Known as a designer to the stars many of the fashion creations of Sara Perceval are produced in Mayo.

Sara Perceval has designed fashion for Shirley Bassey, Rod Stewart, Hot Chocolate and The Three Degrees to name but a few.

Three years ago she opened a studio in Newport County Mayo and trained a small number of local women who painstakingly embroider and embellish her creations.

The breathtaking dresses which have become her hallmark.

Originally from Belfast, Sara Perceval went to London to learn about the fashion industry. Starting as a machinist, she worked her way up to the level of designer. Her reputation as a designer really took off following a meeting with singer Shirley Bassey, whose requests for eye catching beaded dresses put Sara on the international stage.

Opening the beading and embroidery centre in Mayo meant Sara Perceval could spend more time with her father, and utilise local skills at the same time,

This part of the world, they’re very artistic.

The people of Mayo are being treated to a preview of the latest Sara Perceval collection at a gala fashion show Westport in aid of the Western Care Association. The haute couture which will grace the catwalk this evening is destined for the wardrobes of the rich, famous, and the aristocratic.

I dress quite a few princesses throughout the world.

This report for 'Ireland’s Eye’ was broadcast on 22 November 1982. The reporter is Jim Fahy.