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St. Angela's Students in Irish Fashion Innovation Awards

St. Angela's Students in Irish Fashion Innovation Awards

Three St. Angela’s College students took part in the Irish Fashion Innovation awards which was held on the 30th March in the Radison Blu Hotel, Galway. They were amongst entrants from seven of the top fashion design colleges throughout Ireland. Eadaoin Mc Gourty and Katleen Amazonas, third year students on the Bachelor of Arts in Textiles, Fashion and Design with Business Management and Emer Harley, a fourth year student on the Bachelor of Education in Home Economics with Economics, competed in the prestigious awards which are the only platform of its kind for young designers in Ireland.

Their brief was to design and make a contemporary dress or suit for the modern multitasking woman whose busy life requires a wardrobe that works through the day and beyond. The competition was judged by Chairperson of the Council of Irish Fashion Designers, Eddie Shanahan, Elaine Prendiville from the Sunday Business Post, Designer Rebecca Marsden and MD of Goldenegg Productions Patricia McCrossan who said “It is an honour to be able to showcase and promote upcoming Irish talent. The level of creativity and innovation that the designers bring each year is astounding and we are proud that the Irish Fashion Innovation Awards gives them the opportunity to showcase their talent to a wide audience”.

Eadaoin’s design was inspired by the visual qualities of leaves, especially how their veins create an almost patchwork like quality and how they visually change in form and texture fall from their trees. She used an organic patchwork method to create the skirt and manipulated the fabric of the top using a burning effect. The piece was also inspired by the continuous life cycle of leaves, this quality was reflected in the sustainable nature of the dress which was created using zero waste and 100% reused material. 

Katleen’s dress dramatically changed from a short day dress to a full length evening dress with a clever use of chiffon which was hidden under the short skirt and Emer’s jumpsuit in silver grey incorporated upcycled black lace with intricate beading on the wrapover bodice.

The awards celebrated their 8th year and are recognised as one of the most important and influential platforms for emerging Irish talent. Speaking about the night, producer Eddie Shanahan said “This is the show to come to if you want to see real imagination and excitement from some of the best new and established Irish Designers”.

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