos - Khara Pringle