|White twisted ruffle neckpiece by Rachel McKnight|
Designed by Rafaelle Swynghedauw, the exhibition was displayed at the Barbara Stanley Gallery (the only London gallery that solely represents contemporary Irish artists) between 18 and 27 February 2014 to coincide with London Fashion Week. Under the sharp curatorial direction that has started to define the budding career discreetly but successfully crafted by Williams, the exhibition showcased a selection of innovative jewellery and accessories pieces conceived by contemporary Irish designers based in the UK and Ireland, including Una Burke, Melissa Curry, LAF Design, Karen Donnellan, Joanne Hynes, Derek Lawlor, Eoin Lyons, Rachel McKnight, Eily O'Connell, Lynsay Raine, Garvan Traynor, and Miriam Wade.
If there is a fault to point out when examining ‘RIAN: A Journey through Irish Jewellery and Accessories’ is that the period that the exhibition remained open to the public was far too short. On a positive note, it does make one look forward to the next instalment of the RIAN project and Gemma Williams’s new ventures.