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When designer Helen Steele took to the VIP Style Awards red carpet, all eyes were on the 'fashion is repealing' slogan adorning her statement dress. 

The dress is one of many designs which will be hosted in The Atrium tomorrow evening, in a benefit for the Together For Yes campaign, the National Civil Society Campaign to remove the Eighth Amendment from the Constitution.

12 of Ireland's most creative minds in fashion have come together to create a 12 piece, one-off couture collection, along with 50 other limited edition pieces per designer.


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Helen Steele, Natalie B Coleman, Margaret O’Connor, Chupi, Pearl Reddington, Jill DeBurca, Caoimhe MacNeice, Tissue, Manley, Sphere One, Atrium and Louise Kavanagh are the designers involved. 

The ‘Fashion is Repealing’ collection will feature hats, necklaces, jackets, dresses and tees.


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'As the referendum mostly affects women, we wanted to work with the Irish fashion industry to create a visual conversation within an industry primarily absorbed by women,' said The HunReal Issues founder Andrea Horan.

'We worked with the best designers and makers to come up with some of the most powerful responses to the fight for reproductive rights in Ireland.'

'Whoever is lucky enough to end up with these pieces will be getting a piece of fashion history.'

The designers themselves are impassioned by the project. 

'The defiant feeling of the boldness of the word repeal in the hard metal just makes you feel and believe that we can do this,' designer Chupi Sweetman said of her design. 'This is our chance.' 

All items will be available to buy in Atrium, Powerscourt Centre tomorrow night from 5-7.30pm.  


If you've ever watched a rom-com/read a chick-lit book where the main character happens to work in the world of fashion, you've no doubt heard about the elusive myth of the 'sample sale.'

Designer pieces at knock-down prices? Sounds like perfection to us, but it's something we rarely see on Irish shores.

But happily that's all about to change as NINE of Ireland's most covetable labels have come together for a massive three-day sample sale in Dublin city centre.

Yup, starting from next week you'll be able to pick up some stunning pieces at marked-down prices from Irish design greats like Manley, Caroline Kilkenny, Mona Swim, Jill De Burca, Theo & George, Electronic Sheep, Edge Only, Maria Dora Raj and Love & Robots.

The Irish Design Sample Sale kicks off next Thursday April 7 at the RSAI, 63 Merrion Square.

Opening hours are as follows:

Thursday 10am-9pm

Friday 10am – 6pm

Saturday 10am – 5pm

On the Thursday there will be refreshments served from 5pm, so pop along after work for a glass of wine or a beer and nab yourself a bargain. Plus, you may even get to speak to some of the designers behind the labels while you're shopping.

Be sure to tweet your designer finds using the hashtag #irishdesign!