Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Attention Fashionistas

Your chance to meet fashion legend Cathy O’Connor.

Complimentary Styling tips;
Entry form for the Certificate in Fashion Styling with Cathy O’Connor Competition;

At New Look, Jervis St SC on Saturday 12th March from 12-2pm

Spread the word!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Gaga Irish Fashion

AN up-and-coming Irish designer is tipped for the big time after being plucked from a student fashion show to dress Lady Gaga, the world's most controversial style icon.
Joanne Power (27), from Glanmire, Co Cork, has loaned Lady Gaga three outfits for the Grammy's, including two crepe silk evening dresses from her MA graduate collection shown to critical acclaim last Tuesday at London's Victora & Albert Museum.
But the NCAD graduate now faces an anxious week, waiting to see if Lady Gaga wears any of her six pieces at the 53rd annual Grammy music awards in LA's Staples Centre next Sunday.

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Uncommon Threads - Group Exhibition, Tralee, Co. Kerry

Filament, a group of Textile Artisits, will exhibit in The Samhlaoicht Gallery. The exhibition, Uncommon Threads, opens on Friday, February 5th and runs for three weeks, featuring work in both 2D and 3D.

Artists include: Jean McKenna, Hilary Bell, Shelia Jordan, Sarah Dawson's, Tara Ni Nuallain's, Mary Heffernan, Lucinda Jacob, Una Ni She

Dates: 5th-25th February 2010
Venue: Samhlaiocht Gallery, The Old Presbytery, Lower Castle Street, Tralee, Co. Kerry
Opening Times: 10 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday

Ireland’s fashion industry lacks vital support, says top designer | The Post

Ireland’s fashion industry lacks vital support, says top designer | The Post

The Irish fashion industry has felt the pain of the downturn and cannot support the hundreds of students who are currently in fashion college, according to top designer Peter O’Brien.

O’Brien, who last week launched a new limited edition collection with Arnotts, also said his own dreams of opening up a studio were scuppered when he saw the state of the industry.

‘‘The work has tightened, especially in Ireland. It’s become increasingly evident over the last 18 months. There is not enough work to provide jobs for the amount of students in fashion college here," said O’Brien.

‘‘I dreamed of setting up a workshop from which to sell my clothing, but in Ireland it’s just not possible.

There’s no state aid, training or crafts, no factories, no route to business – it’s sad, because 30 or 40 years ago, we had a thriving garment industry.

There are still very talented people today but no support.

‘‘Now, it’s easier for me to be a designer-for-hire. So if a Japanese company phones me up requesting a line, I can provide that painlessly. I can’t produce clothes indigenously, as we don’t have the expertise.

Obviously, outsourcing manufacturing overseas adds a huge cost. I feel it’s too risky to establish a company – there are some of my braver contemporaries who do it, but I prefer not to."

He also said that, in a recession, people bought investment pieces and usually chose an established luxury label. ‘‘In my opinion, independent designers can no longer afford to be grand. If people want to do business, you do it," he said.

As the industry continues to tighten, O’Brien said he was diversifying into different areas.

‘‘I’m working with Tipperary Crystal at the moment, with the aim of producing a collaboration line, and I’ve also signed a deal with Stoney Road Press to publish 150 copies of a book containing my sketches. I love drawing; in fact I’ve recently returned to the RHA for more lessons," he said.

The designer has previously worked in such top fashion houses as Dior, Givenchy, Chloe' and Karl Lagerfeld, and the House of Rochas.

He returned to Ireland in 2004 and signed a three-year collaboration deal with A-wear in 2006.

His latest collaboration with Arnotts is limited, as the designer said it was ‘‘a test run for all of us. It’s a big investment for a company to make," he said.

He said that he could make a living from this work, but that a collaboration with a large British chain like Debenhams was the only way to ‘‘make the big bucks’’.

‘‘However, I’m not in this for the money – it’s good PR for the brand – and of course I’m hoping that it will develop into something ongoing and long-term," said O’Brien.

‘‘My first job was as a window dresser for Arnotts. From there I moved to London, lied and said I had my Leaving Cert, studied at Central St Martins and eventually ended up in Paris."

However, despite the challenges of the fashion business, O’Brien said he would hopefully be working in design past retirement age. ‘‘There’s a negative perception that fashion designers age in dog years, but I know that what I do now is better than what I did when I was 30," he said.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

I'd like to showcase the work of some fashion design students from The National College of Art and Design in Dublin.

design by Deirdre Williams

Design by Demelza Buckley

design by Gillian Noonan

The full set can be seen at NCAD's Flickr album

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Irish style shines at London Fashion Week

Irish style shines at London Fashion Week

ODAY’S man striving for physical perfection was the inspiration for an Irish design student’s award-winning creation.

Waterford’s Suzanne Ferncombe was one of 27 young designers from around the world who showcased their flamboyant lingerie at this year’s International Triumph Inspiration Awards in London.

Originally from Dungarvan, and a fashion student at Limerick School of Art and Design, Suzanne’s design featured as part of a star-studded catwalk show.