OVER 500 people enjoyed a spectacle of style to rival any of the major catwalk shows in London, New York or Paris when Limerick hosted 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 Thursday night in the Milk Market.
“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. Her winning collection was inspired by the novel and movie The Virgin Suicides, which tells the story of five troubled sisters and their journey of self-destruction throughout their short adolescence.
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 commercially 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.
LSAD is the only Irish college selected for the event, a major platform for the students and the college. The school, now under the auspices of Limerick Institute of Technology, has been named one of the top 50 fashion schools in the world.