Monday 19 November 2018

EoIn macken and carl shaaban

Julia Molony

They are male models and filmmakers. Eoin and Carl don't conform to the beefcake stereotypes of life as a male model. Both have hugely successful careers as clothes horses, but they've also just launched a documentary film examining the fashion industry in Ireland.

In terms of modelling credits, both Eoin and Carl have featured on the pages of GQ. Eoin has just shot a big advertising campaign for Braun and has modelled for Ralph Lauren and Abercrombie and Fitch.

This new film project The Fashion of Modelling, was inspired by Eoin's younger sister and her friends.

They "are always talking about having designs on being models. And they've been sucked into this MTV thing and don't really understand anything about what fashion actually involves," Eoin says. This prompted Eoin and Carl to make a film that would take an informative, realistic and clear-eyed look at the industry.

Despite having almost no budget, they managed to attract some of the biggest names in Irish fashion. Contributors include designer Helen Cody, model-agency heads Eddie Shanahan and Rebecca Morgan, as well as international models Alison Canavan and Laragh McCann.

Eoin made his first film while living in LA, where he went to pursue his acting career. In Ireland, he has appeared in various independent movies as well as more mainstream projects such as Fair City. His first directing project was a drama about disillusioned young actors trying to hit the big time in Hollywood, and was screened as part of the LA and San Francisco film festivals.

Carl acts as executive producer on their collaborations. He's currently studying for a degree in business management.

The pair became firm friends several years ago when they met while modelling on a test shoot for photographer Gordon Goodwin. "Yeah, we met on a photo shoot, how romantic was that?" says Eoin with comic irony.

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'The Fashion of Modelling' will be screened at the launch of D-Light Studio on February 5.

See www.d-lightstudio.com

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