Dublin’s Lisa Hogan announced as lead fashion judge for best dressed at Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby

by Rose Barrett
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Dubliner Lisa Hogan, one of the stars of Prime Video’s hugely popular series ‘Clarkson’s Farm,’ has been announced as the lead fashion judge for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Best Dressed Competition on Sunday, June 30.

The statuesque 6ft 2” blonde is a former model, actress, and artist, and is now the co-owner and founder of the ‘Diddly Squat Farm Shop’ located in Chadlington, in the heart of the west Oxfordshire Cotswold Hills.

Lisa is the partner of Jeremy Clarkson, the well-known broadcaster and media personality who stars in the show, ‘Clarkson’s Farm.’ The series follows Jeremy’s attempts to run a 1,000-acre farm in the countryside, contending with challenging weather, disobedient animals, and unresponsive crops, with Lisa by his side, often knee-high in mud, the series provides an entertaining view into their lives and the day-to-day challenges that farming life presents.

Born and raised in Dublin, but not from a farming background, Lisa embraced the farming life with enthusiasm, resilience and humour! Now, she will be swapping her muddy wellington boots for her Manolo Blahniks as she steps out on a different type of turf – the hallowed grounds of the Curragh Racecourse – to lead the fashion charge on Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Day.

“I am really looking forward to a fantastic day of style and glamour,” said Lisa. “The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh Racecourse is one of the most elegant days of the year, and I am really looking forward to seeing all the wonderful style on the day. Also, literally being on my own turf makes it even more special.”

Lisa will be joined in her search for the Best Dressed on the day by fashion writer Bairbre Power, and Alpana Cidambi and Breeda McLoughlin, representing title sponsor, Dubai Duty Free.

“I will be looking for glamour and elegance, “she continued. “It’s so wonderful to have the chance to see people all dressed up and of course I’m delighted to get off the farm for a while!”

Jeremy Clarkson and Lisa Hogan

Fellow judge, fashion writer Bairbre Power added, “I love to see individuality on show, and when a person dresses for themselves, their personality really shines through. Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Day is the most glamorous day of the Irish social calendar, and the competition for ‘Best Dressed’ will be at an all-time high.”

The Best Dressed person on the day will win a fabulous array of prizes courtesy of Dubai Duty Free, including return flights for two to Dubai with five glorious nights in Dubai Duty Free’s own five-star hotel, The Jumeirah Creekside, and €1,000 spending money at the award-winning airport retailer.

Despite living in rural England now, Lisa still maintains strong links with fashion and Ireland and regularly visits friends and family. Her mother is former well-known model, Arlene Underwood, who is now Dr Hogan and translating medieval latin charters.  Educated at Alexandra College in Milltown, Lisa later became a model, artist and actress. She also worked in the city of London in finance, banking and PR.  Her list of many achievements includes being cast by John Cleese in 1997’s Fierce Creatures. She is very close to her family and has three sisters, one of whom, Aoibhne does all of the artwork for the Diddly Squat Farm Shop.

The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby is the feature event of the festival of high-octane racing, where the best horses, jockeys, and trainers in the world compete for derby glory. The festival runs from Friday 28 to Sunday, June 30, with the Irish Derby itself taking place on Sunday 30.

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