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Brendan Courtney is an entrepreneur, broadcaster, designer and writer. He is the editor at large of the fashion-app, frockadvisor, and has produced and presented countless TV-series. In collaboration with clothing-companion Sonya Lennon, he has written two No.1 books on style and fashion, and is the most trusted voice in Irish fashion.
Widely perceived as the most trusted voice in Irish fashion, Brendan Courtney began his career as fashion reporter on RTÉ’s daily show “Open House.” While working in fashion television and styling, Brendan attended the London’s Central St. Martin’s College of Fashion, where he studied art direction, fashion illustration, fashion design and pattern cutting. Brendan Courtney has a strong heritage in design, and has immersed himself in fashion throughout the last decade. He designed his first dress when he was just 12 years old.
His self-authored documentaries “Alias Ricky Gervais” and “Living With Boy George” won Brendan critical acclaim. He then went on to host a self-titled terrestrial TV chat show “The Brendan Courtney Show”, which led to his role as presenter and stylist on RTÉ1’s flagship TV show “Off The Rails” for seven seasons. Additionally, Brendan was responsible for the return of the BBC’s “The Clothes Show,” which he produced and presented for three seasons, and continues to host.
2012 saw Brendan and his business partner Sonya Lennon design their first women’s wear collection “Lennon Courtney.” Lennon Courtney is available to buy at Harvey Nichols, Arnotts, Kilkenny Group and 20 retailers nationwide. In addition to their fashion collection, Brendan and Sonya have written two No.1 books on style and fashion; Love Your Look and Your Best You.
One of the most recent ventures for Brendan included the creation of the international design competition “Who Wants to be a Milliner,” alongside Philip Treacy. The competition celebrates and promotes the best of British and Irish design.
He has recently been in production for two new TV-series; The programme “Profiler,” which sees Brendan profile global icons, their careers and lives, while “The Cut” is a monthly TV Fashion Magazine programme.
Never the one to go idle, Brendan has a weekly fashion column in The Irish Times Saturday Magazine, is the editor at large for the fashion-app, frockadvisor, and a fashion correspondent for RTÉ in Ireland and BBC Radio London.
Throughout the times, Brendan has also hosted many award shows in Ireland and London, including The UK Wedding Awards, The UK Arts Awards, The L’Oreal Trophy Awards, VIP Style Awards and DIT Student Design Awards.