Sybil was crowned the Doyenne of Irish Fashion in the 50's. She specialised in adapting traditional Irish fabrics for modern, easy dressing. Her forward-thinking designs transformed generally assumed unweildy materials like thick mohair, Donegal Tweeds and linen into delicate pieces like blouses and dresses. She hand worked the materials and hand pleated the materials creating stunning works that are highly sought after today. She created smart shapes using informal fabrics and a relaxed attitude reflecting the 50's & 60's.
Connolly learnt her trade as dress designer and maker in London as a girl. She returned to Ireland upon the outbreak of World War 11 and worked with Richard Alan. She became Design Director of this fashion house at the age of 22 and then went on to launch her own couture label in 1957 when she was 36years old.
She is often liked with her American Contemporary Claire Mc Cardell who similarily worked with informal fabrics , creating elegant, mature and smart clothes.
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