Get ‘all dressed up’ for your own portrait – while supporting our services!

The phenomenally talented artist Karen Hickey is creating one-off, bespoke portraits for people around Ireland – all in aid of our services helping women enter employment.

She has created the ‘All Dressed up and Nowhere to Go’ portrait series which will run throughout June in which she will be accepting portrait commissions, and donating 20 per cent of all proceeds directly to DfSD.

Karen spoke to us and explained where the idea came from: “With the current social distancing measures and restrictions on gatherings in place, we don’t have much of an opportunity to get dressed up for any occasions. I wanted to create an opportunity for people to do just that – to dress up, to have their portrait created and capture a moment in time, all while supporting a vital charity and the women that they serve.”

To keep everyone safe and adhere to social distancing, studies for the portraits will be made by using three or four photos of the portrait subject ‘all dressed up’.

If you’re interested in a bespoke portrait, go “all out” she said. “Find a costume. Put on your finery. Maybe you were planning to attend the Bloomsday Festival – find your cravat or wear flowers in your hair. Whether it is big jewellery or your fanciest hat, or most wildly patterned waistcoat, these portraits will be about having fun.”

Portrait Packages

There are three packages to choose from which are available for booking until 30th June, with 20 per cent of each type going to support the work of DfSD:

  • 21cm x 29.7cm (A4) on paper (unframed) costing €100
  • 60cm x 80cm on paper (unframed) costing €230.
  • 2ft x 4ft on board (framed) costing €800.
Sonya Lennon, as painted by artist Karen Hickey

Karen has recently created a portrait of our founder Sonya Lennon. She is delighted with her portrait and is encouraging everyone who can to get involved: “I’m very excited about this initiative from such a talented artist. Everyone at Dress for Success is hugely grateful for Karen’s support and we are all very much looking forward to seeing the work that she produces. Karen has painted my portrait and I’m thrilled with the outcome. Her style is just so fun and colourful – exactly what we need right now.

“It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of getting ‘all dressed up’ and jump on any opportunity to do so! This initiative is a brilliant reason to throw on your glitziest pieces and buy a unique piece of art that you’ll always have, while also supporting the work of DfSD in helping women to secure employment – work that is now more important than ever before.

“On behalf of everyone at DfSD, thank you Karen for your support!”

Portraits can be commissioned by emailing, with three or four photos of subjects ‘all dressed up’. Photos should be taken from head to waist.