Wednesday 18 January 2017

Julia has designs on menswear

Published 31/05/2010 | 05:00

National College of Art and Design student Julia Doherty with Louis
Copeland in his workshop.
National College of Art and Design student Julia Doherty with Louis Copeland in his workshop.

WHEN designer Julia Doherty decided to try her hand at a career in menswear, she never dreamed she would end up being mentored by one of the country's finest tailors.

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The 23 -year-old NCAD student from Rathmines bucked the trend in her class of 10 by becoming the only one to opt for a career in men's clothes.

Her work experience included being mentored by Louis Copeland at his Capel Street, , workrooms. Mr Copeland's client list includes Pierce Brosnan, Colin Farrell and Taoisigh Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen.

He was impressed by his protege and has forecast a bright career -- albeit one that will start abroad. "She will have to go abroad and get experience, especially in Italy, because there is no manufacturing here now," said the tailor.

Ms Doherty's contemporary looks of moulded wool and cashmere duffle coats and leather trimmed and quilted jackets were acclaimed at Saturday's NCAD graduate show at Trinity College.

Julia was first taught to sew by her grandmother, Una Scales from Palmerstown, at the age of four and she said the turning point in her career came during her internship, when she learnt how to properly make a jacket and decided to choose a career in menswear.

The good news for fashion graduates is the 'bounce' reported in retail business.

"It's like someone turned on the light and an upturn happened, " said Mr Copeland.

Two of the NCAD graduate class have secured placements with Dunnes Stores and another bursary winner will be working with River Island in London.

Irish Independent

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