DID Fashion Show: Future Sewn Up
Just where do the Irish sit on today’s fashion scale? Well, we swapped wooly jumpers for haute-couture years ago and have been sharing our unique culture on international catwalks for decades.
Following in the fashionable footsteps of world-renowned designers John Rocha, Louise Kennedy and Philip Treacy, a whole new cohort of young Irish designers are about to be unleashed on the fashion scene. The Dublin Institute of Design Graduate Fashion Show takes place on 23 May and students are poised to make their sartorial debut.
Take a look at the talents they’re set to join, from hardworking designers just starting out to household names synonymous with good taste.
Aideen Gaynor graduated from NCAD with First Class honours last year and has already started making her mark on the fashion world. She’s worked on costume design for hit TV programme Penny Dreadful and interned with John Rocha, Simone Rocha and Lela Rose.
Currently working on a Master’s degree in London, Michael Stewart’s ethereal designs won the first Kildare Village €15,000 fashion bursary last spring. Elaborate beading, intensive embroidery and careful fabric manipulation all come together to create his other-worldly garments.
Making a Splash
Ethical label Tissue was launched in 2015 by founders Gráinne Finn and Hannah Mullan. Mullan’s printmaking background and Finn’s fashion experience combine to create collections full of minimalist shapes and bold patterns.
After working at Diane Von Furstenberg’s New York headquarters, Ciara Silke returned to Ireland to embark on her own journey. Her material of choice is – unsurprisingly – silk and she uses it to create colourful scarves. Her covetable creations have been featured in British Vogue.
With the Irish fashion ecosystem showcasing such diversity – it’s the perfect time for innovative new designers to carve out a niche. See the rising stars for yourself at the Dublin Institute of Design Graduate Fashion Show on 23 May.