This year’s Fashion Show at the National College of Art and Design was held on Tuesday 10th May in The Westbury’s underground car park. The showcase featured the works of 32 graduating Fashion Design students, each one putting forth several pieces. This year, students from both three- and four-year degree programs had the opportunity to exhibit their design work.
The show featured a wide range of styles representing each individual designer’s creativity. From detailed embroidery work by hand to 3D-printed chest pieces, the clothing on display expressed the wide range of skills by the graduates. Each collection had a deep focus, taking inspiration from the designers’ own lives.
Shelly Corkery, Brown Thomas Fashion Director, named one lucky graduate the “Designer to Watch.” This year’s winner is Aideen Gaynor, whose collection featured a combination of intricate Japanese-inspire embroidery with a modern twist on Victorian clothing. Gaynor won a €4,000 bursary, as well as the opportunity to showcase her work at Create at Brown Thomas this July and entry into a mentoring programme with the Brown Thomas management team. Gaynor’s work can bee seen at aideengaynor.com.
Angela O’Kelly, Head of Design for Body and environment at NCAD, led the show, calling it a major event in Irish design and fashion, as well as a grand service for the students themselves. It serves as an opportunity to present the skills and talent they have developed over the last few years, now at the culmination of their undergraduate experience.
All the collections can be seen at the NCAD Graduate Exhibitions, containing works from all disciplines of the college. The exhibition will run from 17 – 26 June 2016.