A look into the world of fashion with this collection of interviews with Irish designers, from Sybil Connolly, who shot to international stardom in the 1950s to contemporary figures such as Joanne Hynes and Orla Kiely. What inspired them to become designers? What kind of careers have they had? 13 designers talk about their experiences and their work.
Included are couture designers such as Pat Crowley and Peter O'Brien from his days at the House of Rochas in Paris. We revisit the days of Quin and Donnelly on the Irish high street with a TV clip from their time at A-Wear. Louis Copeland explains what a tailor does while Louise Kennedy describes the challenges of designing corporate uniforms. Paul Costelloe thinks that Irish men are "the most charismatic male species in Europe" and Lainey Keogh says there is a "third dimension" to Irish knitting.
The accompanying image shows models at 'The Late Late Show Fashion Awards' at the RDS in 1989. The photographer was Tom Holton. © RTÉ Archives 2162/081
Sybil Connolly recalls how a red flannel petticoat worn by a Connemara woman inspired her first international fashion collection.
A retrospective look at clothes designed by John Rocha on ‘The Late Late Show’ in 2002.
Pat Crowley presents her autumn/winter collection 1992 and talks about her American clients.
Louis Copeland explains what a tailor does.
Louise Kennedy on the challenge of designing uniforms for Ulster Bank staff.
Lainey Keogh on how her career just evolved.
Peter O’Brien on designing big skirts for the House of Rochas in Paris.
Joanne Hynes talks about how she became a fashion designer, with a lucky break from Nicola Formichetti, Lady Gaga's stylist.
Designers Quin and Donnelly discuss their working wardrobes.
Sharon Wauchob talks to Pamela Flood about the appeal and challenges of the fashion industry.
Paul Costelloe talks about his famous London clients and his impressions of Irish style.
Orla Kiely recalls how she was encouraged by her parents and inspired by her artistic grandmother to develop a creative side.