Up-and-coming Limerick designers make their fashion statements with graduate awards

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Up-and-coming Limerick designers make their fashion statements with graduate awards

Winners Ijeoma Griffin and Shauna Ward at the LSAD Unrwap exhibition | Picture: Brian Arthur

TWO students at the Limerick School of Art and Design LIT have been named winners as the graduating class launched their debut collections.

Last Thursday, BA Fashion Design and BA Fashion, Knitwear and Textiles graduate unveiled their award-winning work at the Unwrap exhibition launch. 

Shauna Ward, a graduate of the BA Fashion, Knitwear and Textiles course, was named overall winner at the 2019 graduate collection launch, receiving €1,000 and LEO mentoring and training.

BA Fashion Design graduate Ijeoma Rosita Griffin, from Annacotty, received the special judges prize of €500 plus LEO mentoring and training.

The exhibition launch included the screening preview of the 2019 BA Fashion Design graduate collection film, styled by leading fashion stylists Kieran Kilgallon, and shot by filmmaker Albert Hooi.

This year’s 23 BA Fashion Design graduating student group included Holly Rose Twomey, who won the 2019 Irish Fashion Innovation Awards Student Designer of the Year Award.

The BA Fashion Design Students have had another very successful year of international work placements all over the world in global designers’ studios, including Ellery in Australia, Simone Rocha London, McQueen London and Game of Thrones Belfast.

A collaboration between students from the BA in Fashion, Knitwear and Textiles, and Creative Media and Design students from LIT Clonmel, also featured in a second multimedia fashion showcase. 

Photography of these students’ work was shot by acclaimed photographer Johnny Savage. Current trends and concerns such as sustainability, craft versus technology, diversity, and global design marketplace motivated these contemporary textile collections.