Wednesday 22 February 2017

Meet the Irish teenagers making waves in the international fashion world

Published 08/10/2015 | 11:30

(L to R) Emily Butcher for Gucci, Clara McSweeney for Coast and Abby Harris for BT2
(L to R) Emily Butcher for Gucci, Clara McSweeney for Coast and Abby Harris for BT2
Alicia Kavanagh for Warehouse
Clara McSweeney/Instagram
Avice Maughan for Brown Thomas
Rebecca O'Donovan
Emily Butcher for Gucci
Aidan Walsh for Italian Vogue
Abby Harris for BT2
Louise Byrne for Brown Thomas

These Irish teenagers are making it big abroad and you've probably never heard their names...

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Clara McSweeney


Age: 18

From: Macroom, Co Cork

How she started modelling: Clara was discovered by model boss Andrea Roche at age 15 during an open day and the rest, as they, is history.

Agencies: Andrea Roche Model Agency in Dublin; IMG Models in New York

Career highlight (so far): Clara honed her craft for the last three years with gigs for high profile brands in Ireland including Penneys and Brown Thomas. She moved to New York in June after finishing her Leaving Cert and is currently making waves on the international scene.


Alicia Kavanagh


Age: 18

From: Santry, Dublin

How she started modelling: Alicia was scouted on Facebook by a booker for Distinct when she was just 15 years old. She was in development until the age of 16 and immediately caught the eye of London agencies.

Agencies: Distinct Model Management in Dublin

Career highlight (so far): Alicia has modelled several times for Simone Rocha during Paris and London Fashion Weeks and told us she was lucky enough to model the Irish designer’s collection for Vogue Editor Anna Wintour.


Avice Maughan


Age: 17

From: Enniskerry, Co Wicklow

How she started modelling: Avice said her desire to model was always a “secret dream” she harboured as a child and convinced her parents to attend an open day at Morgan last year.

Agencies: Morgan The Agency in Dublin

Career highlight (so far): Avice made her Paris Fashion Week debut last year modelling for Simone Rocha’s S/S ’15 showroom when she was just 16 years old.


Aidan Walsh


Age: 18

From: Ennis, Co Clare

How he started modelling: Aidan moved to London last year to train pursue his classical ballet training full-time and has been dabbling in modelling ever since. 

Agencies: Tomorrow is Another Day Agency, London

Career highlight (so far): Aidan appeared on the cover of Vogue Italia just last week and we predict big things to follow.


Emily Butcher


Age:  18

From: Galway

How she started modelling: At 5’10”, Emily was born to model. She was discovered by Roche after seeing pictures of her online and immediately snapped up by the Dublin based agent. She now lives in London full-time.

Agencies: Andrea Roche Model Agency in Dublin; Next Model Management in London

Career highlight (so far): Emily made her runway debut for Gucci at Milan Fashion Week in January. She was secured by the brand yet again for their S/S ’16 show last month. She’s also walked for Armani and was named as ‘one to watch’ by Vogue Italia.


Abby Harris

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Age: 18

From: Ballymore Eustace, Co Kildare

How she started modelling: At just 15, Abby went to her first casting and was later snapped up by Anne Morgan, MD of Distinct. She left secondary school at 17 to pursue modelling full-time.

Agencies: Distinct Model Management in Dublin; Major Model Management in Milan and Model Werk in Hamburg

Career highlight (so far): Abby is a familiar face to the Irish style set, regularly appearing on catwalks and in campaigns for nearly three years. Since signing to her first agency in Milan however, her popularity has gone global.


Louise Byrne


Age: 20

From: Co Louth

How she started modelling: Louise has been balancing the books with her catwalk career for the last five years and is a well-known face on the Irish fashion circuit.

Agencies: Morgan the Agency in Dublin; Elite Model Management in London and Major Model Management Milan

Why you should know her: Agent Rebecca Morgan says Louise’s Italian clients “absolutely love her” and will be focusing on modelling full-time when she finishes her degree at DCU.


Rebecca O'Donovan

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Age: 16

From: Galway

How she started modelling: Rebecca was scouted at an Ed Sheeran concert in London by UK agency, Mutha last October and has been in development since then. When she turns 18, she will be available as an international model with Next Worldwide.

Agencies: 1st Option in Dublin and Next London

Career highlight (so far): Rebecca has modelled for Prada in London, Brown Thomas in Dublin and is also a regular in editorials with British and Irish publications.

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