Class of 2023 • Fashion

Niamh Saunders

Niamh Saunders
National College of Art and Design (NCAD)


Graduation Year
Class of 2023


‘To My Sugar Plum’ is an androgynous collection that pays homage to my grandmother. This collection is a nostalgic reflection of my childhood summer holidays spent with my grandmother in her mobile home down in Kilmuckridge, County Wexford.My grandmothers pet name for me has been ‘Sugar Plum’ for as long as I can remember, she has left me countless notes and cards over the years - always addressing me as Sugar Plum. The cards my grandmother has left me along with family photo inspiration fed my print work in this collection. In the outset of this degree collection, I began drawing inspiration from family photographs of the summer holidays I experienced as a child, as well as photographs found of my grandmother and her four sisters on their own summer holidays in the 1950’s. Upon visiting her mobile home, interiors such as the quilted couches, mesh curtains and floral wallpapers began to inform knitwear and fabric sampling. The ever-charismatic yet weathered exteriors of the mobile stimulated colour palettes and prints. The exterior pieces of this collection are a reflection on the outermost parts of the mobile home, while the interior pieces reflect upon the family within.
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