For what we learn about him, as he reveals more about himself through his network in the industry and of course, through his genius, we have developed fondness and respect for Don O’Neill, creator and designer of the THEIA label. His designs speak so much of his meticulousness, clearly showing his great love for fashion. His friends and colleagues speak praises of his character and talent. We particularly love how he was described by “style artist” Viktorija Bowers in her blog:
“From the moment I met him he permeated by warmth and love that is sometimes lacking in our industry. No matter how hectic it got, no matter how many people had opinion around him, no matter the fact that this is the most important show of his life, his very first, this man wore grace and kindness like most beautiful crown. That is why, his success, his talent and beauty he creates is extra special. Because it is happening to truly good person and it gives you re assurance that you can be successful artist without loosing your beautiful compassionate humanity.“
From what we’ve learned, Don O’Neill began his career by studying at the Barbara Burke College of Fashion Design in Dublin. A few fulfilling London apprenticeship after, he bagged the Design Director position for the Carmen Marc Valvo label; then went on to launching an evening wear collection for Badgely Mischka. In 2009, he founded his own fashion brand, THEIA –named after the Greek goddess of light– birthed by his “vision to bring out every woman’s inner goddess“. [Read his full story here.]
His designs for his own label had been worn by country superstars Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift; and, had been featured in notable media outlets like “People Magazine, Life and Style, Us Weekly, E! News, InStyle.com, Glamour.com, and more“. One of his most recent career milestones was when he was asked to make a dress for none other than Oprah. According to reports, the media mogul wore one of his dresses for the cover of O magazine September 2011 issue, and loved the dress so much that she asked to have a similar dress made for her attendance in the 2012 Oscars. The dress was appropriately in gold, made up of millions of sequins on a stretch fabric.
Below are a few more of Don O’Neill’s magnificent designs. Do head on to MissesDressy.com if you want to get a hold of one of them. Happy shopping!
THEIA 881418, 881262
THEIA 881306, 881305
THEIA 881395, 881253
THEIA 881246, 881283
THEIA 881419, 881285
Sources: independent.ie, viktorijabowers.blogspot.com, fashionqanda.com, theiacouture.com, tresorparisien.com