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I'm thrilled but terrified to be dressing star Winona

Winona Ryder

Irish fashion designer Peter O'Brien is set to work his magic on Hollywood star Winona Ryder this summer.

Finglas native O'Brien is designing the costumes on upcoming period feature film The Price Of Desire.

O'Brien worked for some of the biggest fashion labels in the world, including Givenchy, Dior and Chloe, before setting up his own label.

He's sells a line in Arnotts department store each year and regularly designs costumes for theatrical productions at The Gate Theatre.

But this will be his first feature film.

"It's my first time doing this. I love the idea, it's great but it's terrifying," he told the Herald.

 

Flapper

The movie tells the story of avant-garde Irish designer Eileen Gray and will be directed by Mary McGuckian.

Winona will play the lead role of Gray.

"I'm looking forward to try to recreate some of Eileen's style.

"It's set in the 1920s but she wasn't your typical flapper. She was a little more refined," he said.

"She had a more casual way of dressing."

O'Brien flew to Paris last week to attend production meetings but will be back in France soon for further research.

"I have a lot of ideas," he continued. "I'm heading over to the south of France where Eileen lived. When I get there I'm going to build all the costumes.

"I've designed for the stage and I like building a costume around a character.

"It's a very unique experience. And there are less people to please.

"When you design a line for a shop or for customers you have to please the buyers and the bloggers and the press.

 

FLOG

"When you're doing a film you just have to please the directors and producers. You don't have to flog it in the same way.

"Plus I love working as part of a team," he said.

The film starts shooting in May in Belgium.

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