Excitement is building ahead of the National College of Art and Design (NCAD)’s annual Fashion Show, taking place next Tuesday 10th May.
The NCAD Fashion Show presents a fantastic opportunity for graduating students to showcase their creative identities and their work processes as they begin their professional careers.
This year’s show takes place in the unique surroundings of the underground carpark of The Westbury who will once again support the event. The show will feature the work of 32 third and fourth year graduating students from NCAD, showcasing three to six looks each along the catwalk.
For the second year running the event is also supported by Brown Thomas who are offering a bursary and mentorship to one student, chosen by Brown Thomas Fashion Director, Shelly Corkery.
The ‘Designer to Watch’ prize will consist of a €4,000 bursary, an installation of designs in CREATE at Brown Thomas in July 2016 and also a mentoring programme with the management team. We spoke to Shelly Corkery ahead of the Fashion Show, check out the video here:
The show will feature a range of collections, from highly conceptual garments to ready-to-wear, high-street designs.
Highlights of this year’s show include the work of:
Aideen Gaynor, who has previously completed internships with John Rocha and Simone Rocha. Her work is influenced by the novel ‘Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World’ by Haruki Murakami. The aim of her collection is to communicate the process of escaping into the claustrophobic childlike world within one’s mind, using dense, large scale, floral pink and green Christopher Dresser printed fabric, and using techniques and stitch lines to create free falling voluminous shapes.
Grainne Walley, whose collection is called ‘Forgotten Lives’, is inspired by a childhood visit to Clare Island. The idea behind this collection is to channel forgotten characters of Irish heritage: the forager; the fisherman; and the quarryman. Using Irish craft techniques such as crochet, weaving and handwork, the collection incorporates elements of the characters’ surroundings and work habits into a contemporary context for a menswear collection.
Conaill O’Dwyer, whose work examines ideas of manhood using the suit as a symbol, is inspired by his own coming-of-age story. The collection comments on the use of the suit as a symbol of masculinity by playing with the classic shape by hand-knitting a tie and classic jumper from plastic bags.
The Annual NCAD Fashion Show is one aspect of NCAD’s Graduate Exhibition, which will run until July 2016.
Further information about NCAD’s BA (Hons) Degree in Fashion Design is available at: http://www.ncad.ie/undergraduate/school-of-design/fashion-design/.