A LIMERICK student is hoping that his design, which is based on unrequited love, will win over a judging panel in Galway next Thursday at the Golden Egg Irish Fashion Innovation Awards.
The work by Crecora native Jordan Edmonds Moore is one of three collections by Limerick School of Art and Design students to feature in the final of the Student Designer of the Year 2014 category.
The other final-year students hoping to take the top honours include Ruth Doyle, Maynooth and Olga Profutkina from Shannon.
“We won it last year,” explained Anne Melinn, head of the fashion department at Limerick School of Art and Design who will travel to the awards in the Radisson Hotel in Galway next week with students and other staff members.
Jordan is looking forward to making the trip to Galway – his stepmother, Orla Moore, is a fashion lecturer in Galway Technical Institute and the college are also competing in the competition.
Jordan’s piece consists of structured netting with a jumpsuit underneath it.
“It is inspired by unrequited love and the idea of infinity and the infinity symbol,” explained the 23-year-old who submitted drawings and fabric samples as part of the competition.
“We sent it a couple of weeks to go so things have shifted and changed.” In 2012, Jordan was named the winner of the Triumph Inspiration Award 2012 in Brown Thomas, Dublin.
Looking to the future and life after college, Jordan says he is “open to whatever comes my way, perhaps in London, Paris or New York - to work with a designer for a while to get experience.”
Jordan previously worked with Iris Van Herpen in Amsterdam.
Students from the college are continuing to fly the flag for Limerick in all of the country’s top fashion competitions. Nicole Jackson is a finalist in the Persil Fashion Awards which has a top prize of €10,000.
Staff and students are also looking forward to hosting their own fashion show on Thursday, May 15 in the Milk Market as part of Limerick City of Culture.
A total of 27 fourth-year students will be showcasing their graduate collections.
“There are three awards on the night of our show - one is the Bord Gais award for most innovative use of fabric; there is an AIB bursary and a year’s mentoring by Eddie Shanahan; and there is also the Sharon Wauchob paid placement in Paris for six months,” Ms Melinn explained.
The success of the college over the years, she said, is down to hard work on the part of the students and the invaluable experience they gain on their work placements.
“It is a compulsory part of the course,” said Ms Melinn.
“All our third years now are gone to Australia, Italy, Canada, London and Paris. They go all over the world so they really do learn the reality of it, which is fantastic. Our students are creators and makers so they know the skills for bringing something from 2D to 3D.”
Limerick School of Art and Design, which was established in 1852, is now part of LIT and is located on Clare Street in the city. LSAD has an award-winning reputation within all its disciplines.