Theia Spring 2019 Evening-Wear

Don O’Neill, known for his elegant and sophisticated eveningwear, was born in Ballyheigue, a small village in the west of Ireland.  From an early age, his mother and her clothing inspired him with her elegant Bergdorf Goodman dresses and Ib Jorgensen couture suits.

Throughout Don’s formative years, this inspiration fueled his dreams of becoming a fashion designer.

Initially training as a chef, O’Neill was able to follow his true passion and study to be a fashion designer after winning a full tuition scholarship to the Barbara Bourke College of Fashion Design.

Upon graduating, Don moved to London and apprenticed with Gina Fratini, Royal Couturier and fabled ball gown designer.

Don O’Neill, known for his elegant and sophisticated eveningwear, was born in Ballyheigue, a small village in the west of Ireland.  From an early age, his mother and her clothing inspired him with her elegant Bergdorf Goodman dresses and Ib Jorgensen couture suits.  Throughout Don’s formative years, this inspiration fueled his dreams of becoming a fashion designer.

Initially training as a chef, O’Neill was able to follow his true passion and study to be a fashion designer after winning a full tuition scholarship to the Barbara Bourke College of Fashion Design.  Upon graduating, Don moved to London and apprenticed with Gina Fratini, Royal Couturier and fabled ball gown designer.  He then went on to work with Couturier Donald Campbell in Knightsbridge.Following his apprenticeships in London, Don moved to Paris to continue his training, most notably alongside Christian Lacroix in the couture studio.

 After spending time in Paris, Don won a Green Card and based on the advice of Lacroix’s astrologist, decided to move to New York.  Recognizing his immense talents, Don was hired by Carmen Marc Valvo, where he became the Design Director.  After ten years with Carmen Marc Valvo, Don was lured away and went on to launch a new bridge eveningwear collection for Badgley Mischka, The Badgley Mischka Platinum label, which under his stewardship grew to be enormously successful.

 Today, Don serves as the Creative Director for THEIA.  The collection is a manifestation of Don’s vision to bring out every woman’s inner goddess.  The collection opened in the Fall of 2009 to rave reviews, immediately being bought by Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and specialty stores around the globe.  The designs have also garnered praise by celebrities including The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Oprah Winfrey, Emmy Rossum, and Idina Menzel as well as media outlets including The New York Times, The Wall St. Journal, Vogue.com, InStyle, People Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, Life & Style, New York Magazine, The Sunday Independent, The Irish Independent and The Sunday Business Post amongst others.

 In June 2015 Don was bestowed with an Honorary Doctorate of Art by University College Cork in Ireland, “In this the year of Irish Design, University College of Cork wishes to recognize the enormous contribution you are making globally as a designer, for our students and graduates, you are both a tremendous example and source of inspiration to those who aspire to a career in the creative industries.”

An Honorary Doctorate degree is the highest honor the University can bestow upon an individual.

Most recently O’Neill won the 2017 Peter Mark VIP Magazine Style Award for “Favourite Irish Designer”

 

The designs have also garnered praise by celebrities including The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Oprah Winfrey, Emmy Rossum, and Idina Menzel as well as media outlets including The New York Times, The Wall St. Journal, Vogue.com, InStyle, People Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, Life & Style, New York Magazine, The Sunday Independent, The Irish Independent and The Sunday Business Post amongst others.

 In June 2015 Don was bestowed with an Honorary Doctorate of Art by University College Cork in Ireland, “In this the year of Irish Design, University College of Cork wishes to recognize the enormous contribution you are making globally as a designer, for our students and graduates, you are both a tremendous example and source of inspiration to those who aspire to a career in the creative industries.”

An Honorary Doctorate degree is the highest honor the University can bestow upon an individual.

Most recently O’Neill won the 2017 Peter Mark VIP Magazine Style Award for “Favourite Irish Designer”


 

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