The dress, of white cotton crochet over olive green silk, was worn by President O’Kelly’s wife, Phyllis, and the reception took place during the first ever Irish Presidential visit to the United States.
The O’Kellys visited Washington, New York and Chicago during their ten day trip, and Mrs. O’Kelly’s wardrobe was designed by her niece, the fashion designer Neillí Mulcahy, who remodelled an early twentieth century Irish crochet lace gown to create this dress.
Beverly Bags, a well known Irish handbag manufacturer of the time, created an evening bag to match. The visit was deemed a huge success and was followed closely in both the Irish and American press.
It was part of the exhibition, "Neillí Mulcahy, Irish Haute Couture of the 50’s and 60’s" which was on display until 2011.#stpatricksday #fashion #UnitedStatesofamerica #stpatrick #shamrock #neillimulcahy #irishdesign #beverlybags