Feast of fashion at Limerick’s Milk Market

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

Anne Melinn, head of fashion at LSAD, Celia Holman Lee and Linda O'Brien, Bord Gais Networks at the LSAD fashion show. Picture: Brian Arthur/ Press 22
LIMERICK’S Milk Market rivalled the catwalks of London, Milan and Paris when over 500 people turned out to feast their eyes on the prestigious LSAD Graduate Fashion Show.

LIMERICK’S Milk Market rivalled the catwalks of London, Milan and Paris when over 500 people turned out to feast their eyes on the prestigious LSAD Graduate Fashion Show.

The Limerick School of Art & Design (LSAD), in partnership with Bord Gáis Networks, showcased the awe-inspiring designs of 27 graduates on the night.

“It was a fantastic celebration supported by Limerick City of Culture,” said Anne Melinn, head of fashion at LSAD.

“RTE’s Nationwide came down and filmed and that will be shown in the next week or two. The weather was absolutely divine - we were blessed. It was a packed house. All the updates were tweeted online. We were absolutely thrilled and very proud of the 27 graduates,” she added.

Among those in attendance was Paris-based Irish fashion designer Sharon Wauchob who flew in from France for the show.

“Sharon worked tirelessly for three days interviewing the students to identify the student who was going to win the final bursary award of €10,000,” Ms Melinn continued.

The Sharon Wauchob work placement bursary which is worth €10,000 went to student Eadaoin O’Driscoll from Cork.

The prize includes a full-time work placement in Paris with the internationally-renowned designer.

A collection inspired by masks designed by Caroline Martin, a native of Raheny, Dublin won the prestigious Bord Gáis Networks Award for the best collection based on use of fabric and concept development.

The AIB bursary of €2,500 was presented to student Ruth Doyle from Maynooth, Kildare for the most commerically viable collection.

The prize includes a year’s mentoring for a business start-up.

“Well done to all the students involved. We are looking forward to going to London Graduate Week in two weeks’ time,” added Ms Melinn.