IT is usually bursting with the colours of fresh fruits and vegetables but on May 16 and 17, Limerick’s Milk Market will be a feast for the eyes in an entirely different sense.
The much anticipated Limerick School of Art and Design, LIT,fashion show takes place on Thursday, May 16 followed by a fashion seminar on Friday, May 17 at the Milk Market on Cornmarket Row.
The city centre venue will provide the backdrop for the showcasing of a range of awe-inspiring new designs by the next generation of Irish fashion designers who are studying in Limerick.
Nineteen final year students will showcase their collections on the night.
A selection of internationally renowned LSAD alumni designers have also been invited to showcase their work at the fashion show and, on Friday, share their experience at the fashion seminar.
Internationally renowned designers who have already confirmed that they will be in attendance include Joanne Hynes, Natalie B Coleman, Tim Ryan and Danielle Romeril.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for LSAD, and Limerick city, to reconnect with our graduates and for them to share their wealth of knowledge with current students and the general public alike,” said Anne Melinn, Head of Fashion at the award-winning Limerick School of Art and Design.
The students concerned have recently completed work placements which have taken them all over the world to prestigious design houses including Sharon Wauchob Paris, Barbara I Gongini Denmark, Alexander Wang New York, Philip Treacy London and Amit Aggarwal India.
This year promises to be an extra special occasion as the event will form part of The Gathering celebrations 2013.
Students and the general public will have access to the various designers during seminars and workshops throughout the day.
The event is sponsored by Bord Gáis Networks and forms part of a two-year partnership with LSAD.
“Bord Gáis Networks has a strong ethos of education, innovation and design,” said Sean Casey, acting managing director of Bord Gáis Networks, “and support of the communities in which we operate is very important to us,” he continued.
“We have a long and proud history in Limerick so we are delighted to partner with Limerick School of Art and Design to support budding Irish design talent and to play a part in the drive to promote Limerick city as an international centre for fashion education and excellence.”
A highlight of this year’s fashion show will be the announcement of three significant awards, following the presentation and judging of the final year collections.
The awards include the Bord Gáis Networks Award for most innovative use of fabric within a collection, the AIB Business Development Award which includes a bursary and a year’s mentoring programme and finally the Blarney Woollen Mills Knitwear Graduate Design Award which includes a bursary and an internship for one year at Blarney Woollen Mills.
Tickets for both fashion events are available now and are priced at €30 each or a family rate of four tickets for €100 for the May 16 show.