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Testimonials, Maire Forkin, Fashion Designer, Ireland


  Michelle Hanrahan, Mother of the Bride

"Thank you so very much for my beautiful outfit. It looked amazing at the wedding and it got so many compliments. Lots of people I didn't even know came up to me to ask me where I got it. You're a very talented lady. Take care"

 Carmel Breatnach, Mother of the Groom

"Maire, just to let you know that your outfit was a triumph!.. Your ears should have been burning with so many people singing it’s praises. Two lovely girls asked me if they could take a photo to show there mums as they were are getting married next week. We had just the most wonderful happy day. Thank you Maire" Carmel

Emer Quinn At the Royal Opera House

Emear Quinn looking very elegant in one of Maire's creations for her performance at the Royal Albert Hall, London, during President Higgin's State Visit to Britain.

(Mairead Quinn) Mother of the Bride 

I want to say go raibh míle maith agat to Maire for the beautiful outfit she created for me for my son’s wedding. I was very impressed with the professionalism of her service, I attended only twice ,as Máire stated at the outset, first to measure and design the second visit to try on finish and take home .I was delighted with my garments and all her advice .

Sandy Cox (Mother of the Bride) 

"Having ventured to Dublin and beyond to search for my outfit for my daughters wedding my journey finally led me to Maire where I can only describe my experience as truly amazing and the result ... everything I could have hoped for. This lady is not only an accomplished designer but she managed to make me feel the very best version of me possible and for undying thanks"  Sandy Cox

 Ann Macgregor - (Outfit for an evening reception at Buckingham Palace) 

Ann was very pleased with her outfit which we made for her an evening reception at Buckingham Palace in December 2017.

She wanted an outfit which was both elegant, chic and appropriate for this special occasion.

Ann said that she felt both very confident and self assured wearing the deep royal blue two piece which was tailor made to fit her silhouette. -  See image below



 Mairead Ryan  (Wedding Dress) 

Mairead looking stunning on her wedding day wearing a wedding dress and below red evening gown by Maire Forkin.

Pauline McEvoy (Wedding Dress) 

Getting married in New York was perfect! There were only going to be four of us at the day but I still wanted my dress to be special without being the typical frothy  - at 51 years of age I had to get it right!

I had seen Maire’s Facebook page just by chance and I was immediately drawn to her classic designs. I arranged a consultation and everything just fell into place perfectly from that point on.

Maire listened carefully to my brief, took my body shape (and all my hang ups about it!) into consideration and worked with me to produce precisely the dress I had in my mind’s eye. She never attempted to ‘push’ ideas on to me and she quickly knew what would work for me and what wouldn’t.

The whole experience was an extremely positive one. Fittings were relaxed and stress free, just how I wanted everything about the occasion to be. I collected my dress on a Thursday and flew to New York the next day – I didn’t look at it until the morning of the wedding. It had been so well wrapped that I didn’t need to touch it before slipping it on. 


  Everything I had hoped it would be – fabulous and, on the practical side of things, extremely comfortable.So many people commented on it and asked where I had bought it. I was delighted and proud to be able to tell them it was by an Irish designer. I couldn’t recommend ‘Maire Forkin Designs’ highly enough. From start to finish, the entire experience was positive, relaxed and stress free and I felt fantastic in my beautiful dress which I hope to wear again at my niece’s wedding later this year.  Thank you Maire for all your help, advice and wonderful talent!

 Pauline McEvoy (Mother of the Bride) 

"Thank you Maire fro the beautiful outfit you made for me for my sons's wedding. It was very enjoyable working with you on the design. It felt very comfortable and stylist to wear on the day and I got great admiration from all my friends. It looked as well wien I took it off at 5am as it did when I put it on the previous morning. I have recommended you to all my friends"  Pauline McEvoy

 Niamh Bradley (Wedding Dress)

 "Our wedding went great and my dress was beautiful.  I was absolutely thrilled with it, and was so comfortable and happy in it.  My mother looked fantastic and was also delighted with her dress.   Thanks again for all your help with both our dresses.

