LSAD students’ draw on military inspiration for exhibition

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Dresses designed by Aoife Eustace Doyle, Kate Spillane and Megan Harley Peters for the Stitches in Time: Fashion inspired by the Soldiers & Chiefs Exhibition at the National Museum
DRESSES inspired by parachutes, gas masks, rifles and helmets and designed by second year students at Limerick School of Art and Design are to go on display in Dublin.

DRESSES inspired by parachutes, gas masks, rifles and helmets and designed by second year students at Limerick School of Art and Design are to go on display in Dublin.

Stitches in Time: Fashion inspired by the Soldiers & Chiefs Exhibition will be opened in the National Museum at Collins Barracks on Saturday by LSAD graduate Niamh Lunny, who is head of costume design at the Abbey Theatre.

The 12 intriguing garments were inspired by the museum’s award winning exhibition. In total, 25 second year fashion design students at LSAD worked on creating garments inspired by the collection of gas-masks, 18th century soldier’s helmets, rifles and a WWI parachute.

The resulting garments will go on display in the Hunt Museum in November after the stint at in Dublin and Michelle Molloy, fashion design lecturer in LSAD, said it was a “new venture for us” and that the fashion department was “delighted with this partnership with the National Museum.

“The exhibition was a great source of inspiration for the students, who worked in Dublin on the designs. We are very happy with the results.”

Ms Molloy explained that the students had the opportunity to research and document the exhibition first-hand, helping to form a valuable understanding of the importance of primary research within their work.

“This hands-on approach has greatly enhanced their understanding of historical uniform and artefacts which is evident in the standard of finish and detail in the final garments,” she said.

Students researched and designed their creations based on themes such as the Wild Geese, World Wars I and II and the Irish Defence Forces, taking inspiration from the clothing and equipment of the various periods.

Helen Beaumont, education and outreach officer at Collins Barracks, said the museum was “delighted” to be involved in the partnership with LSAD.

The exhibition will be on display in Collins Barracks until October 26, before moving to the Hunt Museum in November.