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Monday 27 March 2017

Young Fermoy fashion designer Eadaoin says 'Bonjour' to Paris

A knitted piece by Eadaoin, inspired by native American dress.
A knitted piece by Eadaoin, inspired by native American dress.

BILL BROWNE

A TALENTED young designer has bid 'slán leat' to Fermoy and 'bonjour' to Paris after scooping top spot in one of Ireland's most prestigious graduate fashion competitions.

Éadaoin Ní Drisceoil from the Duntaheen Road in Fermoy, was among 27 students who showcased their awe-inspiring creations at the 2014 Limerick School of Art & Fashion Design (LSAD) Graduate fashion show.

Her collection, inspired by the novel 'The Virgin Suicides', was selected by internationally acclaimed Irish designer Sharon Wauchob as the winner of the inaugural Irish Fashion Incubator Limerick (IFIL) @ LSAD bursary.

The bursary, worth a cool €10,000, will also see Éadaoin travel to the French capital to spend six-months working in Wauchob's studio alongside head designer Yoshi Hori.

Speaking to The Corkman, a beaming Éadaoin could not hide her shock and surprise at winning the award.

"I was completely gobsmacked. It was such as shock," she admitted.

"I was so honoured to accept the award and to be chosen by Sharon Wauchob was the icing on the cake. I will be heading of to Paris in a month of two and can't wait to get going," said Éadaoin.

Her collection was inspired by Sofia Coppola's thought provoking 1999 screen adaptation of Jeffrey Eugenides novel 'The Virgin Suicides'. The story is based around five sisters growing up in a strict Catholic household in 1970s American suburbia and their journey into self destruction throughout their short adolescence.

"I drew particular inspiration from the youngest of the sisters who on the surface exudes all of the qualities a parent would want from their child. But under the surface, she practices promiscuity beyond her years," said Éadaoin.

"The collection is essentially a visible account of a teenage girl and her first love. It relates how she is consumed by it and how it takes over her life. It is a coming of age story of obsession and passion," she added.

To find out more about Éadaoin and her work visit

www.eadaoin-ni-drisceoil.weebly.com.

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