Mullingar milliner, Derek Montgomery of Montgomery Designs, said he is over the moon after a piece he made for local girl Rachael Moorhead persuaded judges to award her the Best Dressed title at Ladies Day at The Curragh Races over the weekend.
Rachael was chosen for her classic style which was accentuated by Derek’s take on country chic - a unique blend of contemporary and traditional with the pheasant features in stark contrast to the futuristic design of the piece itself.
One of the judges, model Alison Canavan, said the piece was chosen for its creativity, standing out from the rest of the crowd, and for really epitomising the glamour associated with ladies day.
Derek has already made a number of eye-catching pieces for the races and various special occasions this year and with this latest win expects to be even busier in the lead up to the Kilbeggan and Galway Races.
Derek has a boutique on Mount Street in Mullingar where he creates all his custom made pieces.
“My shop doubles as a working studio; customers love seeing the process of their hat coming to life from scratch,” he said.
For more information Derek can be contacted on (085 ) 7818155, you can find him on www.facebook.com/montgomerymillinery, or pop into his shop on Mount Street.