Festival to prove Limerick’s ‘strong’ fashion image

Fintan Walsh

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Fintan Walsh

Becky, Ann-Lee and Carrie-Lee from The Holman-Lee Agency wearing outfits from fashion student designers that will be competing at Limerick IFSA next Thursday. Picture: Liam Burke/Press 22
SOME of the leading young fashion designers from all over Europe will showcase their work at the Limerick International Fashion and Design festival.

SOME of the leading young fashion designers from all over Europe will showcase their work at the Limerick International Fashion and Design festival.

According to the Holman Lee Agency, which is organising the events from Tuesday, October 29 to Saturday, November 2, the highlight of the week will be the International Fashion Students Awards. This will take place at the Franciscan Church, Henry Street, on Thursday, October 31.

Agency chief Celia Holman Lee said the response from all the participating colleges has been “fantastic”.

“We have 19 colleges from Ireland, UK and Europe coming to Limerick to participate in the student awards on October 31. The response has been absolutely fantastic and it just goes to show the strong reputation that Limerick fashion has,” she told the Limerick Leader.

The judges of the fashion competition are THEIA creative director, Don O’Neill, New York; Brown Thomas creative director, John Redmond; The Sunday Independent and Life Magazine fashion editor, Constance Harris; and Limerick’s Leanne Moore.

Ms Holman Lee said: “The overall winner will receive €10,000, plus an internship with THEIA fashion house in New York, headed by judge Don O’Neill.”

She said there will be a coffee morning to celebrate the opening of the festival, at the Franciscan Church, next Wednesday, at 10.30am.

“Things are really heating up now for the Limerick International Fashion and Design Festival. But one of the big events that we really want to highlight for the festival is our coffee morning in the old Franciscan Church, on Henry Street, on Wednesday, October 30. It’s to celebrate the opening of the festival, where there will be entertainment for the people, provided by the Unity Gospel Choir. The doors open at 10.30am. All proceeds of the coffee morning will go towards Adapt.

“Coffee on the day will be provided by Delish. There will be a best dressed competition there, which is being sponsored by Tadhg Kearney Jewellers. The whole event is free, so it will be a nice day to take the weight off your shoulders,” she explained.

On Wednesday, October 30, Imasa Lifestyle presents its Autumn-Winter collection with “entertainment, dinner and bubbly” in Marco Polo Restaurant, O’Connell Street, with proceeds going to Breast Cancer Research.

Tickets for the Limerick International Fashion Student Awards can be purchased from the Limerick Leader office for €20 each. RTE’s Nationwide Mary Kennedy will also be there to cover this 
event.