The accessories, garments and design pieces exhibited were selected to illustrate how emerging Irish designers incorporate innovation into their work while engaging with traditional craftsmanship and materials closely identified with Ireland such as linen, wool leather, horsehair and lace. Participating designers and labels include Úna Burke, Alan Taylor and Teatum Jones (whose work is explored under the theme of construction); Derek Lawlor, Demelza Buckley and Danielle Romerill (renowned for their inventive use of techniques); Sorcha O’Raghallaigh, Lisa Hawthorn and Angela Beaumont (who frequently investigate the role of tradition in their creations); and Electronic Sheep, Joanne Hynes, Sinéad Lawlor, Liam Fahy, Natalie B. Coleman and Daniela Cardillo (for their original use of print, colour and pattern). In addition, a selection of fashion films by Kathryn Fergusson, Niall O’Brien and Aoife Mcardle can also be viewed.
Following an opening event at the Irish Embassy, the pieces that comprise ‘RIAN: New Directions in Irish Fashion Design’ can now be seen at the Canary Wharf Mall and at The Marylebone Hotel in London.
|Necklace by Joan Hynes, jacket by Natalie B. Coleman and knitted scarf by Electronic Sheep|
Photographs © João Paulo Nunes / The Style Examiner