A look inside my wardrobe: Tina Hemlock Coyne

Sarah Horgan looks inside the wardrobes of some of Cork’s glamorous ladies. This week we feature milliner Tina Hemlock Coyne, the Milliner behind 'Elizabeth Christina Design'
A look inside my wardrobe: Tina Hemlock Coyne
Tina Hemlock Coyne of Elizabeth Christina Design pictured in an original 1940's wedding dress at her home at Jagoes Mills, Kinsale. Picture: Howard Crowdy

In a new weekly feature series in WoW!, Sarah Horgan asks Cork women to open up their wardrobes to us, and show us their favourite three outfits.

Tina Hemlock Coyne of Elizabeth Christina Design. Picture: Howard Crowdy
Tina Hemlock Coyne of Elizabeth Christina Design. Picture: Howard Crowdy

Outfit 1:

Red and black lace Jill Sander dress. Elizabeth Christina Design signature headpiece in red, black and white, shoes, Nine West

Story behind this outfit: I remember designing this headpiece and having a special feeling about it. Everything about creating it just flowed and it came together so perfectly. When a friend asked if I would go to The Curragh Derby with her, I knew I had the perfect headpiece but unfortunately no dress. 

Wearing an original Elizabeth Christina Design.
Wearing an original Elizabeth Christina Design.

A week later I had a few minutes to spare before collecting my daughter from creche so, as you do, I decided on some dress shopping. I found this Jill Sander dress online from House of Fraser, in the sale and the exact colour of my headpiece. It all proved a wonderful combination with my outfit chosen top 5 best dressed on that sunny day at the Curragh.

Tina Hemlock Coyne wearing a stunning jumpsuit from Ollie & Mac. Picture: Howard Crowdy
Tina Hemlock Coyne wearing a stunning jumpsuit from Ollie & Mac. Picture: Howard Crowdy

Outfit two: A green off the shoulder jumpsuit from Ollie & Mac. Shoes are leopard print with gold stud detail from Dune.

Story behind this outfit : Being a redhead, I’m a total sucker for green and had been looking for the perfect green jumpsuit for a long time. After having my daughter I had gone from 8 stone to 14 stone and, like most women who try to lose baby weight, I was determined not to buy anything until I knew I would feel myself again.

I received an invitation to Cork Fashion Festival and used it as my goal. Two weeks before the event I was in Galway on a girls day when I spotted a jumpsuit but it wasn't quite right. The following week I spotted this one online in Ollie & Mac , I just loved it. The style of it is so me. I showed it to my mom and she too instantly fell in love with it.

My shoes I bought in Debenhams. I wanted something other than a plain colour. My mom was with me and when she picked the leopard print, I was very unsure, but she has a knack for fashion and I trusted her choice. I actually thought she was a little crazy to think they were a perfect match but she was absolutely right, they were. It’s still one of my favourite outfits to wear.

Tina in a stunning vintage wedding dress from Bella Blu.
Tina in a stunning vintage wedding dress from Bella Blu.

Outfit 3: Cream 1940s original vintage wedding dress bought at auction in New York by Bella Blu. Shoes , Westfield London. The crown is Elizabeth Christina Design.

Story behind this outfit: I most definitely have a love for all thing vintage. Six months after launching my millinery business Elizabeth Christina Design I was invited to enter The Kerry Fashion Design Awards. I felt going to my first awards and representing my own business, I wanted to wear something unique. My mom and I decided we would start our search at Bella Blu, I think due to our mutual love of vintage. As we browsed I noticed a dress tucked away behind the counter and asked about it. It was a fully beaded, knee length orginal 1940’s wedding dress. The girls had bought it at auction in New York but it was in need of a little repair. I tried it on and without my mom saying a word, I knew it was perfect. The look on her face was enough. I bought it and did the repairs myself. Other than my wedding dress, it is and will forever be my most favourite dress. My shoes I purchased at Westfield Shopping centre, London, when on a girls weekend.

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