“I had a mini-heart attack when lady Gaga contacted me” she admits. Lady Gaga is the perfect customer for me because there is no creative boundaries and it’s exposed my work to a much greater audience than I ever imagined,” said O’Raghallaigh.
6. Tim Ryan
Ryan is a native of Tipperary, but the fashion designer is now based out of London. Like many of the other shining stars on our list, he is a success story from the Limerick fashion scene.
The designer says, “I had been knitting since I was a child; my mother used to knit quite a lot so there was always yarn in the house. Knitwear is where my technique lay, and what I always found easy to do."
The designer says he could do it without resources and would simply walk into a thrift store, pick up some some wool and create something. Ryan moved to London in 2005 and decided to structure his work differently and show it as seasonal, ready-to-wear collections. He appears to be putting the sexy back into knitting, saying there’s a huge variety of fibers and wools available which lend themselves to lighter and sexier fabrics.
His Facebook here.
7. Natalie B Coleman
Another fashionista to emerge from the Limerick School of Art and Design and Central Saint Martins of London, she has since worked under “Three As Four” in New York. She recently established her own fashion business and label.
Mary J Blige has one of her butter soft leather jackets, but the Monaghan native claims her client's celebrity status does not faze her.
“I don’t get too excited about it; I mean it’s great to see them wearing my clothes but I don’t get starstruck.” The IrishCentral team think 2014 is going to be an exciting year for this designer.
8. Colin Horgan
His ‘FC13’ (first collection 2013) created an interesting take on femininity tapping into a new sense of what is sexy. Sheer fabrics give a sense of sensuality and coupled with indelible leather provide strong shape and alluring strength.
Horgan is currently in college, studying for a BA in Fashion Design, but has already designed and shown two collections, FC2013 (first collection 2013) and his SS14 collection. Colin Horgan has worked extensively with Scandinavian fashion designers including Johanna Phil and David Andersen
9. Sinéad Doyle
Doyle has studied at both Limerick College of Art and Design and the London College of Fashion, specializing in digital print, pattern-cutting, and tailoring. She has focused on both menswear and womenswear, but currently designs for the fairer sex at her studio in Dublin.
Having studied corsetry and couture finishing in Italy, she uses that knowledge to create structured and contemporary womenswear.
Doyle’s first collection was launched at Dublin Fashion Week August 2008. More recently she won the Irish Newcomer of the Year 2011 award at Kerry Fashion Week.
Autumn/ Winter 2013 marks a turning point for the label with Ryan returning to Italy for manufacturing to achieve the perfect finish and quality demanded by the luxurious fabrics in her collection. We expect big things from this designer in 2014.
10. Sean Byrne
Another star on the fashion scene in Ireland is Sean Byrne and we here at IrishCentral expect the designer to make waves this side of the Atlantic in 2014. Sean Byrne Couture is the award winning label created by Sean Byrne in 2009.
This label features deluxe tailoring, high quality couture made in Dublin. These fine pieces are created with a focus on exquisite fabrics, beautiful design and an uncompromising devotion to quality. Named Irish Designer of the Year in 2009, Byrne has dressed many well known celebrities for red carpet functions, including Irish actress Sarah Greene. His designs have also appeared on Hollywood's red carpet – he dressed nominated Irish make-up artist Lynn Johnston for the 2012 Oscars.
Sean byrne is available privately from his salon at 27 Drury st, Dublin 2.
Here is some of the designers work www.seanbyrnecouture.com