The 55th Rose of Tralee Festival starts today in Kerry. Roses from all over the world have now arrived in Ireland and will be competing for this year's title over two selection nights on 18 and 19 August.

Irish designer Peter O'Brien was involved in the selection of the France Rose when he worked at the House of Rochas in Paris during the 1990s. In this interview, he tells Barbara McMahon about picking only those who look good in his clothes, as the Rose would be dressed in one of his Rochas creations for the competition.

This 'Head to Toe' piece report a look at some of those French Rose of Tralee outfits and is from a special Parisian edition of the show broadcast on 5 November 1996. 

Irish Fashion Designers

Derek Davis and a France Rose

The Rose of Tralee 2014 takes place on Monday 18 August and Tuesday 19 August. The event will be broadcast live from the dome in Tralee, Co. Kerry on RTÉ One at 8.00pm each evening.
The RTÉ Player also brings the ‘Rose of Tralee Festival’ to fans Worldwide with all the behind the scenes action. Presented by Aidan Power, the show will be live on RTÉ Player each night at 9.00pm.