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Stitch in time

Stitch in time

Stitch in time

Stitch in time

Stitch in time

Stitch in time

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Stitch in time

GAS masks, parachutes and an 18th century military helmet are just some of the items behind a new exhibition blurring the lines between fashion, history and war.

Students from the Limerick School of Art and Design have taken inspiration from military items on display in Dublin's Collins Barracks to create some truly unique designs.

Helen Beaumont, Education & Outreach Officer at Collins Barracks said the exhibition allowed the museum to provide a "place of inspiration" for up and coming designers.

"This was the perfect project for us. The garments are really creative and imaginative. All of them are brilliant but some of them would take your breath away," she said.

"They are probably not what you might wear going into town on a Saturday afternoon but the finish and the quality of some of the pieces is just fantastic."

There are 12 garments on show, inspired by an array of historical artefacts from the 16th century right up to WW2.

Michelle Molloy, Lecturer at Limerick School of Art & Design said the college was "delighted" to partner up with the museum.

"This hands-on approach has greatly enhanced [the students] understanding of historical uniform and artefacts which is evident in the standard of finish and detail," she said.

Young designer Sarah Kate Spillane's presentation was inspired by the "webbing and parachutes" of WW1 uniforms.

"I used protection as my key theme, referencing the infiltration methods of the British army in the Battle of Arras in 1917," said Ms Spillane.

Many of the items that inspired the collection are on show in the museum's 'Soldiers and Chiefs' exhibition.

'Stitches in Time' is on display at Collins Barracks in Dublin from September 20 to October 26.

Irish Independent