Classic Made to Measure Dresses Dublin
“I was researching for a Mother of the Groom dress when I came across Máire’s website. The words describing what I was looking for jumped off the page – elegance with a twist. On my first consultation, Máire, with her very gentle and calm demeanor, listened to my wish list. I got everything I wanted and more. Every visit was a fun and joyful experience. Máire and her staff’s attention to detail instills such a confidence that I had no worries about leaving the dress in their capable hands. The end result is a most beautiful and exquisite outfit, which I absolutely adore. Sincere thanks to Máire and all her staff.
Designer Mother of the Bride Outfit Dublin
“I first became aware of Maire Forkin designer when I saw her on TV am. I was struck by her lovely natural personality and by her beautifully designed outfits. Then, a little later on, my daughter became engaged and I began the long journey towards finding my outfit. I had no luck and then I remembered Maire. The rest is history. I contacted Maire and found her to be absolutely wonderful. Lots of empathy at my self- consciousness about my not so wonderful figure! We chose a fabulous French navy silk, and I enjoyed the experience of having an outfit made just for me. Maire has great attention to detail. She is a perfectionist and left nothing to chance.
Then on to finding a headpiece to set off my outfit. While looking in the Irish design Centre I came across the Marion Cody Designs Emporium Powerscourt Centre, another lovely lady. We had some fun trying on hats and then Marion suggested Deb Fanning to make my hat in the way I described. I had many worries. Deb was wonderful. She constructed the most wonderful hat in French navy with silk roses (which I requested) and added the most amazing feather display which set it off completely.
My wedding outfit was wonderful to wear. I felt comfortable and elegant. Maire Forkin and Deb Fanning made my day and my daughters”. Liz Green
Classic Style 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. I was immediately drawn to her classic style. We arranged a consultation and everything just fell into place perfectly from that point on.
Maire listened carefully to my brief. She took my body shape (and all my hang ups about it!), into consideration. She worked with me to produce precisely the dress I had in my mind’s eye. Maire 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.
Recommending Maire Forkin
I couldn’t recommend ‘Maire Forkin Designs’ highly enough. From start to finish, the entire experience was positive, relaxed and stress free. 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
Dress for Royal Ascot
“Hi Maire, Just to say a huge thank you for my outfit which I wore to Royal Ascot last week. I really felt good, as I did with the outfit you designed for my son’s wedding last January. Both were just perfect! You and your staff are fantastic. Many thanks to all Monica” Monica Clarke
Wedding Outfit by Dublin Designer
“I absolutely loved working with Marie who designed my wedding outfit for my daughters wedding. I had a general idea of what I wanted, and Marie worked with me to create something even more beautiful than I had imagined. The design was of very high quality both light and comfortable which was important to me as the wedding was abroad.
Marie made me feel so at ease during the process with a welcoming smile at every visit to her Fitzwilliam Square studio.
Thank you so much Marie!” Sharon Berrigan
About Maire Forkin Designs
Niamh Ni Dholan, Mother Of The Bride Outfit
“Wow, Maire is a design genius, absolutely fantastic. Couldn’t speak highly enough of Maire and her designs. My mam went to Maire for an outfit for my wedding. Mam had picked a few items she liked from website, but in the end, maire suggested the style that suited mam and her figure.
Maire worked tirelessly to design and flatter mam’s figure. Her attention to detail and advice are second to none. She’s a wonderfully creative woman who works so hard to make you happy. Maire is so professional and honest and thanks to her, Mam walked out of there with the most amazing outfit which complimented her and my colouring, and most of all, was so comfortable to wear. I cannot recommend Maire enough” Niamh Ni Dholan
Dr Hilary: Dress For Family Wedding
“I am delighted with your creation which has been very much admired, but you have the talent! My dress was much admired by all of the family as well as several American tourists staying at the K Club.
It must fulfilling for you to have this gift of design. And a dedicated team which you have carefully selected produce the creations like the one you designed for me.! I would certainly be lovey to buy more of the beautiful clothes which you brilliantly design!…..Best Wishes” Hilary
Margaret Fitzpatrick Mother Outfit for Family Wedding
Lorraine O’Brien Wedding Outfit
“I want to thank you Maire for the fabulous Mother of the Bride outfit that you designed for me. I felt like a million dollars wearing it at the wedding. All our guests admired it….and I was only too willing to tell them who and where they could find you.
