Catwalk shows will reveal fashion talents of the future
It's that time of the year when the fashion industry sits up and takes careful notice of the college graduate shows in the hopes of spotting the next Simone Rocha, whose career has sky-rocketed since graduating from Dublin's NCAD just seven years ago.
The spotlight shines on Limerick School of Art and Design next Thursday night, as 28 graduates showcase their collections.
The Limerick school has the largest fashion degree programme in Ireland and prizes on the night include the coveted IFIL and AIB Graduate Business Development Award worth €5,000. That includes three months paid work experience in London with leading LSAD graduate Danielle Romeril. Her label is now stocked in 10 countries, including Japan, China and the US.
The student showing the most unique cut and technical creativity will win the €2,500 LIT Award, while the €2,000 Ecco award is for the most innovative use of fabric. There are four graduate fashion shows over nine days, with the Griffith College show in Dublin on Thursday and the Dublin Institute of Design show in the Music Room at Christchurch Cathedral on Friday.
The NCAD show takes place on May 27 at the Westbury Hotel, with 15 students competing for a new Brown Thomas bursary.