'I love that Irish women take a real sense if pride in wearing Irish design', Irish Designer, Helen Cody
ARC Cancer Support Centre are celebrating 20yrs in 2014 and to celebrate, Irish fashion guru Eddie Shanahan is producing a fashion show which will be held in the RDS on the 10th March celebrating the best in Irish Fashion Design and emerging talent. I am really looking forward to heading along to this with Vivienne to support such a worthy cause and to see so many great Irish collections. In the lead-up to this event, I spoke with some of Ireland's top fashion designers about their careers to date and what we can expect at the show.
Helen Cody is one of my favourite Irish Designers, having worked for French Vogue and working at the helm of the industry in London, Paris and New York for more than a decade. In 2000, she returned to Ireland to set up her own fashion label, won the Late Late Show's 'Fashion Designer of the Future' award. She specialises in bespoke, couture pieces that are treated as individual pieces of hand crafted art and Helen won the Irish Tatler 'Designer of the Year' award in 2008.
How long have you been designing?
I have been designing for 14 years and prior to that, I was a fashion stylist for magazines and film.
Who has been your biggest influence?
My mother was a huge influence on me growing up as she was always making our clothes and taught me from a very young age how to sew, that and an early obsession with the dresses I would see in old movies inspired me to want to create my own.
What has been your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge, is maintaining high standards and delivering the best personal service to my clients, while offering them something utterly unique.
What are you most proud of?
I am most proud of my very discerning clients, without their support I would not be in business, I love that Irish women take a real sense if pride in wearing Irish design. I am lucky enough to have had my dresses worn on
the red carpet at the Cannes film festival, the Tony awards, the Oscars and countless film premiers. I don't value celebrities over my other clients, to me they are all VIPs! I am also lucky to be in many private collections, with one client creating a room in her home for her pieces.
What do you think of Irish womens' style?
I think Irish women have great style and they love to dress up!
What advice would you give to anyone starting out in Fashion Design?
My advise to anyone starting out after college is to travel, get as much experience as possible, learn by others mistakes, steal as many contacts as you can, be focused and open to all opportunities as you never know where
they might lead. Be willing to intern, as there will be more possibilities that way.
To purchase tickets, log onto https://www.facebook.com/ARCCancerSupport and support this great event! xo