RENOWNED Portlaoise fashion designer Heidi Higgins will showcase her latest collection at Ireland’s annual ARC Fashion Show at the RDS in March, in aid of cancer support.
The annual style extravaganza features the best of Irish fashion and millinery, with proceeds from the gala going to the ARC’s Cancer Support Centres that offer a range of free support to those affected by cancer.
Hosted by TV Presenter Claire Brock, the show will feature 26 designers who will showcase their designs to an audience of over 800 attendees. Produced by Eddie Shanahan, the show is the biggest of its kind in the country showcasing emerging and established Irish designers.
Sponsored by law firm Arthur Cox, The ARC Fashion Show will be opened by top Irish fashion designer and ARC ambassador Helen Cody. The ARC Angels sequence has become an integral part of the show each year and will see women who have experienced cancer take to the runway modelling one of a kind hats created for the show by seven of Ireland’s leading milliners – Leonora Ferguson, Aoife Kirwan, Aoife Harrison, Wendy Louise Knight, Deb Fanning, Ailish McElroy and Emily-Jean O’Byrne.
Speaking about the upcoming show Heidi, who has moved from Portlaoise to Tipperary with her family, said, “I am delighted to be taking part in this year’s ARC Fashion Show. It’s the highlight of the year for so many Irish designers as we get the opportunity to launch our Spring/Summer collections in such a spectacular show and all for the most wonderful charity. I am particularly excited about this year’s show, as all the looks I will be showing are made 100% in Ireland. A fabulous night will be had by all no doubt!”
Fashion designer Ciara Allen will present menswear for the first time on the ARC catwalk and award-winning designer Caoimhe Murphy will close the show with a collection specifically created for the show. Guests on the night also get see spectacular collections by designers Sara O’Neill, Caroline Duffy, Kindred of Ireland, Laura Chambers, Gabrielle Malone, Helen Hayes, Charlotte Lucas, Caterina Coyne, Urban Aran, Lia Cowan, Barbara Bennett, Not Another White Dress, FéRí, Cobbler’s Lane, Linda Wilson, Caroline Mitchell, Niamh O’Neill, Hazel Greene, Niamh Daniels and sisters Blaithin & Niamh Ennis.
Speaking about the show CEO, ARC Cancer Support Centres, Dee Grant says, “The ARC Fashion Show now in its eighth year continues to raise much needed funds since its inception in 2014. With an audience of 800 people in attendance every year, it has become a firm favorite among the Irish public and a must go to see fixture in calendars across Ireland. With the proceeds raised from the event, ARC can continue to expand its free services.”
In Ireland more than 45,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed each year. By 2040, this figure will almost double. ARC Cancer Support Centres was established as an independent charity to provide psychological, emotional, educational and practical services to people affected by cancer. Today, ARC comprises three centres in Dublin – the original centre on Eccles Street along with two additional centres on the South Circular Road in Dublin 8 and Herbert Avenue in Dublin 4. All its services are free of charge.
The ARC Fashion Show takes place on Thursday, 2 March 2023 in the RDS Concert Hall, Dublin 4. Doors open at 7pm with the show starting at 8pm.