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23rd Jan 2019

Donegal teen named as one of Paris Fashion Week’s breakout models

Rory Cashin

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The 19-year-old has made a huge splash on the runway.

Taking place from January 10 to 15, Paris Men’s Fashion Week is pretty much where all of the most stylish and fashion forward will look to for what to expect from men’s style for the rest of 2019, and on into early 2020.

The talking points usually consist of the which designers are breaking new ground, what style trends will be taking over our lives for the foreseeable future, but it is also a fantastic way for new and upcoming models to make their mark.

i-D Magazine listed their ten breakout stars from the week, and Donegal native Ferdia Gallagher was singled out amongst them.

“Ferdia Gallagher is a Donegal boy by blood: 19 years of age with a flash of violent ginger hair and a sullen, sharp jawline that could slice every one of your fingers off,” the outlet states.

“It’s no surprise that Hedi Slimane chose to debut his first standalone menswear collection with this kid at the forefront. The teenager, who’s just moved to the French capital and signed to Banana Models, made his exclusive catwalk appearance on the closing night of Paris Fashion Week for Slimane’s Celine, and has had casting directors asking “Who’s that bloke?” ever since.

“Already a big deal on Instagram, where he boasts a cool 13k followers, he spent the last six months working in his aunt’s paper shop in Ireland. Now he’s one of the most talked about kids of the high fashion circuit.

“‘I’ve always been interested in fashion, so [walking for Celine] is really exciting to me!’ he tells i-D. ‘To be a part of the industry now just feels surreal.'”

Congrats to Ferdia on the huge breakthrough, and for putting Donegal on the map for where male models can spring from!


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Walked for Celine’s first menswear collection debut! Thank you @hedislimane & the whole team at @celine for having me ??

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