IT’S FASHION, but not as you know it.
Students at Limerick College of Further Education are currently putting the finishing touches to a number of weird and wonderful objects, for their upcoming Mad Hatter’s Tea Party next week.
The annual fashion, hair and beauty extravaganza will be an interactive exhibition, opening on Thursday, March 31, at 7pm at Ormston House, a Creative Limerick space, on Patrick Street.
Miia Satama, fashion department at the college, said they were looking for a new way to showcase the fresh, original talent that exists amongst the fashion, hair and beauty learners in LCFE.
“We felt the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party theme would be an ideal way to stimulate the creativity of our learners while providing our audience with an innovative event that would be a new take on conventional exhibitions or fashion shows.
“Guests will also get to show off their creative skills on the night by taking part in knitting workshops, in keeping with the growing international trend towards re-discovering handmade crafts,” said Ms Satama.
Incorporated in the exhibition will be garments created out of recycled sportswear, hand-dyed natural fibre dresses and recycled t-shirt knitting.
Fashion learners will be competing for prizes across four main fashion categories this year: Most Creative Future Makers Dress Design; Best Mad Hatters Outfit; Most Environmentally-Friendly Knitwear Collection and Most Commercially Viable Collection.
Previous event winners and LCFE success stories include Raffaelle Ascoine, who is currently completing an MA at St. Martin’s College in London, and who has worked for Italian designer label MaxMara in Milan.
Other successful graduates of the college in this department include Paul Imbush, who is now working as European Visual Display Manager for denim brand Levi Strauss.