Saturday 24 September 2016

My Story: Cutting a dash in fashion

Cathy McEvoy

Published 06/01/2016 | 16:30

One of Cathy McEvoy's designs at the Griffith College first year showcase 2015
One of Cathy McEvoy's designs at the Griffith College first year showcase 2015
Cathy McEvoy

Cathy McEvoy always loved fashion and art and wanted a specialised degree course to get her started in the industry.

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The BA (Hons) in Fashion Design was the CAO first choice for the Waterford girl and she hasn't looked back.

Cathy, a former pupil of Ursuline Convent, Waterford, says from the outset she has "found it very well rounded and covers all sorts of subjects. I've learned a wide range of skills, from pattern cutting and sewing to photography and business planning,

Now in second year, Cathy who will be 21 this month, says she is already starting to feel like she has a strong base of knowledge to take to an internship.

"I've learned a huge amount. There are lots of opportunities for competitions and internships.

She says the small classes at Griffith College means that "we get lots of individual time with our lecturers and we are also a close group as a class, which leads to really cool idea collaboration.

"I've built a wide range of skills, from pattern cutting and sewing to photography and business planning, and I'm already starting to feel like I have a strong base of knowledge to take to an internship".

With the Easter Rising centenary commemorations getting underway in earnest, Cathy will be making her own unique contribution to events. The major Dublin department store, Arnotts, has asked the second year fashion design students at Griffith College to come up with a 2016 take on the uniform worn by members of Cumann na mBan 100 years ago, The army has provided the students with green wool fabric to ensure a certain consistency but each student is coming up with his or her own design. The pieces will form part of an exhibition in Arnotts next month.

"I'm really looking forward to the great exposure by working on projects like the one we are working on for Arnotts" said Cathy.

MEADHBH McGRATH

Irish Independent

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