Class of 2023 • Fashion

Niamh McGovern

Niamh McGovern
Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD)


Graduation Year
Class of 2023


VODKA FROM THE HOLY GRAIL My collection is inspired by the ambiguous concept of rituals. I started off by exploring the meticulous ceremonies associated with the catholic church. Baptism, communion, confirmation, weddings; and I was fascinated by the extravagance associated with these practices. This led me to look at my parents wedding album where I was inspired by the opulence of a catholic ceremony. These cultural traditions that my parents partook in were quite different to the current behaviours of my friends and I; getting all dolled up to go on the nightclub dancefloor. Upon wearing my mother's wedding corset, in the nightclub, I realised the similarities between these rituals, while feeling a vitality in their differences. Using my mother's wedding corset and the youthful implication of dressing down to dress up, I conceptualise a reimagined world where a nightclub wedding exists; a world where the opulence of a catholic ceremony can marry the beautiful vigour of Irelands youth. This utopian marriage inspired a collection of strong, regiment forms with bursts of chaos throughout; paying homage to the beauty of Irelands traditions, in whatever form they take.
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