Prestigious Irish fashion awards to be hosted by Galway’s Radisson Blu Hotel
By Sinead Farrell
The Radisson Blu Hotel has been selected to host The Irish Fashion Innovation Awards ceremony on Thursday March 28.This year marks the fourth Golden Egg Irish Fashion Innovation Awards, where newly emerging designer talents will have their efforts recognised. In honour of its fourth anniversary, organisers are offering bird tickets for €25 to the public. Tickets include pre-show drinks and canapés, goodie bags, and the awards ceremony along with a fantastic after-show party.
These awards are a launching pad for Ireland’s top designers and up this year up to 120 designers submitted their creations for the competition. A shortlist of aspiring designers and students from fashion colleges throughout the country will showcase their designs in the hope of being crowned winner across one of five categories- ‘Student Designer of the Year’, ‘Accessory Designer of the Year’, ‘Jewellery Designer of the Year’, ‘Millinery Designer of the Year’, ‘Fashion Designer of the Year’.
Shortlisted entries include students from national colleges such as National College of Art and Design, Limerick School of Art and Design, Galway Technical Institute, and University of Ulster.
Eight rising stars, including Laura Jayne Halton, who designed the Oscar red carpet dress for Kerry short film producer Fodhla Cronin O’ Reilly, will showcase their latest collection in the ‘Ones to Watch’ category.
Adjudicating on the night will be Eddie Shanahan, chairperson at the Council of Irish Fashion Designers, Lisa Brady, Sunday Business Post fashion journalist and Patricia McCrossan, managing director of Golden Egg Productions.
“We have a fantastic track record to date with some of Ireland’s best know designers making their national debut at the Golden Fashion Innovation Awards. Our “Designer of the Year” 2012, Natalie B Coleman has enjoyed huge success since the show last year, dressing Irish stars such as Kathryn Thomas, Sharon Corr, Charlene McKenna and Laura Whitmore,” said Patricia McCrossan.
For more information or to buy tickets for the event, contact 091-384350, log on to www.goldenegg.ie/events, or search ‘Irish Fashion Innovation Awards’ on Facebook.