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The designer Communion dress for [euro]65; COSTELLOE BRINGS ELEGANCE TO KIDS.

Byline: DEMELZA de BURCA news@irishmirror.ie

CASH-strapped parents' prayers have been answered - they no longer have to spend a fortune on Holy Communion frocks.

With just a week to go until he unveils his AW13 collection at London Fashion Week, Irish designer Paul Costelloe has created a beautiful collection of occasion dresses for little girls at Dunnes Stores.

Private boutiques are charging up to [euro]400 for a Communion dress. But mums and dads can now get the designer look for [euro]65.

The Dublin-born fashion guru has created a selection of contemporary designs produced using premium fabrics such as 100% silk.

A spokeswoman told the Irish Mirror yesterday: "Many of the he Irish Mirror f the dresses include exquisite detailing and embellishment while others are simply elegant.

"Paul Costelloe has also designed a range of f accessories to complement this very special collection of children's occasionwear exclusively for Dunnes Stores."

A recent survey by discount giant TK Maxx revealed 89% of Irish parents are looking for the best value for money when buying Communion wear for their child.

It also found 94% of Irish mums and dads believe far too much money is spent on Holy Communions, particularly for little girls.

TK Maxx is also encouraging parents to shop smart this year as it launched a range of Communion wear last month for as little as [euro]26.

Another survey conducted by Ulster Bank found the average family splashed [euro]744 on their child's Communion last year - a drop of 25% from [euro]1,000 in 2011.

The biggest chunk of cash paid out went on the outfit and accessories, which cost around [euro]179.

Another [euro]176 was lavished on clothes for the rest of the family.

Most parents were able to cover the cost of the celebrations.

But one in five resorted to using a credit card.

And one in eight families were so broke they financed at least part of the expense through moneylenders.

VERDICT

By DEMELZA de BURCA, Fashion Writer

CHILDREN wearing fake tan, designer dresses and travelling in limos all reeked of the grotesque elements of our recent Celtic Tiger past.

US reality TV show Toddlers And Tiaras hasn't a patch on an Irish First Holy Communion bash.

As with all good fashion advice, less is more. Bin the bling and treat your little angel to a chic dress that won't break the bank.

Many of the dresses include exquisite detailing, others are simply elegant DUNNES SPOKESWOMAN OCCASION CARDIGAN:[euro]20 IVORY FUR BOLERO: [euro]22 WHITE VEIL , SATIN TRIM:[euro]15 EMBROIDERED & BEAD GLOVES: [euro]10 IVORY FLOWER BAG: [euro]15 WER FLOWER HAIR BAND: [euro]7

CAPTION(S):

SIMPLE White flower dress at [euro]65

STYLE Paul Costelloe

BETTER VALUE Dunnes Stores
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Date:Feb 12, 2013
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