A MENSWEAR collection inspired by the comic series Thor saw Limerick student Grace Horan walk away with an award for the best use of tailing and contemporary elegance at this year’s Limerick School of Art & Design, LIT, Graduate Fashion Show.
The Ballysimon Road resident was one of 24 students from the college who showcased their designs at the event.
“I wanted to bring across the enjoyment of comic books. It is based on the comic series Thor - God of Thunder,” explained Grace of her “quirky, casual and fun” collection which saw her win the Miriam Mone Commemorative Award for best use tailoring and contemporary elegance.
Grace, who grew up in Hilltop on St Patrick’s Road, won a bursary of €1,000 for her efforts - she created a collection made up of six key outfits.
“It’s a black and white print. I developed it into knitwear - I blew up the print I was after making and developed that into a jumper and cardi,” explained the 23-year-old who previously studied fashion retail and styling at Limerick Senior College.
According to Grace her placement with Krizia Robustella in Barcelona last summer inspired her choice of collection.
“She did menswear and womenswear so that got me interested in the menswear for my collection. It was fantastic. It was such a brilliant experience and it was such a beautiful city,” she recalled.
Kaitlin McGrath from Kilkee was announced the overall winner of The Limerick School of Art & Design, LIT, Graduate Fashion Show 2012, which took place in the LSAD Gallery last Thursday night.
Kaitlin won the AIB Business Development Award which included a bursary of €2,500, to kick start her career in the fashion industry, and a year’s mentoring programme with renowned retail and fashion consultant Eddie Shanahan and AIB’s SME specialist Maeve Duff who were both on the judging panel.
Kaitlin McGrath’s collection was called ‘Still Grew the Beat of Our Wings’ inspired by the old Irish Legend, The Children of Lir.
The LIT Award for best use of fabric meanwhile, went to Rebecca Marsdon from County Sligo whose inspiration was cellular memory. Rebecca carried out her work experience in India.
Anne Melinn, course leader, described this year’s graduate fashion show as “a great success”.
“There was a full house which was great. I’m extremely proud of them,” she said of her students.
“They had wonderful work placements all over the world. They bought their fabrics in London - we go to London every year and they purchase their fabric so there was a lovely selection of colour and fabrication.”
According to Ms Melinn the students’ work placements are vital in helping them to acknowledge their strengths. “If they are into tailoring, texture, knit or print, when they come back they have discovered their confidence in different areas,” she added.
The Limerick School of Art & Design, LIT is renowned for its competition success. In addition to sweeping the boards at the recent DCU Style Awards the school accolades include The RDS Craft Competition and winning The Fashion Innovative Designer of the Year Award.
This year’s students are also finalists in numerous national design competitions including the Persil Fashion Awards, Gillette Venus Dress of your Dreams Awards and The Triumph International Awards representing the school in Berlin in 2010.