Thursday 20 June 2019

Style forged by modern design and ancient skills

Katie models a headpiece designed by Margaret O’Connor and James O’Toole. Photos: Sasko Lazarov
Katie models a headpiece designed by Margaret O’Connor and James O’Toole. Photos: Sasko Lazarov
Katie, right, wears a leather jacket and dress from Éadach collection by Sara O’Neill at the Irish Fashion Designers show at the Peter Mark Style Club in Dublin yesterday. Photos: Sasko Lazarov
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There is little wrong with the Irish fashion industry that good, focused collections will not fix, according to Eddie Shanahan, founder of the Irish Council of Irish Fashion Designers.

A group of 22 CIFD members from the disciplines of fashion, knitwear, accessories, millinery and jewellery yesterday showed their AW18 collections.

The show closed with pieces from a collaboration between CIFD members and makers from the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland's guilds, associations, networks and societies. They used heritage skills to provoke and inspire innovation.

One example of was an iridescent PVC headpiece by Ennis milliner Margaret O'Connor and blacksmith James O'Toole. The design reflects mental health issues where cracks and broken pieces are combined as a whole with the support of bonded metal.

Irish Independent

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