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School’s Out: NCAD Graduate Fashion Show

32 NCAD graduates showcased their final collections today, using the urban backdrop of The Westbury Hotel’s underground carpark as the runway venue.  For the first time two graduating classes exhibited together, the 3 and 4 year degree graduates presented 3 to 6 looks each. frockadvisor‘s own Brendan Courtney, along with fashion designers Carolyn Donnelly, Helen Cody, Joanne Hynes and stylist Aisling Farinella took to the underground to witness first hand, what the future of Irish fashion has got in store for our runways. The cutting-edge production was just one event from NCAD’s Season of Exhibitions that will run from May through to July. 

Future Trendsetters 

NCAD is renown for producing highly successful Irish designers, with a fashion alumni that includes Alan Taylor, Orla Kiely and Simone Rocha. This year’s graduates will soon be filling Fashion Week runways, if their 2016 catwalk creations are anything to go by.

Lights, Catwalk, Action!

fashion The catwalk show is a mainstay on Ireland’s design calendar. The leading fashion event highlights the knowledge, innovation, creativity, skills and talent that Ireland’s budding young designers have to offer. 1950’s travel wear, Irish heritage, ideologies of manhood, the loss of identity through death, working class Dublin, literature and escapism are some of the influences which shaped the graduates’ collections.

Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of!

fashion Crochet, weaving, voluminous shapes and even hand-knitted plastic bag jumpers and ties! NCAD’s fashion graduates never fail to impress with their exploration of textiles. From highly conceptual creations to ready-to-wear high-street garments, the collections feature something to suit every fashion lover’s taste.

Watch This Space

fashion Brown Thomas sponsors the event for the second year running, offering a bursary, an installment of their designs at CREATE in July 2016 and a mentor programme worth €4,000. With resumes featuring stints at Proenza Schouler, John Rocha, Simone Rocha, Lanvin and House of Holland, there was an abundance of talent and experience to choose from this afternoon. Aideen Gaynor was crowned the bursary winner or “Designer to Watch”. Aideen’s collection focuses on the process of escaping into the claustrophobic childlike world within one’s mind. The winning fashion designer was chosen by Brown Thomas’ Fashion Director, Shelly Corkery, during the media preview of the collections. 

Supporters of the Arts

fashion Last month, the winner of the River Island 2016 Fashion Design Bursary was announced as William Shannon Doyle. The 22 year old designer will also showcase at the graduate event. The River Island Fashion Design Bursary consists of a €3,500 bursary, along with a 3 month paid internship in River Island’s design studio in London. The River Island Bursary was launched in 2004, this year marks the 13th year of the bursary’s association  with NCAD. The students were asked to create a spring/summer 2016 capsule collection for the highstreet store.  
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