Fashion flows from Glendalough to a London car park
Emerging Irish design talents share the spotlight at London Fashion Week this month, as couture crosses from catwalks to car park.
Eight young Irish designers have been chosen for 'In the Fold', Ireland's inaugural fashion entry in the 'International Fashion Showcase', which presents 130 emerging designers from 30 countries.
The location is certainly different. It's a car park in Soho during London Fashion Week (February 20-24). Brewer Street car park will be home for the free-to-the-public installation featuring the work of designers Caoimhe Mac Naoise, Richard Malone, Jocelyn Murray Boyne, Naoise Farrell, Rory Parnell Mooney, Oliver Duncan, Laura Kinsella and Michael Stewart.
In the past, over two dozen cultural institutions created fashion exhibitions at the International Fashion Showcase and Ireland is playing catch up. Our entry in the showcase is being presented by Irish Design 2015 in collaboration with fashion exhibition partner, Kildare Village.
Michael Stewart, one of the eight designers, moved to London this week to prepare. While he comes from east Clare, his pared-back aesthetic is very eastern. He won 'Best Overall Collection' for his graduate collection at Limerick School of Art & Design and Student Designer of the Year at the Irish Fashion Innovation awards in Galway.
His latest collection, Communes - photographed at Glendalough - features different weights of cotton shirting and drill. He spent "hundreds of hours hand-beading bugle and seed beads which create a very textural, vertical effect.
"I really feel that these designers will be the future 'ones to watch', not only in Ireland but internationally," said Gemma A Williams, who is curating the Irish installation.