Dressing the Celtic Soul Book Review – Celebration of the Irish Dance Dress

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Dressing the Celtic Soul, from Craggane Designs and Linda Perry Cooper and Rosemary Cooper, presents a contemporary Irish dance costume look book with enchanting photography, mythical dresses, poems and prose, all set against lush landscapes and majestic seas.

Part fashion catalog filled with seasonal Irish dance costumes and part ode to the Irish soul, Dressing the Celtic Soul, unfolds with dreamlike mystery as each page presents a modern, beautifully styled, hand-stitched design accompanied by prose and poetry by many of literature's most renown writers.

Edinburgh Pocket Guide Travel Book Review – Clear, Complete, Sightseeing Made Easy

"We were deeply inspired by design elements and concepts ranging from our own ancestral lineage and historic cultures all the ways through fandoms and emerging fashion trends. We have created a new genre of Irish dance dress that respects the past while pushing the boundaries of convention, "Rosemary Cooper says." We also looked to the traditional craft and "maker" cultures, we love to transform raw materials and push the potentials of fabrics and threads."

Dressing the Celtic Soul bridges the gap between competition costumes for elite Irish dancers and garments that explore the depth of fantasy.

Blue Hope Book Review – Sylvia A. Earle’s Ode to the Majestic, Exquisite, Dazzling Ocean

Deconstructing the traditional Irish concept of elaborate story dresses that told myths in the form of applique and embroidery, the created sketches influenced by the Celtic and Mainland European worlds an re-forged the bond between traditional design elements conceptual designs a and more stylized ideas.

Divided into five sections, "Meadow," "Forest," "Sea," "Henge," and "Hearth," the dresses are designed to capture the allure of a by-gone era, to transport in both vision and style, and to provide a costume which is traditional, meets requirements for competition dance, and elevates the dancer into her magical world.

Rough Guides Berlin Book Review – Introduces a Gritty, Historical, Sophisticated City

Page after page of beautiful designed dresses, all exquisite, adorned with jewels, beads, sequins, lace, piping, embroidery, and the powerful crest, symbols of clans and heritage. Set against the land of their ancestors, the dazzling images invoke the mysteries of the seas, the history of Ireland and people, traditions and customs that have enchanted the world over.

Presenting the images in a dreamscape, the Coopers collaborated with leading lights in fantasy photographer Bella Kotak to complete their vision of fantasy photography.

Rough Guide Copenhagen Travel Book Review – Showcases Thriving Scandinavian City

The inspiration to undertake this labor of love grew from Ms. Perry Cooper's extensive professional background of creative work including decades of opera and ballet design and construction. This included the Public Opera of Dallas, University of Georgia, Southern Methodist University, Dallas Children's Theater, Dallas Theater Center, City Ballet, Dallas, Iverin Irish Dance Company, Niall O'Leary Irish Dance Company. She also founded her own line of romantically inspired bespoke children's clothes.

Her daughter Rosemary, a competitive Irish dancer who earned her TCRG (Gaelic Teagascóir Choimisiúin le Rinci Gaelacha) is a multi-titled regional champion in traditional Irish music and is the Assistant Director and soloist for the Isadora Duncan International Institute. In 2007 the two began Craggane Designs Irish Dance Dresses in New York City.

Dressing the Celtic Soul, with more than 100 pages, stirs the heart of every Irish dance lover, Celtic dreamer, and romanticist. Available at fine bookstores, at Amazon and through CragganeDesigns.com.


All images courtesy of Craggane Designs and used with permission.

Haute Tease

  • DOCASA, Inc. Secures New Coffee Shop Location in London West End's Iconic Arts Theatre

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    DOCASA, Inc. (OTCQB: DCSA), through its award-winning subsidiary Department of Coffee and Social Affairs Limited in the United Kingdom ("UK"), announces the securing of a new coffee shop location in The Arts Theatre situated in London's world famous West End.   

  • Beltway Insider: Looking Back/Fifty Days of Trump; Cyber/Wiretapping; US AG’s Fired; Russia; Germany; Biden SXSW

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Trump Presidency has recently passed Day 50 with it a tale of two presidencies vividly emerge one of appointments, executive orders, foul ups and tweets followed by resignations, criticisms, impeachment efforts, media bans, great solidarity, and, of course, Russia.

