The Fashion strand of Irish Design 2015 was launched at the International Fashion Showcase during London Fashion Week. Ireland participated in the event for the first time this year, with a curated installation presented by ID2015 and supported by Fashion Exhibition Partner Kildare Village.
The International Fashion Showcase offers the public together with the international press and buyers the chance to explore work by some of the most innovative young fashion designers from around the world.
Commissioning In the Fold enabled ID2015 to provide an opportunity for emerging Irish fashion designers to participate on an international platform, and gain the experience required for launching and developing a fashion label
Eight fashion designers across the practices of womenswear, menswear& millinery were exhibited within an original installation structure designed by architects ABGC. Graphic designers Steve O’Connell and Bobby Tannam collaborated on the printed material and exhibition signage design. Gemma A. Williams curated the fashion. Designers and creative professionals featured included:
CAOIMHE MAC NEICE
With a strong focus on innovative construction and material experimentation, garments are reduced to simple geometric shapes with construction informing the design process. The garments allow us to create identity and navigate the digital world.
Sourced from sustainable materials with minimal wastage, garments are exquisitely tailored with intricate handwork and fabrications. This brand challenging fashions conventions in terms of manufacture and concept while conceptually exploring the residue of the economic recession.
JOCELYN MURRAY BOYNE
Investigating contrasts in man-made environments and spaces in the natural world, garments are often cut and adapted from men’s patterns resulting in an oversized, unisex, utilitarian silhouette. This creates an expansive 3D canvas for texture and fabric design.
Inspired by communes and cults of 1970s, pagan white, cotton robes expressing simplicity. Intensive hand beading in high relief conveys self reliance. Utilising differing white cottons in varying weights create a flat, organic aesthetic.
Her graduate menswear collection used signature menswear garment shapes to explore the recent turmoil of the Irish economy. Infused with contemporary dance accents, the clothing communicates traditional values while working illustrations printed on the exterior, expose the veracity of the design process.
RORY PARNELL MOONEY
Powerful, ecclesiastical shapes which play on ritualistic and ceremonial dressing are pushing boundaries in menswear. Garments are intensely researched advocating slow fashion and the cultural associations of clothing such as concealment.
OLIVER DOHERTY DUNCAN
This brand updates traditional handcrafts such as basket weaving innovatively creating contemporary designs informed by natural anatomy. These sculptural garments explore the transformative relationship of the act of wearing.
This Dublin-based brand explores spatial perameters and relative positioning to engineer headwear utilising artisanal methods. Playing with textures, fabrics includes waxed cotton, beads and abaca to conceal and reveal the face.
Over 5000 visitors attended the showcase, which marked the start of ID2015 Fashion activities for the year