The Event

The Irish Fashion Summit takes place at The Westbury (Dublin) on Saturday 16th. November. It is organised by the Council of Irish Fashion Designers and sponsored by Peter Mark. The Summit provides a forum for Irish fashion designers, educators, state agencies and media to discuss key challenges and innovative responses for developing and managing fashion design businesses at a disruptive time in the marketplace.

The Summit will feature stimulating presentations across a wide range of issues including design, marketing, media, inspiration & process and sustainability. Attendees will also have the opportunity to contribute ideas and ask questions during a special Open Forum.


Arrival & Refreshments

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

10.20 am Guests are seated


10.30 am A Different Opening – Eddie Shanahan, Chairperson CIFD

10.50 am Andrew Bradley* Owner Bradley Brand & Design, Board Member DCCOI

11.30 am Refreshments in The Grafton Suite

12.00 noon Eilis Boyle*, Head of Design & Research, Kinzen

12.30 pm Isobel Egan* Ceramic Artist

1.00 pm Summit Soapbox -Innovation, provocation, ideas from Jill & Gill (illustrators & printmakers) and Katie O’Riordan (owner / designer Theo + George)

1.20 pm Open Forum – questions to speakers and comments from attendees

1.30 pm Summit closes

* each presentation will be followed by a short Q & A session.


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 registration contact:


For media and other enquiries contact :

Eddie Shanahan at edmundshanahan@gmail.com or

Niamh O’Neill at info@niamoneill.com

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 (Finance ), Niamh O’Neill (Media), Katie O’Riordan (Membership), Edmund Shanahan (Chairperson).
VAT No. : IE 3429630GH