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11th May 2014

Imelda May Launches The Incredible ‘Buy My Dress’ Campaign In Aid Of Down Syndrome Centres

The rockabilly star fronts the campaign for yet another year.


Rockabilly sensation Imelda May has launched this year’s Buy My Dress campaign in aid of Down Syndrome Centres.

Now in its sixth year, Buy My Dress, which is supported by Kellogg’s Special K, invites females of all ages to dig out once-loved pieces from their wardrobes and donate to the one-day, pop-up sales taking place around the country.

Imelda, who is celebrating her fourth album ‘Tribal’ at the number one slot in the Irish charts for the second week in a row, had to say goodbye to some of her most beloved dresses when she had luggage stolen.

“I had a suitcase stolen from me and it had all the good stuff in it. The dress I wore to the Grammys, loads of dresses I got made for videos.

“So I’m trying to build up another wardrobe. It was all my really good stuff.

“Stupidly I left a dressing room sticker on the front so it might as well have waved at a thief.”

Imelda May launches 2014’s Buy My Dress campaign with the help of Ava Leahy.

The 39-year-old has hopes to recover the stolen items with some help from her bandmates.

“They are searching eBay for them, so fingers crossed”.

Imelda and guitarist husband, Darrel Higham, have some other than music to keep them occupied, little daughter Violet who turns two in August.

The ‘Road Runner‘ singer admits that she hopes to keep one or two items for Violet however jokes that she is prepared for her daughter to hate them.

“I would like to keep dresses for Violet, the old 50s ball gowns. She might become a tomboy and probably hate them. But there is loads of stuff I would keep”.

Life on the road is no hassle for this toddler Imelda reveals, as her little roadie “loves the tour bus”.

“She goes crazy for music. She walks in front of the jukebox at home and bangs it till we turn it on. Darrel think she loves Bill Haley and I think she likes The Ramones and Violent Femmes.

“Darrel is thrilled because she keeps pointing at Elvis and saying, ‘Daddy'”.

Adorable: Ava and Imelda share a joke.

Dress donations for 2014’s Buy My Dress events have already been flying in over the past number of months and shoppers can expect a fantastic range of high-street and designer dresses to choose from.

As usual, Irish and international celebs have been more than generous with their donations this year, with fabulous dresses from the well-known faces including singers Pixie Lott and Ellie Goulding, presenters Grainne Seoige,  Sile Seoige, Lucy Kennedy and Lorraine Keane, and entrepreneur Caroline Downey.

Funds raised through Buy My Dress Sales go directly to the Down Syndrome Centre to help support families and children born with Down Syndrome. With the opening of the new centre this year, Buy My Dress 2014 will further help provide much needed facilities and services that have been dramatically cut in the current economy.

Buy My Dress sales will take place in the RDS in Dublin, as well as Cork, Galway, Limerick, Athlone, Wexford and Waterford from 11.00am to 5.00pm on Sunday 25th May 2014. Prices will range between €10 – €50.

For more information visit to find the event closest to you.