Students have designs on the future

Leading Irish designer Joanne Hynes was among the top designers who showcased their work at a unique gathering of up-and-coming designers in Limerick last night.

The Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD) graduate, who has designed clothes for celebrities such as Amy Hubberman, Jessie J, and Tulisa took part in the college’s annual fashion show which took place for the first time in the city’s Milk Market.

Well-known LSAD alumini including Natalie B Coleman, Tim Ryan, and Danielle Romeril also showcased their work.

“Limerick School of Art and Design fashion department is going from strength to strength and this year will see the school participate in London’s Fashion Graduate Show, a first for an Irish college,” said Mike Fitzpatrick, head of school, LSAD.

As 2013 is also the year of the Gathering, the fashion show, dubbed “Nineteen”, is running in tandem with an International Alumni Fashion Gathering today, with a homecoming of stellar design talent to Limerick City invited to showcase their work at the fashion show, and to inspire young designers.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for LSAD, and Limerick City, to reconnect with our graduates and for them to share their wealth of knowledge with current students and the general public alike” said Anne Melinn, head of fashion in LSAD.

The graduate fashion show last night saw 19 students showcase their awe-inspiring creations. Michael Stewart was the overall winner, scooping the coveted Bord Gáis Networks Award for the best overall collection based on use of fabric and concept development, which includes a €2,500 bursary.

Svitlana Andryiets won The AIB Business Development Award for the collection showing the most commercial potential, which includes a bursary of €2,500, and a year’s mentoring programme.

Today LSAD, in partnership with Bord Gáis Networks, will host a special event as part as some LSAD alumni designers have been invited to showcase their work at the show and share their experience at the fashion seminar.

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