Galway Race Weeks biggest best dressed competition with over €5000 worth of prizes

Galway Rose at last year's Racing for Rosabel event at the Skeff. Photographer: Larissa Oliveira

Galway Rose at last year's Racing for Rosabel event at the Skeff. Photographer: Larissa Oliveira

Galway Race Week is upon us, but unfortunately, things are looking a little different this year. None of the usual racing events are on due to social distancing restrictions which means for many of us those gunas for Ladies Day are hanging in the wardrobes.

However, we have an excellent reason for you to take that dress of the hanger and make the most of racing season with Racing for Rosabel. The event has been running for the past two years in order to raise money for the charity, Rosabel’s Rooms.

Rosabel’s Rooms was set up by parents Suzanne McClean and Gary Monroe with The Irish Hospice Foundation. Suzanne and Gary tragically lost their little girl, Rosabel who died suddenly at 16 months old.

The aim of the charity is to provide support to parents who are grieving by providing family-friendly bereavement suits in A&E departments across Ireland. They also have a Rosabel’s Room-to-Heal fund that can provide financial support to families who need to take time off work and pay for funeral costs.

As this event would usually take place on the Wednesday of race week, this year they have decided to host the event virtually.

The categories on the day are;

- Best dressed lady and the winner will go home with a €1500 prize from Bezzu

- Best dressed gent and the winner will go home with a €1500 prize from Bezzu

- Best headpiece and the winner will go home with a diamond necklace from Leufers Jewellers and a bespoke headpiece by Gillian Duggan Designs

- Most creative outfit winner will go home with an overnight stay in the Prince of Wales hotel for two people

- Family affair (this would allow children to get involved too ) and the winner will receive a two-night stay for a family of four, plus a family pass to Tayto Park.

Barry’s Hair and Beauty Studio are giving a voucher to each of the winners above.

Stuart Montgomery & Rebecca Rose Stylist

Stuart Montgomery & Rebecca Rose Stylist

Of course, there will still be a panel of judges on the day to choose the winners.

The judges will be Stuart Montgomery, Rebecca Rose Gillian Duggan and Bianca Luykx, editor of VIP Magazine.

Speaking about the event and what she’ll be looking out for, Bianca says, “Fashion is what you buy. Style is what you do with it. Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak. Of course, to pull off such original dressing you need to have ‘the eye’. This eye acts as a balancer, as in you know when it’s too much, and to – as Coco Chanel famously said – take one thing away. But look, all bets are off in this new normal of ours!

“Because between the Covid stone, the stress acne and the ill-fitting wardrobe (or is this just me?! ) looking even half presentable these days wins all style awards! So, for those who make the effort to glam up – well done. I applaud you already. For those with exceptional style at an exceptional time like this, I take my (race ) hat off to you! The most important thing, however, is to have fun and to feel good, while doing good, for such a deserving charity.”

Racing for Rosabel 2019

Racing for Rosabel 2019.

Full details on how to enter:

Donate a minimum of €5 to Rosabel’s Rooms on the official Go Fund me Page Racing for Rosabel. Send your image by PM to Stuart’s Select Style, Gillian Duggan Milliner or Rebecca Rose Stylist for judging, using #racingforrosabel on all images. Upload to any of your social media platforms using #racingforrosabel and tag VIP, Rosabel’s Rooms and the sponsors below. No old photo will be considered, photos must have the date in the image. Also please include screenshot of your donation on the GoFund Me Page.

Winner announced on VIP Facebook page on Thursday 30th July.


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