Press Release: Conversation with Designers

27 April, 2023

Conversation With Designers poster, event at The Hunt Museum on the 11th of May

Conversation with Designers @ The Hunt Museum, 6p.m. Thursday 11th. May

The Council of Irish Fashion Designers in association with the Hunt Museum and Anthology Magazine will host ‘Conversations with Designers’ at the Hunt Museum Gallery from 6pm on Thursday 11th. May 2023 to raise additional funds for the restoration and preservation of the Sybil Connolly Archive at the museum. This follows on from the very successful Stitch in Time which has allowed us to commence the restoration with a professional conservator. 

The inaugural event will feature designers Amy Anderson (Kindred of Ireland), Helen Hayes, Hazel Green, Carolyn O’Sullivan (Not Another White Dress) and Anthology editor Edel Cassidy in conversation with Eddie Shanahan of the Council of Irish Fashion Designers on matters of design, craftsmanship, the business of fashion and the legacy of Ireland’s legendary designer Sybil Connolly. 

The event will also include an informal fashion show featuring work by the four designers as reflections on the work of Sybil, and a number of her costumes will be on display throughout the museum for the afternoon prior to the event. Ticket price includes tours of this wonderful haute couture with experts. .

The event will give a unique perspective on the importance of Sybil Connolly and the Archive as well as insight into the backstories of four innovative Irish designers and how they research and create their collections.

There will be opportunities for audience engagement during the Conversation and also to meet three other Limerick-based members of the Council of Irish Fashion Designers – Ejay Griffin, Caroline Mitchell and Linda Wilson.

Panellists are available for media interviews in advance.

Accessibility matters:

The Hunt Museum has recently introduced a 3D digitally printed exhibit as part of the Sybil Connolly Archive to provide enhanced access for for visually impaired persons.

For further information please contact:

Council of Irish Fashion Designers: Eddie Shanahan |

The Hunt Museum: Emma Twomey |


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