The Event

The Council of Irish Fashion Designers is organising its second Irish Fashion Summit on Saturday 18th of November 2017 at The Westbury to provide an opportunity for Irish fashion designers to discuss key challenges in developing and managing fashion design businesses at a challenging and disruptive time in both Irish and international markets.

The Irish Fashion Summit will feature stimulating presentations from speakers with both Irish and international experience across a wide range of issues including design, innovation,retail, media and online trading & promotion.

Guests will also have the opportunity to contribute ideas and ask question during a special Open Forum.

The audience will include designers, representatives from state agencies, fashion colleges and media.


Arrival & Refreshments

10.00 am Registration and refreshments in The Grafton Suite @ The Westbury

10.20 am Guests are seated


10.30 am Welcome – Eddie Shanahan, Chairperson CIFD

10.35 am Official Opening of Irish Fashion Summit by Breege O’Donoghue Chairperson, Design & Crafts Council of Ireland

10.45 am Response by Niamh O’Neill Board Member CIFD

10.50 am Ashleigh Smith – CEO & Creative Director, The Atlantic Equipment Project


11.15 am Refreshments in The Grafton Suite


11.40 am Lorna Ross, Group Design Director, Fjord Dublin

12.20 pm Summit Soapbox

Innovation, provocation, experience and ideas from

Carolyn Moore (journalist), Louise Brennan (retailer),

Niamh O’Neill (designer) and Agata Stoinska (photographer & new media entrepreneur)


1.00 pm Open Forum – discussion and debate between panel and audience.


1.25 pm Closing remarks by Eddie Shanahan, Chair of CIFD

1.30 pm Irish Fashion Summit ends


There is no attendance fee and membership of CIFD is not necessary to attend the Summit. Accreditation is strictly limited to bona fide Irish fashion designers and selected guests.


For accreditation or additional enquiries contact:

The Irish Fashion Summit at info@irishfashionsummit.com or

Eddie Shanahan at edmundshanahan@gmail.com or

Niamh O’Neill at info@niamoneill.com

The Westbury Dublin renowned for it's attention to international food and cuisine.

2 Balfe Street, Dublin 2, Ireland

Irish Fashion Designers Federation Company Limited By Guarantee.
Trading as the Council of Irish Fashion Designers
Registered No. 587825. Registered Office : 9 Clare Street, Dublin 2, Ireland.
Directors : Heidi Higgins (Secretary), Aoife Kirwan (Treasurer), Niamh O’Neill (Media), Katie O’Riordan (Membership), Edmund Shanahan (Chairperson).
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