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Queen of fantasy

Claire Garvey — queen of fantasy, costume-like fashion, always to be relied upon to create extraordinary, one-off garments and capsule ready-to-wear collections of a soft, romantic, slightly medieval nature — has changed.

Welcome, then, Mistress Garvey, designer of audacious garb for vampy-fairy, 21st-birthday chicks who look as if they have stepped out of the world of manga. If Lord of the Rings had seen Claire’s dresses, I bet the elves would have been dressed differently and Liv Tyler could have smouldered her way through Mordor, instead of being all fey and virginal, and as inspiring as a wet sheet.

It was attending a debs’ show last year and meeting a whole new generation of exciting, unbound clients that brought about the change in Claire. Since then, commissions have rolled in from gorgeous young things, mainly for 21st-birthday parties. Now Claire finds herself having the most fun she has ever had in her design career.

“I never even thought I was fed up with fashion until I did these commissions! Since I started this, it is the most excited I have been,” she said. “Dealing with people who are still interested in fashion . . . You have more life in you when you embrace modernity. A lot of people I know are dwelling on the recession, but young people aren’t. They are still full of enthusiasm, and they make you feel that way,” Claire told me, her voice brimming with excitement.

“They are an interesting group of people to design for. Most of them are in college, or working. They want one-offs and difference. They might ask to be a tree, or a butterfly, or for a ballet dress in leather, but they are interested in the couture end of things. They are informed about fashion, and they’re into modernity, and designers such as Alexander McQueen. So it has been a different angle,” she explained. “It is like the 21st has replaced the wedding as a rite of passage. I mean, the dress does cost nearly as much as a bridal dress.

I think also it is from MTV’s My Super Sweet 16 — they go all-out and hire nightclubs and have all kinds of themes and things. And I think a lot of it is Cheryl Cole, too. I think my sexiness is back!”

Has it made her feel younger? “About a hundred million per cent!” was Claire’s prompt reply. “I still like the romantic, but I prefer modernity. It is a completely different swing. I don’t think I could go back. I don’t know what it is about ageing, but you either love or hate youth. I realise I was working so hard I wasn’t seeing. My eyes are open again,” she told me And how. Go, Claire!





Make-up and hair by Beata Ryba

Published Life Magazine 2010

30 Mar 2011
Dave Brisco

All wrapped up!

Modeling for David Brisco is a real pleasure.

Dave is a photographer who has many skills including creative illustration, digital art, design and creative multimedia expertise. Taking photos with this Irish artist was a lot of fun but the real reward is when you get a chance to see the final edits of the photos. Simple materials such as cashmere can become multi coloured body raps in Dave’s world.

Model: Piyanuch Chanphet | Makeup: Amy McGuire | Photography: David Briscoe Artwork & Design

30 Mar 2011


This fabulous Bugatti Veyron 16.4liter Super Sport is officially the fastest production ever built. 267.81 mph! yes 430.99 km/h.! was recently achieved by Bugatti’s test driver Pierre Henri Raphanel who drove the Veyron around the high speed oval test track at Ehra-Lessian. On hand to witness and record the results were officials of the Guinness book of records and the German Technical Inspection Agency. Raphanel made passes around the huge oval track in both directions just to be sure.

This white Veyron Super Sport in the photos is owned by Afzal Kahn owner of Project Kahn who I had the pleasure of meeting in London. This amazing car comes with the unique UK registered “F1” number plate.

The price for both…… well if you have to ask that question it properly too expensive for you x

UpDate 25th August 2013

News Source: The Daily Mail

Afzal Khan has a lot of money. This is, after all, the guy that spent $870,000 for the United Kingdom vanity plate F1. Now, as further proof of the high-end tuner’s wealth, he’s turned down a 6-million quid offer for the rare license plate. Who offers $9.3 million for a pair of rectangular pieces of metal? And… more importantly, who turns it down?

According to The Daily Mail, Khan rejected the offer, with a spokesman explaining that, “Mr. Kahn has no interest in selling F1, which is his favorite plate.” As The Mail points out, Khan’s move to snap up F1 when it went on the market in 2008 was a prudent financial move if he’s getting multi-million-pound offers for it.

F1, which spends most of its time on Khan’s Bugatti Veyron, isn’t the only rare plate in Khan’s garage – he also counts 4HRH and NO1 as part of his collection, although it doesn’t sound like either one is quite as valuable.

By Brandon Turkus


28 Mar 2011

A Matrix model in Dublin

Piyanuch Chanphet a  freelance model in Dublin with no matrix agents or modeling Agencies.

Trinity: I know why you’re here, Neo.   I know what you’ve been doing… why you hardly sleep, why you live alone and why night after night, you sit by your computer. You’re looking for him. I know because I was once looking for the same thing. And when he found me, he told me I wasn’t really looking for him. I was looking for an answer. It’s the question, Neo. It’s the question that drives us. It’s the question that brought you here. You know the question, just as I did.

Neo: What is the Matrix?
Trinity: The answer is out there, Neo, and it’s looking for you, and it will find you if you want it to.

