Wednesday, 25 February 2015

ID15: In The Fold - Ireland at LFW

London Fashion Week AW15-16 marked the fourth International Fashion Showcase. Ireland was one of the twenty-five countries represented at the exhibition, presenting an installation of works by eight emerging designers and representing Irish design and culture - Caoimhe Mac NeiceJocelyn Murray BoyneLaura KinsellaMichael StewartNaoise FarrellOliver Duncan DohertyRichard Malone and Rory Parnell-MooneyThe installation was presented by Irish Design 2015 with LFW marking its launch before it is to tour internationally. Curated by Gemma A. Williams, the installation demonstrates how the isolation of island living can give rise to an entirely indigenous design identity - one that is clean, restrained and presents seemingly minimal but complex designs. It is very much a case of the more you look, the more you see. 

The hang of the installation allowed for room to observe the construction closely and views from multiple angles. And the "white box" gallery space for the Irish installation allowed for an oasis of calm and reflection in the hive of activity of the exhibition. The clothes were the focal point, being presented without distraction. 

And, damn, if they weren't things of intricate beauty that referenced traditional craft and design while signifying what might be made of the future. 


Michael Stewart


Oliver Duncan Doherty


Laura Kinsella


Caoimhe Mac Neice


Richard Malone and Naoise Farrell


Rory Parnell-Mooney and Jocelyn Murray Boyne

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