Eileen Kirby was born to create. A free spirited dress designer, her fondness of fairy tales, vintage detailing and all things sparkly come to life in her stunning range of intimate and delicate pieces.
I’ve known I wanted to do this since I was a little girl. I’ve always loved beautiful fabrics and beaded pieces.
What do you love about your job?
Making girls look beautiful, empowering them, making them confident and giving them strength.
What are you inspired by?
The ballet, antiques, anything retro or vintage. Old French pieces, jewels, Princesses, and fairy tales.
What will girls be wearing to their formals this year?
I’d love to see girls tap into a more classic look but still keep it edgy, put some groovy into it. You want to be able to look back in ten to twenty years and love what you wore. Take the opportunity to bring out the inner Goddess.
Finding matching accessories can be tricky, any advice?
Let the dress speak for itself. I’ve always gone with the advice that less is more when it comes to accessories. Natural make up, tousled hair and simple accessories.
What did you wear to your formal?
Mum bought me a sewing machine and fabric from a bargain store. I made a dusty blue, ruched ‘Juliet’ style dress. My teachers called it the ‘botticelli look’.
If you had a formal event tonight, what would you wear?
The 'All I Want Dress'. It's the black & white stripe dress from my current collection.
You’ve dressed quite a few celebrities, what’s been your favourite red carpet moment?
Hermione Kitson at the Logies. She is such a beautiful person.
What are you looking forward to this year?
I’m always looking forward to creating my next collection.
And finally…. Any last minute advice for girls having their formal this year?
Choose the most beautiful, frivolous dress you can find and top it off with a pair of boots!
Photos taken by myself, selected from Pinterest and sourced from Eileen Kirby.
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