Thursday March 10

Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Galway


Drinks Reception from 7pm
Show Starts at 8pm Sharp


Goldenegg Productions, publishers of the monthly glossy magazine GALWAYnow and biannual WEDDINGSnow, are proud to present this prestigious event. Goldenegg Productions continually aspire to showcase the most cutting-edge designers, giving up-and-coming designers an invaluable connection to the public.


The Irish Fashion Innovation Awards presented by Goldenegg Productions is acontest for fashion designers and fashion students, showcasing the highest expression of creativity from the most innovative designers in Ireland. Recognised as a launching pad for Ireland’s top designers, the event attracts entries from up-and-coming fashion creatives competing for the prestigious awards.


The brainchild of Patricia McCrossan of Goldenegg Productions, the awards give visibility, support and a voice to design talent throughout Ireland, offering an unrivalled opportunity for their work to be shown to a jury made up of fashion design experts.


“The Goldenegg Irish Fashion Innovation Awards are unique in Ireland and they are seen as providing a rite of passage for many of our top designers as they make their way up the rungs of the fashion ladder. We have a fantastic track record to date with some of Ireland’s best known designers making their national debut at the Goldenegg Irish Fashion Innovation Awards,” explains Patricia. Previous winners include Natalie B. Coleman, Una Burke, Niamh O’ Neill, Martha Lynn and Mark T. Burke.



All finalists will be profiled in
GALWAYnow Magazine
and receive radio and television press coverage,
in addition to becoming part of the magazine’s online
database of talent. One overall winner from each
category will be selected by the judging panel on
the night of the event. The winner will be chosen by
secret ballot and will be announced at the Irish Fashion
Innovation Awards ceremony in the the Radisson Blu
Hotel & Spa, Galway on March 10 2016.


A shortlist of aspiring designers and students from fashion
colleges throughout the country will showcase their top
designs in the hope of being crowned winner across six


Student Designer of the Year 2016
Accessory Designer of the Year 2016
Jewellery Designer of the Year 2016
Millinery Designer of the Year 2016
Fashion Designer of the Year 2016
Innovation Award Winner 2016

Student Designer of the Year 2016
The competition is open to students currently enrolled on a fashion design course at a recognised college in Ireland. A different design brief is set each year and given to the colleges to create a unique design to match the brief. Each college will be asked to select 4 entries to represent their college as finalists at the Irish Fashion Innovation Awards 2016. Submissions must include a formal sketch representation of the design, accompanied by working drawings to illustrate cut and detail and fabric samples. The winner will also receive €1000 in prize money.


Accessory Designer of the Year 2016
Designers must present a collection of six pieces of which three will be chosen to appear on the catwalk. Designers may submit in one of the following categories – bags, footwear, printed/woven scarves or shawls. Designers will be judged on innovation, design integrity, quality of materials and workmanship.


Jewellery Designer of the Year 2016
Designers must present a collection of six pieces of which three will be chosen to appear on the catwalk. Jewellery may be made using precious or semi precious metals and stones, glass, wood, leather, synthetics, fabric or felted materials.
Designers will be judged on innovation, design integrity, quality of materials and workmanship.


Millinery Designer of the Year 2016
Designers must present a collection of six pieces of which three will be chosen to appear on the catwalk. Colour is strongly encouraged, along with unusual shapes and

sizes. Designers will be judged on innovation, design integrity, quality of materials and workmanship.


Fashion Designer of the Year 2016
Designers will be required to provide six complete outfits to be presented as a ‘collection’.


Innovation Award 2016
This award is presented to one of the winning designers to acknowledge their innovative and unique style of design. Shortlisted entries include students from national colleges such as National College of Art and Design, Limerick School of Art and Design, Galway Technical Institute, University of Ulster, Griffith College and North West Regional College.


Five rising stars will showcase their latest collections in the ‘Ones to Watch’ category and a special Innovation Award will recognise creativity and innovation in the designers’ collections.


Judges on the night include Eddie Shanahan, Chairperson at the Council of Irish Fashion Designers, Deirdre McQuillan, Irish Times Fashion Editor and Patricia McCrossan, Managing Director of Goldenegg Productions.


The glitzy event begins with a champagne reception with decadent bites from RAW – Sushi in the Sky. Guests mingle in the luxurious surroundings before they take their seats for an action packed night of fashion and fun. An after party will wrap up the night with a DJ and cocktails until the early hours.


Finalists from each category will be selected in January 2016 to come to Galway on March 10 2016 for
the final of Irish Fashion Innovation Awards in the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Galway.

Who attended the Irish Fashion Innovation Awards 2015?

