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Biography

Brigid Rynne’s background in fashion and dressmaking stretches back over 30 years. Her interest was sparked at an early age at school and was consolidated with formal training at Winkfield Place, where she also learned basic upholstery and soft furnishing techniques. From Winkfield, Brigid went on to the world-famous Constance Spry Flower School, where she qualified as a professional florist, specialising in wedding work and formal flower arranging. While working for Sophie Hanna at the prestigious London florist, Pugh & Carr, Brigid’s flower arrangements graced homes, churches and theatres, and two of her wedding bouquets were featured in Condé Nast’s ‘Brides’ magazine.

But it was an unexpected move into the fashion world, with a position at London fashion house, Bellville Sassoon, that provided Brigid with an unparalleled insight into the world of couture. During her years there, Brigid gained valuable experience both front-of-house, dealing with their many Royal and celebrity clients in the Pavillion Road boutique, and also behind-the-scenes in the workroom, learning couture sewing techniques from some the most highly skilled and experienced seamstresses in the business.

Flower girls at a winter weddingIn her diverse career since Bellville Sassoon, Brigid has continued dressmaking part-time, specialising in wedding and formal evening wear and outfits for other special occasions. Brigid consolidated her skills with a course in professional sewing at the internationally-renowned Central St. Martins College of Art and Design and has recently qualified as an Image Consultant with Joan Cashman, one of Europe’s leading trainers in colour, makeup and style.

Brigid’s move, with her husband, John, to Co. Clare, has, at last, provided her with the space and opportunity to found her unique dressmaking and image consultancy business and to set up a dedicated studio of her own.