Francis Keane’s Fashion Legacy – Jamaica Observer

Miss Jamaica World 1978 Joan McDonald served looks in a turquoise Francis Keane cutwork embroidery dress. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

Tuesday Style Fashion (TSF) continues the celebration of trailblazer and pioneer in the fashion industry, Jamaican Olga Francis Keane, by spotlighting some of the standout looks from the fashion show presented at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel on Saturday, September 10, 2022.

Francis Keane’s signature style was cutwork embroidery, one of the most difficult skills for a seamstress to master. Her couture cutwork embroidery involved freestyle sketching unique patterns directly onto fabric.

The edit showcased at the tribute featured wedding gowns, cocktail dresses, jackets and of course cutwork embroidery.

TSF shares a few looks. For more information re the Dudley & Olga Francis Keane Fashion Foundation

Contact: Jennifer ‘Joy’ Francis Keane

Phone: (305) 498-6705


Communications specialist Roxene Nickle models a Francis Keane bridal gown that features her signature cutwork embroidery. The gown was initially made for Olga Francis Keane’s daughter Fay Keane-Headley (in the background of the photo with husband Dr Allan Headley). (Photo: Garfield Robinson )

Chef/patron of Moveable Feast Caterers Michele Williams graced the runway in a more relaxed bridal ‘fit which displays the designer’s signature cutwork embroidery. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

General manager of Potpourri Plus Cheryl Lawson donned a gown with a sweetheart neckline. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

Audrey Burgess-Barakat, the first Miss Jamaica Fashion model, strutted down the runway in a cutwork embroidery ensemble. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

Grandaughter of Olga Francis Keane Jahmela Headley delivered in a chic all-white number. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

Roxene Nickle sported classic Francis Keane. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

A tangerine dream cutwork embroidery was worn by Roxene Nickle. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

Founder of Sooho Accessories Nadine Allen-Ho walked in a Francis Keane, African-inspired tailored shirt dress. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

The inimitable Audrey Burgess-Barakat in a Francis Keane printed two-piece ensemble with complementary head wrap. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

About the author


Leave a Comment