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Following in the footsteps of the legendary Sybil Connolly, Dawn FitzGerald is cutting out a career as a couturier with her Irish-made designs, writes Lisa Brady.

12th May, 2012
Dawn FitzGerald: 'I always wanted to wear beautiful things. I adore luxurious fabric and the way it drapes over a body.' Photo: Feargal Ward

"I must see movement in a dress," said the late Sybil Connolly. "A woman's body is inside. It breathes. It moves." But beyond the words, the work of the iconic Irish fashion designer lives on. Her revolutionary gossamer pleated linen dress hangs immortialised on the walls of the White House - in a portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy it has become an ethereal piece of political history.

Where Connolly ventured in the world of high fashion,...

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