Designer floored by success
Published 31/08/2011 | 05:00
HE has sold all the fashion greats -- now Sean Byrne hopes to become one of them.
Dubliner Sean Byrne has worked at Brown Thomas for six years selling the likes of Prada and Gucci.
But now, the talented 30-year-old from Stillorgan has crossed the fashion rubicon and next month his sophisticated, ultra-feminine, clothes go on sale in the Grafton Street store as part of a major showcase of Irish talent.
Sean is one of 16 young talents invited by Brown Thomas to take part in 'Irish Designers CREATE', a 10-day installation between September 8-18, which celebrates the best of homegrown innovation and imagination.
"I can't believe my clothes are actually going to be sold here at Brown Thomas, it's a dream come true," said Sean, who worked at the store over six years while he studied at the prestigious Grafton Academy.
"In college, you can learn to cut a dress but they don't teach you about who your customer is going to be and what she wants from her clothes. That's what I learned working on the shop floor and it proved an invaluable experience for me," said Sean, who recently returned from working with Burberry and Selfridges in London.
Shelly Corkery, fashion director at Brown Thomas praised Sean's "impeccable finish, uncluttered eye for detail and use of fabric to flatter a woman's hourglass figure".
A schedule of events is being organised in the run-up to September 8 and is available on www.brownthomas.com.