  • Trendy Gear For Tots Review - Gifts To Keep Your Child Organized, Comfortable, Creative and Safe

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    From fun in the sun to getting organized for school, today's tots need stuff…lots and lots of stuff. Here's a list of cool tools that'll ensure your kid is covered on multiple fronts. Staying organized, stylish, fed and fit is child's play with this assortment perfect for the little ones in your life.

  • Beltway Insider: Obama/Israel; Putin/Trump; Welcome 2017; Istanbul; Queen Elizabeth; Debbie Reynolds/Carrie Fisher

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Obama has not backed away from his resolution to hold Israel to a two-state solution even as Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has moved to reassess the nation's relationship with the United Nations and the United States.

  • From Cannes: Belgian Canneseries Contender 'The Twelve' To Have Its World Premiere on April 8th

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Two episodes of the ten-part Belgian series The Twelve, from the writers of the Netflix hit Beau Sejour, will have its world premiere in the official competition at the second edition of CANNESERIES (April 5 - 10 2019).

  • Tom Ridge, former Homeland Security Secretary, Headlines Espionage Expert Panel

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The National Spy Museum in Washington, D.C.,  during the 2010 SALT film junket, hosted a panel of espionage experts featuring Director of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, former U.S. Intelligence officer and Middle East Counterterrorism Expert, Melissa Mahle, Kirk Whitworth, Director of Communications and Analysis under the Bush Administration and Operative and former KGB General Oleg Kalugin.

  • Todd Eberle, New York Artist, Opens His Cosmos Gallery Show In Mexico City

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Todd Eberle is an acclaimed New York City-based photographer whose work is united by a clean and analytical minimalist aesthetic, his newest collection brought to life through the thought "Nihil fit ex nihilo - nothing comes from nothing." 

  • Machiavélisme ou Diplomatie

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Si le rapprochement des deux Corée permettra d'apaiser les tensions qui paralysent la région, le renvoi de la dénucléarisation de la Corée du Nord à un avenir indéterminé offre à Kim Jong Un un moyen de pression à même d'influer sur les négociations actuelles ou à venir.  

  • The Favourite – A Devilishly Dark Comedic Drama

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Favourite, from 20th Century Fox, presents the story of 18th Century England, when war and excess raged, and ambitions from the women left to advise and serve the Queen drove them to scandalous and naughty ways.

  • Prince, the Rock Pop Super Star, has Died

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Prince, the cultural icon, known for his provocative lyrics, his intense passion for the electric guitar which earned him comparison to the late iconic Jimi Hendrix, and his dedication to the creative process and music making, has died. He was 57.

  • Proverb: A Story of the Second Civil War – Finish The Summer with A Real Political Thriller

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Proverb: A Story of the Second Civil War, a novel by Brian McCracken, the first volume of a trilogy,  is the story of family, loyalty to country, changing times and the damage, devastation and alienation polarized thinking produces.

  • Fab Fare and Frivolity at Barton G Los Angeles (Exclusive Interview)

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Barton G Los Angeles, the whimsical driven epicurean experience that boasts A-list chic ambiance juxtaposed with dramatic, over-the-top presentation serves crave-worthy fare, and caters to the ever-elusive, entertainment industry’s elite guarantees a one-of-a-kind dining experience.

  • PEOPLE Exclusive: Mom Raises Her 2-Year-Old Daughter in Prison Nursery: 'This Is My Second Chance'

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    For a brief moment on a rainy weekday morning in Gig Harbor, Washington, Karen Garcia looks like any other mom getting her 2-year-old daughter ready for the day ahead. But Garcia's life with her daughter, Aryanna, is far from typical.

  • Valentine’s Day Gift Giving - The Eiffel Tower’s Diamond Lights

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Every night, for the first five minutes of every hour, 20,000 bulbs make Eiffel Tower sparkle in the Parisian sky. Having reached the end of their useful lives, 450 of these bulbs have been taken down and made into outstanding ornaments.

  • The Midway Gallery Presents: She Bends: Women in Neon April 5, 2018 - June 2, 2018

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Midway Gallery is pleased to present She Bends: Women in Neon, the largest, most inclusive all-female neon exhibition ever assembled. Curated by Bay Area neon artist Meryl Pataky She Bends features 32 artists who challenge convention.