Ireland’s Biggest Fashion Show Returns on International Women’s Day

What better way to mark International Women’s Day, on Thursday 8th March, than with Ireland’s biggest fashion show.

The ARC Fashion Show is back with a host of exciting names from the world of Irish fashion and this year will be opened by Broadcaster Marian Finucane at the RDS Concert Hall.

Showcasing mix of the best-established names alongside emerging design talent, all funds raised will go to ARC Cancer Support Centres who offer free counselling and support to those affected by cancer.

Embroidery by Jill de Burca

Supported by leading Irish law firm, Arthur Cox, the ARC Fashion Show will see 800 attendees take to their seats to view the latest collections by 28 Irish designers, including Helen Cody, Lucy Nagle, Sara O’Neill, and Heidi Higgins, making it the biggest show of its kind in the country.

Produced by Eddie Shanahan, an integral part of the show involves a number of women who have experienced breast cancer, known as ‘ARC Angels’, who take to the runway and showcase a special sequence of beautiful designer outfits.

Heidi Higgins

Brown Thomas will provide new season footwear to compliment the collections and goodie bags will be provided by No7.

Joan Hodkinson, who experienced breast cancer and was a user of ARC’s services says, “When I was going through my own cancer diagnosis, ARC Cancer Support Centres was there to support me. It was a huge comfort knowing I could speak to someone who had a similar experience especially if I was feeling emotional.

Eadach by Sara O'Neill

Having cancer can be very lonely and at times you can feel isolated. I was delighted to be asked to be an ‘ARC Angel’ and take part in the Fashion Show. It’s my way of showing people that there is life after cancer.”

ARC Cancer Support Centre provides a range of professional support, counselling and complementary therapy services to men and women affected by cancer. All services are provided free of charge at ARC centres in Eccles Street, Dublin 7 and South Circular Road, Dublin 8.

The ARC Fashion Show takes place on Thursday, 8th March in the RDS Concert Hall, Dublin 4. Doors open at 7pm with the show starting at 8pm sharp.

Tickets cost €55 and can be purchased by calling 01 830 7333 or