It was an excellent service and you made me feel very comfortable throughout. It enjoyed the experience and I was totally confident that the outfit would be perfect. Thank you very much again Maire” Lorraine O’Brien
Carmel Breatnach, Mother of the Groom
“Maire, just to let you know that your Mother of the Groom 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 Breatnach
Emear Quinn Performs At the Royal Opera House
Emear Quinn looking very elegant here in an evening dress designed for her by Maire. Emear performs here at Royal Albert Hall in London. This event took place during President Higgins’s State Visit to Britain. Emear at the Royal Albert Hall
The deep blue silk full length evening dress was designed and tailored to suit her figure and individual taste.
According to Deirdre McQuillian of the Irish Times. “Maire’s style, underpinned by creative pattern cutting, skillful sculpting and artful use of jeweling has an identity all of its own. She describes it as “clean, chic and contemporary” Making any size look good!
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. We were very impressed with the professionalism of her service. We attended only twice, as Máire stated at the outset. On the first occasion she took measurements for the design. I then had a follow up visit to try it on before it was ready to take home.
I was absolutely delighted with my garments and all her advice” Mairead Quinn
Sandy Cox Wedding Outfit
“I had ventured to Dublin and beyond to search for a wedding outfit for my daughters wedding. My journey finally led me to Maire. I can only describe my experience as truly amazing, and the result was 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 that…. My undying thanks” Sandy Cox
Dresses for an Evening Reception at Buckingham Palace
Ann was very pleased with her outfit which we designed and made for her. It was made for her for an evening reception at Buckingham Palace in December 2017. Dresses for a royal occasion need to follow a certain dress code. The outfit needs to both elegant and chic and appropriate for this special occasion. Dress Code to Meet Queen in Buckingham Palace
Ann loved the deep royal blue two piece which was tailor made to fit her silhouette. She said she felt both very confident and self assured wearing it. Ann has since come back to us for a two additional outfits.
Wedding Dress Niamh Bradley
“Our wedding went great and my dress was beautiful. I was absolutely thrilled with my wedding dress by Wedding Dress, 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 wedding dress made by you and you made the entire process fun, relaxing and really enjoyable.” Niamh Bradley
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
Mother of The Bride Outfit
“Images of my beautiful outfit designed for me by Maire Forkin. It fitted me perfectly, and was much admired on the day”. Maire was very understanding and pleasant. Quickly into our initial consultation she 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 O’Neill
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
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
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”. Maria Doherty
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
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
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. 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. Then I happened to come across 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”. Trish Kelly
The Service We Offer
“We design and make contemporary style Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom Dresses for our clients here in Dublin. Our specially made Italian and French fabrics are exclusively designed for our collections. We pride ourselves on our exceptional cuts and make in the creation of classical, chic styles. Our collection appeals to ladies who want something a little different. Young Mother’s of the Bride, or ladies who do not wish to wear the typical Mother of the Bride outfits rank high on our list of clients. Many of them speak of the difficulties they experience in finding an outfit they really like. and which also feels comfortable. They also want an outfit that is age appropriate. They often say that they only see outfit that make them look older or frumpy instead of one that really flatters their figure”. Maire Forkin
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
‘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. And it perfectly maximised my best points. I also gratefully accepted and followed her ideas for accessories for the whole ‘look’ on the day. 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
Mother of the Bride
“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 felt 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”! Joan Neary
“I arrived in Maire’s studio with pictures from a magazine and a clear visualisation of the style of the wedding dress that 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. 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. 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. 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.“ Fiona Byrne
Our Wedding Dress Service
“We design made to measure contemporary wedding dresses for the most sophisticated brides. Both a tailor and designer I places a strong emphasis on the most flattering silhouettes for the body shape. At the initial consultation, we identify the style from the collection that best suits the client’s figure and style preferences. Once we have identified this, changes to the fit and lengths are noted, and we then we take measurements. We can also make style modifications to the existing styles from the collection, should the customer request this. Our wedding dresses can be made in a wide range of luxury fabrics. Trimmings and jeweled embellishments are added to enhance design.” Maire Forkin
Special Occasion Outfit
Special Occasion Outfit
“I have recommended Maire to several friends who saw my outfits at my daughter’s wedding. After the experience, 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. After I first appointment, I was surprised that 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”. Eileen Byrne
“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.” Fionnuala Flannagan
Deirdre MacQuillan, 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.“