It was a pleasure to have my dress made by you and you made the entire process fun, relaxing and really enjoyable."  Niamh Bradley

 Fiona Barry (Mother of The Bride Outfit)

 "Maire created a beautiful outfit for my daughter's wedding in December 2016. Throughout the design process, she listened to my ideas and gave me exactly what I wanted. I was completely at ease and never felt rushed during my appointments. The fit, cut and quality of the outfit was outstanding. I felt very confident and glamorous on the day and received numerous compliments.  Maire was a delight to work with". Fiona

Helen O'Neill, (Mother of The Bride Outfit) 

 "Images of my beautiful outfit designed for me by Maire Forkin which fitted me perfectly, and was much admired on the day".  Maire was very understanding and pleasant and very quickly into our initial consultation could tell me what best flattered my figure and style.  I was really delighted I had met her, and the whole experience was very professional and pleasant." Helen

usan McGarrity (Bride) 

"Working with Maire was an absolute pleasure. She understood completely what I needed for my wedding dress and her design was absolutely magical" Susan McGarity

 Gretta King (Mother of the Bride) 






"I absolutely love the outfit you made for me and I got loads of compliments on the day. I really appreciated your expertise and attention to detail and I would have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone who wants a beautiful bespoke outfit for a special occasion". Gretta King

Ann Cashen (Mother of the Bride) 

"I had been looking for an outfit for my son's wedding for a number of months. Then a friend recommended Maire. I phoned Maire for an appointment, and from that momemt on I felt the worry lifting from me.

Maire was the essence of both professionalism and kindness. She gently advised me on what would suit my figure and created a bespoke outfit for me. I was very happy with the outfit and felt very confident in it. The outfit is both elegant and contemporary. I know I will get lots of wear from this outfit again, and am thrilled to be wearing an Irish Deisnger. 

I would highly recommend Maire to anyone. She is extreemly easy to work with and you will be the best version of yourself with her guidance. The whole experience was a pure pleasure for me and the end result was incrediable" Ann Cashen

 Maria Doherty (Mother of the Bride) 

 "I came across Marie in the Irish Times Magazine. We collaborated on a bespoke outfit for my daughter's wedding. Marie understood my vision and added the extra touches to achieve such stunning elegance. Beautiful silk fabric, exquisite designs and eye catching colour, completed what I can only describe as a masterpiece. I will definitely revisit Marie again".

Darina Casey (Mother of the Groom) 


"I came to Maire Forkin with limited vision as to what I wanted as Mother of the Groom, but I did not want a dress. She had my style sussed in minutes and today I am the proud owner wool crepe trouser two-piece. Elegant and dashing in french navy and cream. In all it was a very pleasant experience to work with Maire. Many thanks". Darina Casey

Celine O'Rourke (Mother of the Bride) 

"Maire is a fantastic designer with wonderful attention to detail. Maire really listens and you never feel rushed during an appointment. Her honesty is professionalism made my experience enjoyable and I am delighted with the outfit". Celine O'Rourke 

Trish Kelly (Mother of the Bride)


"I just wanted to say a huge thank you Maire for the fabulous outfit you made for me for my daughters special day last year. You were a pleasure to work with and I couldn't have been happier with my outfit from start to finish, the fabric, the cut, the colour, amazing. When I first started shopping for an outfit as mother of the bride, I was disappointed not to find something beautiful and different until I happened upon your fabulous designs.   ...I felt a million dollars on the day. Thanks again and I will hopefully be fortunate enough to wear one of your other designs at some future date".

Mary Brennan, Kilarney (Guest at Wedding) 

I was referred to Maire by a friend of mine who had an outfit made by her a number of months earlier.  Maire spent time with me discussing what would suit me and choosing the fabric and  style. I was delighted from the first time I met Maire. She was very understanding and pleasant, but what struck me most of all was how she so easily knew what best flattering on me. I waw so pleased with the design she choose for me. I went to my wedding in Kilarney a short few weeks after I visited Maire and I got so many compliments.

