Ella’s bespoke Irish dancing dress

Ella suffers from severe epilepsy and has regular seizures throughout the day and night. This has a huge impact on her day-to-day life and has also taken its toll on her self-esteem.

Ella loves Irish dancing and found that it really helps with her core strength and confidence. She loves to watch Irish dancing on television and is a huge fan of Irish dancing dress designer Shauna Shiels who makes beautiful dresses and stars in the BBC documentary Jigs & Wigs: The Extreme World of Irish Dancing.

We arranged for Ella to travel to Ireland and meet Shauna Shiels. Shauna and her team made Ella feel at home straight away and closed their Doire Dress Designs studio just for her.

She couldn’t believe it when Shauna told her that she would like to make Ella her very own bespoke Irish dancing dress, just like the picture Ella had drawn! It took three fittings to get the dress just right and when Ella tried on the finished dress she felt like the luckiest girl in the world!