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 Dublin’s clothing factories, wholesalers and retailers with her mother, Anne, who was then a young, passionate about fashion, writer. From those beginnings, she met with 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.
Constance styled her first fashion editorial for IMAGE magazine in 1986, at age 18, working with, 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 went to the National Film & Television School in Beaconsfield, UK, where she trained as a producer and made several award winning short films before returning to Ireland.
Today, Constance is the fashion editor of the Sunday Independent and LIFE magazine, Ireland’s largest selling, incredibly successful, quality newspaper. She has been called the ‘Mary, Queen of Shops’ of Ireland due to her extensive knowledge of fashion, photography and image making for a market, her commitment to supporting and growing Irish talent in all areas of the industry, her clear views and great television and radio presentation on the subject of fashion.
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. 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.
“The day we tire of fashion, is the day we tire of life.”