Tuesday 16 January 2018

Gathering in the name of fashion

Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

An international fashion festival will attract almost 100 of the world's most promising young designers.

Model and agent Celia Holman Lee is the driving force behind the Limerick International Fashion and Design Festival as it makes its return after a 13-year hiatus.

Ms Holman Lee (62) says the International Fashion Student Awards will be "the highlight" of the five-day fashion festival, which starts on October 29 and is a flagship Gathering event for Limerick.

The theme for the competition is 'Homecoming and Heritage', and it will see almost 100 young designers from around the world do battle for a bursary of €10,000 and a scholarship with the Irishman who dressed Oprah – Don O'Neill.

Ms Holman Lee has organised this event with the support of the IPB Gathering Fund and Brown Thomas.

"There is a great colleague of mine, John McNamara, who would be my right hand in this. And then my family – my daughter Cecil, my daughter-in-law Asta, and my husband Ger. We have been stuck in this for nearly a year."

Ms Holman Lee is behind one of the country's longest-running model agencies and she hopes that this event will not only showcase upcoming talent, but also promote her home town of Limerick. "When we decided to do this, it was all about having a festival, and second of all, it was about Limerick."

Irish Independent

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