Education: Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, The National College of Art & Design
Simone Rocha is a contemporary fashion designer born in Dublin in 1986. She is the daughter of John Rocha, an acclaimed fashion designer himself, and Odette Rocha. Growing up, Simone spent much of her time in her father’s studio, where she was exposed to the art of design and garment construction at a young age. She would later attend the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, where she studied fashion.
After completing her degree, Rocha moved to London to attend the renowned Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, where she received a master’s degree in fashion. While at Central Saint Martins, Simone began to develop her signature style, which combines traditional femininity with modern edge. Her designs often feature voluminous silhouettes, floral patterns, and delicate embellishments, all executed with intricate craftsmanship.
In 2010, Simone Rocha launched her eponymous label and presented her first collection at London Fashion Week. Her presentation was widely praised for its richness and maturity, and showcased her unique take on femininity, featuring castle waists, intricate beading, and layering. Her romantic and cerebral designs quickly garnered attention, and she has since become a fixture on the international fashion scene.
Simone Rocha’s success has been marked by a number of prestigious accolades, including the British Fashion Award for Emerging Talent in Womenswear in 2013, the British Fashion Award for New Establishment Designer in 2016, and the WGSN Global Fashion Award for Emerging Designer in 2014.
Today, Simone Rocha’s designs are sold in over 200 stores worldwide, including prestigious retailers such as Dover Street Market, Selfridges, and Barneys New York. Her celebrity fans include Rihanna, Keira Knightley, and Chloë Sevigny, who has been known to wear Rocha’s designs on the red carpet.
In addition to her fashion career, Simone Rocha has collaborated with a number of other creatives, including photographer Jacob Lillis, art director Martino Gamper, and artist Ronan Bouroullec. She has also designed exhibitions for institutions such as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and her work was featured in the 2020 exhibition “In Pursuit of Fashion: The Sandy Schreier Collection” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Despite her success, Simone Rocha remains closely connected to her Irish roots. She often incorporates Irish textiles and craftsmanship into her designs, and has said that her first experience of creative expression was through traditional Irish dance. She lives and works in London with her husband Eoin McLoughlin, who is also a fashion designer.