DIT honours Irish fashion designer & business leader Louise Kennedy

Posted: 21 November, 2014

Louise Kennedy receives Honorary Doctorate from her alma mater DIT

 Dublin, 15 November 2014 (3.00pm):   Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has conferred the award of Honorary Doctorate on Louise Kennedy, the internationally renowned Irish fashion designer. A former student of DIT, Louise received the award from her alma mater in recognition of her outstanding contribution to business, culture and the international fashion industry.  Louise was conferred with the award on Saturday, 15th November 2014 in front of hundreds of students and their families at DIT’s Annual Graduation ceremony held in St Patrick’s Cathedral.

DIT confers honorary doctorates - Louise Kennedy

One of Ireland’s most successful fashion designers, Louise Kennedy established her eponymous label in 1983 and has since earned an international reputation for creating clothes that are appreciated for their sophistication and quality of design.  Her very first collection was bought by Ireland’s flagship luxury department store, Brown Thomas, who continues to stock the brand 30 years later.

She is the designer of choice for many high profile clients and the roll-call of Louise’s supporters is very impressive, from actresses including Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Angelica Huston, Andie McDowell, and the late Elizabeth Taylor to singers Beyonce, Enya and Kylie Minogue, to former Irish presidents and members of the British, European and middle eastern Royal Families.  Louise has shown her fashion collections globally, and exports her work all over the world.  She has designed the robes for the Irish judiciary and created the uniforms for Aer Lingus.  Louise’s entrepreneurial skills have also led her to diversify into other areas of design such as glassware, perfumes and luxury leather goods, confirming the depth and strength of the Louise Kennedy brand. 

In conferring the award on Louise Kennedy, the President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton said:  “DIT honours you today for your achievements in building your own hugely successful business and brandbut also for the way in which the quality and sophistication of your work has enhanced the international reputation of Irish design, and has opened doors for young entrepreneurs and graduates starting their own careers.  You are most certainly a standard-bearer for all our graduates here today. We are extremely proud that DIT has been a part of your career development and we are delighted to welcome you back!”

The award of Honorary Doctorate in DIT is conferred on a small number of individuals who have made an exceptional contribution in their field.  The Award is conferred at the annual DIT graduation ceremony and recipients are introduced as standard bearers for DIT graduates starting out on their careers. Louise Kennedy was conferred in the company of DIT graduates of Business, accompanied by their families. 


Back to Top