All systems go for Trilogy event

Organisers of next week’s Dublin Trilogy tennis, fashion and music event have today announced further details for the extravaganza which will see a host of stars from the world of tennis and fashion descend on the capital’s RDS. Propriety Management, the organisers of The Trilogy, have confirmed they were unable to secure an A list act for the music leg of the unique event, but as a result the big name models will be joined by six of the competing tennis players on the catwalk for a Fashion Show on Wednesday, December 4.
The following day will see the start of a Ryder Cup style event pitching Europe’s best against the USA’s finest for the Collins Cup, with three days of action featuring the Venus and Serena Williams, Anna Kournikova, Monica Seles, Jennifer Capriati and Jelena Dokic. Sean Collins, Managing Director of Propriety Management, confirmed the world’s top women’s tennis players had reported fit and well and will be arriving in Dublin from Monday next. He said: “Everything is in place and Dublin will see the top stars of tennis and fashion next week.”

Collins said the music element of The Trilogy was being rolled into the Fashion Show which will be a ‘spectacular event’. The Irish group Anuna, currently appearing in New York, are being flown to Dublin to present a spectacular Celtic Suite at the Fashion Show. The decision to combine the fashion and music elements of The Trilogy was taken in the past week. He added: “The whole concept of The Trilogy was to bring the biggest stars in tennis, fashion and music to Dublin. We have done this with the tennis and fashion elements. When it became clear to us that the very top pop music act would not be available to come to Dublin at this time we decided, very reluctantly, to combine the fashion and music into one spectacular event.”

The show, produced by Julian Benson, will include a runway presentation of top Irish and international designers including Escada, John Rocha, Louise Kennedy and Maraid Whisker and an entertainment special including musical performances by Anuna, Soprano Mirriam Blennerhasset and a performance by The Basados Ballet Company. Collins also confirmed that leading supermodels Tyra Banks, Sophie Dahl, Aimee Mullins and Jodie Kidd will be joined on the catwalk by Irish models including Natasha Byram, Vivienne Connolly and Lizanna Kirwan and tennis stars Kournikova, Schett, Dokic, Daniella Hantuchova, Iva Majoli, and Lindsay Davenport.

This will be the first time all six ladies have been on a catwalk with supermodels of this calibre, and the tennis players are very excited about their catwalk appearance. Barbara Schett admitted: “It’s my first time to be on the catwalk and I’m very excited. We would probably feel more comfortable if they were on the court with us! It’s going to be fun!” Venus Willimas revealed: “I’ve never been to Ireland before and I’ve never been involved with an event like this before incorporating fashion, music and tennis. It’s gonna be very different and I’m really looking forward to it!”

The Chernobyl Children’s Project will benefit from The Trilogy events. The International Fashion Show Extravaganza launches The Trilogy at the RDS on Wednesday December 4 – Doors open at 7pm and the Fashion Show starts at 8.30pm. This will be followed by the Europe v USA tennis event on December 5, 6 and 7. Zina Garrison (USA) and Annabel Croft (Europe) will captain the sides.

Tickets are available from Ticketmaster on and on 1890 925 100, and range from €50 to €100. Corporate boxes are available for all three events. Official corporate hospitality is available from CSL Associates. Tel: (01) 6766650 or on