Fashion designer to the stars Don O' Neill spoke to Maura Derrane and Dáithí O Sé on RTÉ One, live from his home in Brooklyn earlier this week.

The 54-year-old designer, who hails from Ballyheigue in Co. Kerry, joined the Today Show along with his husband Pascal Guillermie. The two are both US citizens now and have been based there for the past 27 years.

Speaking with Maura and Dáithí, Don reflected on last week's monumental inauguration and how he hopes President Joe Biden will be a healing force on the country.

"A wonderful feeling of hope spreading out across the country. I know the country was bitterly divided during the election...but I truly believe that President Biden has a has a wonderful agenda of healing and he really wants to bring the country back together again.    

"He's been undoing a lot of things that just didn't sit right with people on gender equality, racial inequality, climate," he continued. "The temperature has come down....There has been so much misinformation and conspiracy theories. You just have to listen to him and hear his words and you know he's sincere.

"He's using the right words and people are hearing those words and hence the temperature is coming down and there is a sense of calm. which we really needed here."

The Kerry man has built a reputation for himself over the years, creating glamourous evening wear worn by everyone from Oprah to Meghan Markle.

Speaking on his impressive career, O'Neill referenced some of his career highlights including the time he was summoned to Oprah's New York hotel suite at the eleventh hour to make last minute adjustments to a dress he had designed for her. Not to mention the time Meghan Markle 'fell in love' with one of his designs.

Other celebrities O'Neill has worked with include Julia Roberts, Taylor Swift, Khloe Kardashian and Carrie Underwood. 

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Reflecting on one of the more memorable moments of his career, O'Neill spoke of the time that Meghan Markle wore one of his pieces in Tonga: "It was such an opportunity, they were trusting me do this." 

He only had three days to make the gown and had to get a lot of details approved. It was very last minute and Don had to run to the UPS office to get it onto the last shipment that night to make it to the palace on time. 

He has had "such Pinch-Me-Moments to see these incredible celebrities wearing his dresses."  

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Don is now using lockdown to write his inspiring life story which will cover his upbringing in Co. Kerry, his move to Paris to break into the fashion world, where he worked with the legendary Christian Lacroix and his meteoric rise to the top of the US fashion scene.

The book will include Don's life's work to date, and Maura and Dáithí showed one of his first ever garment sketches on the show, a coat his looked great on his sister.