They say that achieving success within the multi-billion dollar fashion industry is simply a romantic notion; a far-off fantasy which evades even the brightest star in the sky.
Undeniably, that is the case for many. But there is a skilful fashion designer from Eskra whose creations are so unique that she is making waves right across the competitive and oftentimes cold industry.
Indeed through tempered hard work, commitment and years of studying, the Tyrone lady has even won the hearts of revered luxury designer, ‘Louis Vuitton’, who have selected her to work for them in Paris come the dawn of the New Year.
Readers, meet Victoria Lyons: The girl who dared to dream.
These are hugely exciting times for the 23-year-old, who has only recently graduated from Kingston University in London with a First Class Honours in Fashion.
Victoria laughed when she explained that, due to how busy she has been over the summer designing a bespoke dress for a client, that her holidays are really just beginning now. But is she all set for Paris?
“I’m getting there!” Victoria said. “I’m so excited to move as it is a beautiful city. “Although, I thought living in London for university was expensive… Paris is a whole other rocket of rent!”
Victoria, an only child of Bernie and Ralph, was born and raised on a bustling farm in Eskra in December 1995.
Her father is a farmer, and her mother boasts a long history working with textiles. As such, Victoria fondly remembers her mother travelling to-and-from the smoking city of London regularly as part of her job.
“My mum was very much an inspiration for me, and the direction that I took in terms of career,” Victoria explained. “If there’s ever anything that I’m unsure about, whether it’s creating a pattern or cutting a fabric, I’m straight on the phone to her!
“I couldn’t have got as far as I have without both of my parents, who have been highly supportive of me through everything.” Victoria recalls a love of art from her time spent at both McClintock Primary School in Seskinore, and later, Drumragh Integrated College, where she studied right up until GSCE level.
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