Above: Valerie, with her mother Mary, visits her first stockist.
Described by TV3’s Xposé as one of “Ireland’s hottest new designers” and tipped as “One to Watch” by Kerry Fashion Week, as well as being picked to represent Ireland in an international fashion competition in France, the young West Cork designer is no stranger to dressing people to impress, having previously made outfits for former Miss Cork, Katie O’Donoghue, for her Miss Ireland final. She also dressed last year’s Kilkenny Rose, Vera McGrath for her Kilkenny selection.
Valerie studied fashion design in St John’s Central College Cork and Mallow College of Design and Tailoring.
After launching her fashion label ‘Valecia’ last year, she secured her first stockist in Atelier 27, Om Diva on Drury Street in Dublin, a store that showcases the best in emerging, cutting-edge Irish designers. As well as her off-the-rail collection, she also specialises in custom-made occasion wear.