Limerick pitches itself as fashion hub through industry showcase

 Annual LSAD fashion show this Thursday night in Clare Street campus

Anne Sheridan


Anne Sheridan

Limerick pitches itself as fashion hub through day long showcase

A model showcases one of the designs at last year’s LSAD Graduate Fashion Show Picture: Alan Place

LIMERICK will be pitching itself as the fashion hub of the country this week as over 20 Irish and international fashion and media influencers converge on the city for a showcase of Limerick’s fashion industry.

This Thursday, Limerick will be putting its fashionable foot forward in highlighting independent boutiques, designers and young fashion design talent. 

The day will culminate with Limerick School of Art & Design’s increasingly popular annual fashion show, at LIT’s Clare Street campus, presenting its 360° Fashion Show.

The school has established itself as a serious contender worldwide in producing some of the best talent, with designers making their mark around their globe in their own right and working under some of the world’s most renowned designers.

Style queen and model agent Celia Holman-Lee has co-ordinated the guest list, including designers Sonya Lennon and Brendan Courtney, former Xposé presenter Aisling O’Loughlin and Sybil Mulcahy, and Gemma Williams from Vogue Italia.

Their day will begin with morning fashion show at House Limerick, before moving on to some of the city’s boutiques.

This will be followed by afternoon tea at the Savoy Hotel, which will focus on Munster based fashion designers and include the history of the textile industry in the city.

“Limerick's love affair with fashion is internationally recognised. We're delighted to feature the work of locally based designers, independent retailers based in the city and the young designers emerging from LSAD many of whom go on to work in fashion houses around the world,” said Laura Ryan, head of marketing and communications with Limerick City and County Council.

Ms Ryan said that this is “a unique collaboration” between a local authority and LSAD to market Limerick as a fashion destination.

Recently named in the top 100 fashion schools in the world, the LSAD fashion department has launched the careers of some of Ireland’s top designers such as Joanne Hynes.

Twenty of this year’s talented graduates will showcase their unique creations at the 360° Fashion Show, which will have an international twist, as a number of the graduates have returned from work placements with Marc Jacobs in New York, Manish Arora in India and Lever Couture in Berlin.

Mike Fitzpatrick, head of faculty at Limerick School of Art and Design, said the show annually showcases “the outstanding talent that is synonymous with Limerick School of Art and Design.

A limited number of tickets are still available for the LSAD fashion show in the gallery on Clare Street on Thursday, May 11, at 6pm.

Tickets are priced €30 each or family rate of four tickets for €100.

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