As one of the most respected fashion editors in Ireland, it isn’t surprising that Constance Harris, a long-experienced member of the Irish fashion industry, grew up visiting mills and clothing factories, wholesalers and retailers, all over the country with her mother, Anne, who was then a young, passionate-about-fashion, writer.
From those very early beginnings, Constance met the people behind the clothes — designers, managers, owners; and the people who create the imagery to sell the clothes — photographers, stylists, models, make-up artists and hair stylists; all of which contributed to her near-encyclopaedic knowledge and comprehension of fashion.
Constance styled her first fashion editorial for IMAGE magazine in 1986, at age 18, working with a then unknown photographer, Conor Horgan, on a moody, romantic story on coats, shot around the railway stations and tracks of Dublin. It is still one of her most favourite shoots.
Having studied communications at DIT Rathmines, where she specialised in photography and film, after, Constance won a place in the highly respected National Film & Television School in Beaconsfield, UK, where she trained as a producer and made several award winning short films before returning to Ireland. She first started styling for the Sunday Independent in 1990 under the Fashion Editorship of the late Terry Keane.
Upon Terry’s retirement, in 1998 Constance became Fashion Editor of the Sunday Independent, Ireland’s largest selling, incredibly successful, quality newspaper, and later its newly formed LIFE magazine. Her extensive knowledge and experience of media, communications and imagery was to prove invaluable to the paper’s positioning as Ireland thrived economically and the retail, advertising and social media worlds exploded in prominence.
Constance has often been described as the ‘Mary, Queen of Shops’ of Ireland due to her extensive knowledge of fashion, photography and interpreting markets and her commitment to supporting and growing Irish talent in all areas of the industry. She is a popular expert guest on television and radio in her capacity of Fashion Editor of the Sunday Independent for her accessible communication style, clear views and always unique understanding of the subject of fashion and how it relates to people, their lives and culture, be it nationally or globally.
Constance is committed to supporting and mentoring new talent and celebrating the best in Irish, as well as international, design, Irish fashion design colleges and Irish retail and the real needs of her readers — Irish women and men. It is all these that she celebrates each week in her fashion pages.
She loves that she set the standard of the high quality and originality of the Sunday Independent’s fashion editorial pages, which have been a launching pad for many of Ireland’s most talented designers, photographers, fashion stylists, models, make-up artists and hair stylists.
For nearly ten years, Constance was on the board of Re-Dress, Ireland’s ethical and sustainable fashion not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to raising awareness as to fashion, industry and consumers’ practices and consequences, education and information.
“The day we tire of fashion, is the day we tire of life.”