The Ladies of Punchestown

Punchestown Racing Festival 2016

Best Dressed Ladies Fashion Illustrations


Nothing says “Summer is coming” more than the start of the racing festival at Punchestown. To be honest I don’t know much about horses, a mortal sin when you are from Kildare, but I love the style at the races. I often attend race meetings to sketch the crowds that gather around the parade ring, if you are a budding artist it truly is a great place to draw! You have to work quick but it really improves observational drawing skills and encourages economy of line in your work.

So having said this I couldn’t resist sketching some fashion illustrations of the beautiful ladies who won the Bollinger “Best Dressed Lady” each day of the festival.

Day One Winner : Kirsty Farrell

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Best-dressed winner on day one was Kirsty Farrell. The brunette beauty did not have to travel far to find her winning dress as it was supplied by her mother’s shop, Rosie’s Closet in Newry

Day Two Winner : Audrey Kelly

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Local lady Audrey Kelly, who hails from Naas, scooped today’s top prize at the second day of the popular racing festival, with an unusual pants suits from Aria Boutique in Naas.

Day Three Winner : Leona Skelly

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Leona Skelly  picked up the coveted Bollinger Best dressed lady on Day Three of the Punchestown Festival. The accessories for her outfit were from her mother’s shop, Heavenly Shoes & Accessories in Clane, Co Kildare.

Over All Best Dressed Lady : Dr. Jane Mulrooney

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Dr. Jane Mulrooney from Galway living and practising in Dublin wearing a Martha Lynn hat, a stunning Roksanda Llincic dress, Channel bag and Jimmy Choo Shoes was deemed the judges favourite despite stiff competition in the style stakes on the day.

I really enjoyed live sketching at the Punchestown race festival, the style and crowds are always very engaging. I hope to post some quick sketches and rough work of these fashion illustrations soon!

Happy sketching,

Linda x

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