Carolyn Moore showcases the most exciting new names in fashion
Showing as One to Watch at next week’s Irish Fashion Innovation Awards in Galway, Amie Egan won the coveted Persil Award in 2014, the year she graduated from NCAD.
With a design approach rooted in problem solving and story telling, form meets function in her spring summer collection of reimagined rainwear.
Using waxed cottons and coated textiles to execute her singular vision, she may be inspired by traditional Arctic dress and Irish country-wear, but as her strong silhouettes and experimental surface applications indicate, her outlook is fiercely modern.
“I’m ready to be a bit bold and shake things up,” she says.
Having worked in fashion for two decades – designing for brands like FILA, Puma and Lee Jeans — NCAD graduate Orla Langan’s eponymous label has been a long time coming, but Irish fashion fans can’t get enough of her graphic, colour blocked designs.
With a masters in Multi Media Systems, starting her label allowed Orla to meld passions for sportswear and denim while exploring the possibilities of wearable tech.
Selling in ethical store, Atrium, and online at The Fashion of Ireland, she cites her mother as a key influence.
Winning six different awards for her graduate knitwear collection in 2016, Sarah Murphy was barely out the door of Griffith College when she was marked as one to watch by press and industry alike.
After working for designer Helen Cody, she launched her debut collection at Brown Thomas CREATE in 2017.
Snapped up by Havana – sole Irish stockist of Simone Rocha – Sarah’s designs reflect her affinity for merging traditional craftsmanship with couture details and a modern femininity.
“I like to tell a story with each collection,” she says.
While a background in graphic design is evident in the work of Helen Hayes, her appreciation for craft is equally apparent.
Having studied fashion by night at the Grafton Academy, on graduating in 2015 she found herself a finalist in several student design competitions, winning UCD’s Student Designer of the Year in 2016.
Embellishing her exquisitely tailored pieces with innovative hand finishes, her intricate signature ribbon
work can see 70m of ribbon go into one garment.
“I like how hands on it is in this increasingly fast world of technology,” she says of her approach.
Another One to Watch at this year’s Fashion Innovation Awards, Pearl Reddington has been leaving her playful, graphic stamp on Irish fashion’s most traditional realm since graduating from NCAD in 2016.
Torn between studying fashion or textiles, in knit she found the best of both worlds, and her exploration of its boundary pushing potential secured her a prestigious Future Makers award in 2017.
Too often seen as something ‘crafty’, for Pearl, “knitting is about being an artist interpreting my world and responding creatively to that”.
Combining an avant-garde edge with formidable technical skills, David O’Malley graduated with a degree in textiles and embroidery from NCAD in 2013, before honing his eye with a masters in fashion in 2017.
Weaving, knitting and draping his signature skins to mould and shape the body, his interest in textiles continues to invigorate his work, and bespoke clients around the world have come to appreciate his unique approach.
“I love making exciting, dramatic, one-off pieces which excite, engage and sometimes even shock audiences,” he says.