Local and national fashion designers
Buyers and fashion industry executives
Personal shoppers and stylists
Local and national press
Fashion bloggers
Affluent consumers from every county in Ireland
Socialites and celebrities
Professional photographers and models


Previous Judges:
Bairbre Power, Fashion Editor of The Irish Independent
Deirdre Mc Quillan, Fashion Editor of The Irish Times
Lisa Brady, Fashion Journalist at the Sunday Business Post
Constance Harris, Fashion Editor of The Sunday Independent
Eddie Shanahan, Chairperson at the Council of Irish Fashion Designers
Patricia Mc Crossan, Managing Director of Golden Egg Productions


Show Producer:
Eddie Shanahan is a consultant specialising in fashion, retail and lifestyle. He works with a host of high profile clients including designers, state agencies, blue chip corporations and emerging talent in both the Irish and international marketplaces.

Press Coverage

Throughout the years, the Irish Fashion Innovation Awards has maintained strong links with local and
national media partners through collaboration with newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs, TV and radio stations.

Press Coverage 2015:
Nationwide – a full 30 minute programme devoted to the IFIA’S 2015
Galway Bay FM
Irish Independent Weekend Magazine
Sunday Independent Life Magazine
The Irish Independent
The Herald
The Sunday Business Post
The Galway Advertiser
The Galway Independent
The Connacht Tribune
The Tuam Herald
The Mayo People
The Westmeath Examiner
RSVP Magazine


Weekly coverage in local and regional newspapers over a 6 week period leading up to the event


Several top fashion bloggers
Goldenegg Productions Facebook page received 150,000 likes to the post event images


With an increased focus on our social media platforms and media partnerships, the Irish Fashion Innovation Awards saw dramatic growth in engagement across all social media properties last year.

Previous Winners

Niamh O'Neill

Niamh O’Neill

Rebecca Marsden

Rebecca Marsden

Jill de burca

Jill de burca

Capulet & Montague

Capulet & Montague

Blaithin Ennis

Blaithin Ennis

Caithriona King

Caithriona King

Lisa Ryder

Lisa Ryder

Niamh O’Neill –
Fashion Designer of the Year 2013
“Winning the Fashion Designer of the Year Award at the Irish Fashion Innovation Awards really helped me to establish my label here in Ireland. It gave the Niamh O’Neill brand increased exposure in the media and also to retailers who have since stocked the collection in their stores. The Award is also highly respected by the industry both domestically and internationally.”


Blaithin Ennis – 
Jewellery Designer of the Year 2014 

“Showcasing my pieces and my brand to an audience of discerning fashion lovers, alongside some wonderfully talented Irish designers was an opportunity and advertising platform in itself. I was thrilled to be part of such a prestigious show. To win Jewellery Designer of the Year was to that point, the absolute highlight of my career! Winning this award gave me and my existing retailers the confidence in my brand which they had invested in from the very beginning. The positivity and endorsement of my brand has most definitely been helped by this unique and vital annual fashion event.”


Rebecca Marsden –
Fashion Designer of the Year 2014 

“The IFIA brings together the best of Irish design for a truly stunning event. All the team were such a pleasure to work with and I have been delighted to have had the opportunity to showcase my designs alongside other Irish talent in the vibrant and exciting city of Galway. The event opened so many doors for me as I continue to build my own label. I have been fortunate to have developed a strong working relationship with Brown Thomas, I exhibit my work nationally and internationally and have also taken on exciting design teaching roles, the most recent of which is the Fashion and Textiles focused BA course at St. Angela’s College in Sligo.”

Caithriona King –
Millinery Designer of the Year 2015

“Winning Millinery Designer of the Year at the Irish Fashion Innovation Awards was the most incredible experience. It has put me up there with the top milliners in the country after years of hard work and dedication. It also has made my brand more recognisable throughout the country and worldwide.”


Jill de Burca – 
Fashion Designer of the Year 2015
“The Irish Fashion Innovation Awards are an important platform for Irish designers to showcase their work. Winning the award has been so beneficial in terms of recognition and in helping launch my brand further to a wider audience.”


Lisa Ryder –
Accessory Designer of the Year 2012 & 2013

“Winning the award propelled my brand from a young obscure Irish accessories brand into the limelight. It helped open so many doors to retailers who before this, would have seemed impossible. It encouraged me to believe in my vision and to keep striving for perfection. There is no better feeling than winning an award for your hard work and being recognised by some of Ireland’s fashion elite for a job well done.”


Capulet & Montague –
Jewellery Designer of the Year 2015
“Winning at the IFIA’s 2015 gave my small business such a huge boost on to the Irish design platform. The immense media coverage that followed was incredible. As a designer, it also gave me so much more confidence in my work. Since winning, I have taken part in London Fashion Week in conjunction with Irish Design 2015.



Patricia McCrossan
Managing Director
086 8045518


Lauragh Quinn
Production Manager
087 6603924