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Craft Master

Craft Master

Judges

Derek McGarry
Sonya Lennon

Sonya Lennon - Presenter and Judge
Sonya has over twenty years experience in the fashion industry. Well-known her personal style and down to earth approach and raucous laugh, Sonya has now been presenting RTE's Off The Rails for seven seasons.

A passionate supporter of Irish Design, Sonya has created the Dais Project, a trilogy of Fashion Films to promote Irish Fashion Designers internationally. Sonya sits on the board of The Crafts Council of Ireland.

Now a designer in her own right, Sonya has launched her own womenswear collection 'Lennon Courtney' with Off The Rails co-presenter Brendan Courtney.

Stylist, Broadcaster, Author and Costume Designer Sonya has recently added Social Entrepreneur to her remit as she launches global not for profit initiative Dress for Success in Ireland.

 

Brian McGee
Brian McGee

Brian McGee - Head of Market Development for the Crafts Council of Ireland
Brian is a Design graduate from the National College of Art and Design, and holds a first class honours MBA from the University of Limerick.

In his career Brian has held senior executive positions in Product Development and Marketing in France, the USA and Ireland, working for many well known international brands including Krups and Waterford Crystal.

In his current role as Head of Market Development for the Crafts Council of Ireland, Brian is responsible for growing the consumer market for Irish designed and made crafts domestically and internationally.

Celebrity Judges

Our guest celebrity judges will appear in the series grand finale of Craft Master

Derek McGarry
Paul Costelloe

Paul Costelloe
Dublin born Paul originally based his fashion house in Dublin, but now his family run label is based in Knightsbridge in the heart of London. And it is from there that Paul creates his various fashion lines for boutuques and large department stores a like.

Since 1979 Paul's label has developed into a staple of London Fashion Week where he has presented his Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter catwalk every season for the last 15 years.

Derek McGarry
Louise Kennedy

Louise Kennedy
Since establishing her own label in 1982 Louise's reputation as one of Ireland's most successful fashion designers continues to grow.

In 2009, Louise became the first female style envoy for Mercedes Benz and this follows many years as a recipient of prestigious awards including Irish Designer of the Year on four separate occasions and the Veuve Cliquot Business Woman of the Year 2004 award.

Top clients include Andie Mac Dowell, Jo Malone, Kylie Minogue, Sarah Ferguson, Anjelica Huston, Yasmin Le Bon, Enya, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sofia Milos and Meryl Streep.

 

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