 Thank you Maire for your hard work. Mary Brennan

 Vicky Martin (Bride) 

'I decided to go to Maire as I wanted something unique & personal to me.  I was at ease & had full trust in Maire from our first meeting - from my vague ideas of what I wanted/didn't want, she was able to create something for me that was unique, elegant and suited not only the occasion, but perfectly maximised my best points. I also gratefully accepted and followed her ideas for accessories for the whole 'look' on the day and she had a vision in her head which she was able to articulate and then bring to life.

Over several visits to her studio, I knew I was in safe hands and that she would make sure I was 100% happy with the final result - what a contrast things would have been if I had tried to create the look I desired by myself without her experience & expertise. I would recommend her highly if you want a stress-free approach for a unique statement dress or outfit'. Vicky Martin

 Jacqueline Goss (Mother of the Bride) 


Joan Neary, Kilternan, South Dublin (Mother of The Bride Outfit) 

"I was advised to visit Maire by a work colleague, whose friend had had an outfit made by her for a daughter's wedding. Apparently, she was really delighted with the result.  I had been looking for an outfit for the wedding myself for some time.  I was hoping to get something special and most especially, a good quality outfit that would fit me well,  but, I really had not been impressed by anything I had seen.  I met with Maire who very quickly understood what I was looking for, and what would suit me.  I felf confident early on that I could put my trust in her.  Maire made a dress and over coat for me in a beautiful deep purple, and she also suggested where I could get a complimentary head-peace made. I felt so good wearing the outfit, and I have had so many compliments about it.  I was really pleased with the whole experience, and will certainly be back to Maire for an outfit again.  Thank you Maire"!

 Catherine Higgins, County Mayo (Wedding Dress)

"Maire designed my Wedding dress and headpiece for my special day. It was exactly as I had hoped for and fitted me perfectly, and I felt absolutely wonderful wearing it" Catherine


 Fiona Byrne, Dublin (Wedding Dress)  
















"I arrived in Maire's studio with pictures from a magazine and a clear visualisation of the style of wedding dress I desired. Instantly, Maire understood my vision and from that first meeting, and throughout the entire process, I always felt that she deeply respected my design and never tried to influence me in another direction.

Each meeting was a relaxed and open discussion where every detail was perfected and all options and processes were explained clearly to me. Although I chose the design, it was very much collaboration from the beginning, and I could never have achieved such elegance and such a stunning finish without the insight, foresight and attention to detail of Maire Forkin. My dress was more popular than the bride or groom at the wedding!" "During the process my mother often accompanied me when I met with Maire. She was so impressed and so enamoured by Maire’s patience, skill and grace when she was designing my wedding dress, that she too employed Maire to help her design her Mother of the Bride outfit. Maire treated my mother to exactly the same meticulousness and she had done for me, resulting in a stunning suit made from a very unique fabric that reflected my mother’s taste and personality perfectly." 

 Eileen Byrne, Dublin (Special Occasion Outfit) 














"I have recommended Maire to several friends who saw my outfits at my daughter’s wedding. I will be contacting Maire again without hesitation.  I am extremely pleased with the finished outfit. "I was looking for a very stylish but also age appropriate outfit. I was surprised that after my first appointment, Maire could create an outfit to my exact requirements in both style and fit in luxury fabrics. Maire designs for your personal body shape. She listens to what her client wants, and the finished outfit is a result of combining ideas with her expertise".                           

 Fionnuala Morgan, County Mayo (Wedding Dress)

"After a number of consultations with Maire, we discussed my preferences of style, mood, fabric and the overall design of my unique wedding dress. Maire was able to understand the look and mood I wished to achieve, and interpreted it exactly. I was extremely happy with the finished wedding dress, which fitted me perfectly. It was so unique and special. It was everything I had wished for and more. I was so excited with my wedding dress and I would certainly recommend Maire to anybody looking for a specially designed wedding dress unique to their taste."

Deirdre MacQuillan, Featuring an Article on Maire in The Irish Times

  "Maire Forkin has designed a collection of most beautifully elegant coats and glamorous dresses, suitable for a variety of occasions. This much sought after unique range of chic styles is available in a limited collection only which she provided from her studio in No 58 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2."