5 Irish Creatives Shaping the Fashion Industry Right Now

In association with Bulmers Light

Words by Nicole Thomsen
July 24th, 2017

Ireland is known for many things, from our beautiful emerald landscape to our enriched literary archives and our welcoming hospitality. Not to mention, our alcohol prowess, brewing several of the finest beverages in the world, and, of course, our design talent.

As a nation, we have produced some of the most exciting contemporary fashion creatives such as Simone Rocha, J.W. Anderson, Paul Costelloe, and Philip Treacy. And while these figures are flying the flag internationally for Irish design, there’s a host of new and established creatives making their mark at home and shaping the future of fashion.

Amongst these creatives are five burgeoning talents who, along with being 100% Irish, we think excel in their respective fields. Whether it’s photography, design, styling or makeup, these names are thriving in the fashion industry, producing the finest work to come out of Ireland of late.

Below you’ll find who we, alongside Bulmers Light, think are the next generation of the fashion industry.

Bookmark these names now…

5-irish-creatives-fashion-industry-sarah-lanagan-bulmers-light2photo: Sarah Lanagan

You might know Sarah Lanagan as maven46’s resident beauty writer but when she’s not sharing her wealth of knowledge with you, our readers, you’ll find her backstage at fashion week. Most recently, Sarah worked alongside Pat McGrath, the most influential makeup artist in the world, as part of her team at Paris Fashion Week, painting the faces of models for brands such as Stella McCartney, Miu Miu and Louis Vuitton.

As a makeup artist, Sarah has had her editorial work featured in international publications such as Dazed, Hunger and Vogue China, and of course, maven46 (you can see the beauty looks Sarah created in our editorial, ‘Summer Gaze’, here).

With the spring/summer ’18 shows fast approaching, Sarah is currently preparing for Milan Fashion Week where she will be working this September.

5-irish-creatives-fashion-industry-ronan-gallagher-bulmers-light2photo: Ronan Gallagher

Though his name may not be one you are familiar with, Ronan Gallagher has worked with some of the world’s biggest luxury brands such as Stella McCartney, Belstaff, and Gucci, and has found himself on set with none other than Kate Moss and Liv Tyler, respectively. Gallagher’s fashion photography is distinctly influenced by his previous passion to be a photojournalist, with definitive elements of documentary photography featuring in the style of images he takes, which is perhaps what makes this Clare man Gucci’s go-to photographer.

5-irish-creatives-fashion-industry-paula-hughes-bulmers-lightphoto: Paula Hughes

If you’ve ever walked past a Primark store you will have seen this Irish creative’s work. Paula Hughes is the stylist extraordinaire responsible for all of the campaign and lookbook imagery for Primark. Regardless of where you are in the world, you will find Paula’s styling finesse in the windows, behind the tills and on the walls, making everything in store look more high-end than high street.

Her raw talent has led her to work with some of the most affluent faces in the fashion industry such as Cara Delevingne and Olivia Palermo as well as international brands such as Swarovski and Harvey Nichols. Of course, her credentials don’t stop there. Open any Irish fashion publication and you are sure to see an editorial which has been styled by Paula, making us covet everything on the page.

photo: Danielle Romeril

Danielle Romeril is the contemporary womenswear designer to watch whose eponymous fashion label presents at London Fashion Week. The Dublin-born, London-based designer launched her label in 2012 and has received notable merits within the industry in the short period of time since its debut. Both in 2014 and 2016, Danielle was selected for NEWGEN sponsorship by the British Fashion Council while just last year she was nominated for Breakthrough Womenswear Designer of the Year by WGSN.

Her clothes are experimental yet wearable. Edgy yet feminine. They appeal to a wide audience (including Angela Scanlon and FKA Twigs), making it no surprise that Danielle Romeril designs are stocked in 10 countries worldwide. These are pieces you will invest in today and keep for years to come.

5-irish-creatives-fashion-industry-richard-malone-bulmers-lightphoto: Richard Malone

Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without Richard Malone. The Central Saint Martins graduate is the Irish designer on everyone’s lips and already has an impressive array of accolades to his name. After becoming the first BA student to win the LVMH Grand Prix Scholarship in 2014, he set up his own eponymous label in 2015. Malone was also selected by the British Fashion Council as one of fifteen designers to receive support this year under the NEWGEN scheme which helps to fund new designers.

Though early in his career, Richard has been offered positions at the world’s biggest design houses such as Louis Vuitton, where he interned, and Maison Martin Margiela which he turned down. This audacious Wexford-born creative has an authentic voice which resonates within his body of work. Expect great things to come.


*In partnership with Bulmers Light