Sustainable fashion event attracts huge interest on final day of Listowel Harvest Racing Festival
Record entries for Listowel Tidy Towns / An Taisce Best Presentation of an Up cycled/Restyled or Authentic Vintage Outfit
Lisa Carmody and James O’Gorman were announced as the overall winners of the Listowel Tidy Town / An Taisce Best Presentation of an Up cycled/Restyled or Authentic Vintage Outfit at Listowel Races on Saturday 16th of September. Judged by vintage fashion lover, blogger and model Pat Walker and Susan Vickers from An Taisce, there was enormous interest and record entries into this innovative competition that highlights the potential of Waste Minimisation in the imaginative reuse of items we may have previously just discarded.
Over 30 finalists were selected by the judges in both male and female categories and each were interviewed on stage to tell the stories behind their outfit - which were often both engaging and very entertaining.The overall winner in the female category was Lisa Carmody from Listowel who wore a three piece suit originally worn by her mother (and Lisa had a photograph of her mom in the suit holding her as a baby). The over all winner in the male category was James O’Gorman, from Adare who wore a suit he purchased over 20 years ago. Both won €300. The 1st runner up in the female category was Diane Jeffers who owns Jasmine boutique in Tralee, and 1st runner up in the male category was Niall Fitzgerald also from Tralee. The judges wanted to specially commend Henry Ryan, Nell Canty and Gemma and Declan McDonagh.
All the generous prizes sponsored by Listowel Race Company, McCarthy Brokers of Listowel, Broderick’s Pharmacy and the local businesses in Listowel Town. The event was coordinated on the day by members of the Listowel Tidy Towns committee including Imelda Murphy, Liz Horgan and Kieran Moloney.
This was the fifth year Listowel Tidy Towns and An Taisce hosted this event and it continues to grow in popularity and is a stylish finale to 3 days of best dressed competitions at Listowel.
All images are by John Kelliher