“You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes”

Well all I know is that I took the red  pill.  Working an Asian model in Dublin and Thailand I have often observed what seemed like glitches in the Matrix.  Going to places you have never been before and feeling like you have been there.  Every now and again you meet someone and you get the same feeling that you know the person.

The term red pill and its opposite, blue pill, are pop culture terms that have become a common symbol for the choice between the blissful ignorance of illusion (blue) and embracing the sometimes painful truth of reality (red).

I know you’re out there. I can feel you now. I know that you’re afraid. You’re afraid of us. You’re afraid of change. I don’t know the future. I didn’t come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it’s going to begin. I’m going to hang up this phone, and then I’m going to show these people what you don’t want them to see. I’m going to show them a world … without you. A world without rules and controls, without borders or boundaries; a world where anything is possible. Where we go from there is a choice I leave to you.

Piyanuch Chanphet

A model in Dublin, professional and freelance and fighting the global matrix.

28 Mar 2011


28 Mar 2011

La Senza

28 Mar 2011


28 Mar 2011
International Woman's Day Promo Shoot, Backstage


International Women’s Day 2011

International Women’s Day (8 March, 2011) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.  This year it celebrates its 100th birthday.

In Thailand there are various events held around the country. While there has been improvements in gender equality in Thailand it is still very much a man’s world. Women work longer generally in low skilled manual labor jobs and get paid less than male counterparts and it is socially acceptable even a fashion for men to have second girlfriends. However, women are becoming increasing more independent. Education for women is improving and many girls are now getting higher level jobs as a result.

This year I will be celebrating International Woman’s Day in Dublin Ireland.  To highlight the day I took part in a photo shoot organised by Tolu OMoyele and photographed by the multi-talented Edina Valentova.  Make-up was provided by Elaine Hopkins and Claire Walsh with Hair styling also by Claire Walsh and Elaine Hopkins.   Models on duty were myself Piya, Lauren, Tolu and Katty.  Tolu provided the styling with outfits by Claire Garvey & Lisa Marie De Bee.  The location was a stylish roof top on Dublin’s O’Connell Street.

On the day itself next Tuesday, 08 March to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day there will be a themed Fashion show held in Temple bar Dublin.  “The Amazonian Warrior” fashion event will feature a collection from Award winning Irish Designer Claire Garvey and South African Designer Lisa Marie De Beer.  All are welcome and there is no cover charge. kick off is at 7.45pm.

For me international womans day is a chance to reflect on what it means to be a woman and celebrate that gender equality is for the most part slowly improving for women all over the world.

27 Mar 2011
The Swan Madien 2

The Swan by Claire Garvey

Shape shifting between human and swan form working with Laelia Miller and wearing Clair Garvey designs can only be described as a magical experience. My latest photo shoot on location in an ancient temple in the Wicklow mountains wearing Claire Garvey designs.

Inspired by the Russian Ballet the Swan Dress is part of Clair Garvey’s Spring / Summer Collection 2011.

Designer: Claire Garvey | Photographer: Laelia Milleri | Assistant: Marta Bielecka | Styling and make-up: also by Laelia Milleri | Model: Piyanuch Chanphet

26 Mar 2011


9 Mar 2011
Lisa-Marie de Beer Spring / Summer 2011

Silver Merick

A Fashion Show through the lens of Silver Merick to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day.

Location: Templebar Dublin

Designers: Clair Garvey & Lisa-Marie de Beer| Photography: Silver Merick Studio | Styled by Tolu OMoyele | Makeup: Faces Cosmetics | Hair: House of Colour

Piya x

28 Feb 2011

Colour me Pretty Piya

Models: Deirdre Morrissey & Piyanuch Chanphet | Makeup: ANN-MARIE CAREY JUDD, MAKE UP ARTIST WWW.ANNMARIECAREY.COM | © Copyright 2011 Steve Burke Photography

Steve Burke Photography

Photographer Steve Burke is a Multi-Award Winning fashion, celebrity, glamour and social photographer based in Dublin Ireland.


Ann-Marie has been working as a Makeup Artisy (MUA)  since 1995 and started as a trainee under the guidance of Fiona Connon & Annie Gribbin  in a Dublin based company called Make up Forever.  Following this internship she setup and worked freelance for a few years in theatre and went on to study and obtain an International Diploma in Make up Artistry.

Ann-Marie has a passion for makeup and the film and fashion world and always strives to learn more from her experiences from Ireland to Australia.

Ann-Marie has a very wide portfolio and has worked with among others: 

The Irish Daily Mail, Sunday World, The Indepedent,The Dubliner Magazine,Kiss Magazine,Stellar Magazine, U Magazine, Image, Social and Personal, D Side, Hot Press, RTE Guide, Evening Herald, The Examiner, Harp, Diesel, Helen David, Brown Thomas, Harlequin, Wigwam, Picturehouse, Core, R.t.e, Tg4, R.t.e Cork, The Factory, Bank of Ireland, South Pacific the Movie, Big Day out Galway, No Disco, Deep waters.



2 Aug 2010
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