Ireland's premier showspace for emerging, young designers
A recent graduate of The Limerick School of Art and Design with a BA (First Class Honours) in Womenswear. Reconstructing and redefining his aesthetic combined with organic techniques has earned Colin a deserved reputation for attention to detail.
His work has been featured in the Triumph Inspiration Award, Vogue X MUUSE Talent 2013 as well as receiving KFW 'One to Watch' Designer 2013. Over the past three years Colin has worked with both emerging and international fashion labels such as Johanna Pihl (Stockholm, Sweden, 2012) , David Andersen (Copenhagen, Denmark, 2013) and Anne Sofie Madsen (Copenhagen, Denmark, 2014).
Colin’s work has been featured in the Independent, Tatler, IMAGE, Sunday Business Post, Marie Claire, Graduate Fashion Week, Chasseur, DISORDER amongst other publications both in print and online magazines.
A Grafton Academy graduate, the creations of Kasia Niewiedomska are a luxurious example of rising talent championing two piece ensembles, stand alone accessories and sharp cuts vs. soft finishes in a wonderful game of reveal and artfully conceal.
An executive decision to keep the brand under her own name exemplifies the importance of provenance to Kasia, who grew up in rural Poland and moved to Dublin permanently in 2007.
In her designs, Kasia explores historicised identity, which is then seamlessly interlocked with a thoroughly modern aesthetic.
Kasia has had her work included in Image magazine amongst others, with an editorial feature recently published on The Prowlster.
CAPULET & MONTAGUE
"Progressing and evolving" is how Lisa McCormack describes her jewelry label Capulet & Montague, the first collection of which was launched in 2012.
With a simplicity of form and highly-skilled craftsmanship imbued in her designs, the Longford-born designer has experienced a swift trajectory since the launch of her design company.
Modern, elegant and sleek, Lisa allows the materials to speak for themselves within each piece, creating a clarity of form and design that is distinct within all her collections. Lisa continues to explore the relationship between the past and the present, employing craft techniques that cross organic elements with modern aesthetics, without overtly altering the original form.
Capulet & Montague has gained a strong following among women who appreciate her acute boldness and purity of design; her work has gone on to feature in numerous magazines, editorial shoots and features partnered with pieces ranging from haute couture to established Irish designers..
Zoë Carol is at the vanguard of a new wave of Irish labels, informed by economy of expression and confidence of execution. The designs are characterised by a lack of girlish frivolity, displaying instead a calm self assurance and poised femininity. The Zoë Carol design language is spare, with uncomplicated tailoring conveying a minimal, timeless modernity and lightness of touch.Texture and structure are always at the fore, underscored by a neutral, organic colour palette. Simple clean lines and functionality are a defining feature of these effortless (future) wardrobe classics.
2009 Graduated Parsons, NY
2010 Winner at the BEC Fashion Entrepreneur Competition
2011 Costumes for short - ‘Storm in a Teacup’ shown at the 2011 Dublin Fashion Festival and the Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival Sydney 2012
2012 ‘Ones to Watch’ at the Golden Egg Irish Fashion Innovation Awards, sponsored by Brown Thomas
2014 'Breakthrough Designer of the Year' Nominee at the Kerry Fashion Awards, sponsored by Image Magazine
Kayleigh Forsythe’s eponymous jewellery brand was launched in 2012. Born from an ethereal, courtly aesthetic, Kayleigh’s brand knits geological beauty with a distinct skilful delicacy, each design shaped by the pivotal stones at the heart of every collection. Through an early exposure to the natural formations of the Glendalough landscape, Kayleigh strives to capture a distinct sense of global environments in her work, shaping textural, visual and elemental memories into ready-to-wear designs.
Kayleigh Forsythe’s work has featured in Irish Tatler, the Irish Independent and Life Magazine amongst others, recently featuring on the cover editorial for Image Magazine in July 2014. Kayleigh Forsythe Studio is currently based in Dublin, with each showcase underlining her reputation as an exciting fixture in Ireland’s design and creative industries.
JOCELYN MURRAY BOYNE
Jocelyn graduated from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin Ireland in 2013 where she recieved a B.Des (Hons) in Fashion Design.
In her design work she places emphasis on creating her own fabrics and wearable textiles.
For her graduate collection entitled 'Edges in Ether' she explores man's relationship with his environment and the idea of civilization versus nature. The effects that man has had on the natural world i.e. wars, bombing, nuclear testing, harvesting resources are of particular interest to her. Colour and texture inspiration for this collection are drawn from the man altered landscape and from vast environments that seem to dwarf man such as the Nevada desert, the Giant Redwood forests of the Pacific Northwest, the pulsing jungle and the evidence of civilisation left within them.
Jocelyn was a finalist this year in the iD Young Designer Awards, Dunedin NZ and is a regular contributor to the widely circulated magazine Totally Dublin.
Her spring/summer 2014 collection, currently stocked at Atelier 27, is a continuation of this theme with her signature print applied to a new range of fabrics from sheer pineapple fibre to organdie and reflective neoprene.
Self-taught designer Alice created Aliquo back in 2007 when a once-in-a-lifetime trip around the world prompted a sudden career change. After seeing so many beautiful and inspiring places Alice decided she'd had enough with the 9 to 5 life and wanted to surround herself with colourful pretty things instead. Jewellery Design was the obvious answer! She started selling her work in the Loft Market, a dedicated space for young designers in Dublin's Powerscourt centre. A few years later, Aliquo has now grown into a fully fledged label available all around the world!
Alice aims to design delicate yet original costume jewellery for women with an individual sense of style, looking for a subtle piece with a touch of whimsy. Attention to detail, playful asymmetries and touches of colour are all part of what gives aliquo jewellery its unique personality. Our aesthetic is pretty simple: It's not about following the latest fashion fads, it's about wearing something you like, something that makes you feel special.
Each piece of jewellery is carefully handcrafted with love and care in our Dublin studio.
Dolly Delinquent is a Dublin based independent Fashion label founded by Amanda Eustace and stocked exclusively in Atelier 27.
With a background in Fine Art and a graduate of the Grafton Academy, the Dolly Delinquent label specializes in creative, fun and original clothing with a strong influence from Pop Art and 60's style icons.
Each item from the collection is handmade in Dublin, many of which are carefully hand dyed. Most of these are one off pieces using high quality fabrics and finishings.
A fashion graduate of NCAD, Heather Finn specialized in Knitwear. Inspired by textiles, interiors and abstract colourists such as Howard Hodgkins and Paul Gaugain, the focus of her design has been the emotional qualities of colour and yarn.
For the past 6 years, Heather has been experimenting with colour and pattern and mixing traditional methods of crochet, hand knitting and felting with machine knitting, to create her brand of vibrant knitwear.
The tone, hue, balance and mixing of colour for each garment is carefully considered and put together with the intention of giving joy to the wearer.
"De Loup" directly translates as "of the wolf," and the label itself could be said to draw a number of parallels with its creature namesake. Fluid yet strong, statement yet clandestine. De Loup collections feature a variety of garment staples, accessories and jewellery, all of which are designed to fit effortlessly into the wearer's wardrobe and inject a touch of edginess at the same time.
Founder and designer Amy has a multi-faceted background within the fashion industry, having completed the International Baccalaureate in Visual Art and achieved an honours degree in Fashion Design at Dublin's National College of Art and Design.
Amy trained in London for a position as a flagship visual merchandiser and window display artist for the Aurora Fashions group. Moving on from merchandising, stints in fashion management followed, including a post with designer Joanne Hynes. During this time Amy undertook a business course with the City Enterprise Board; following completion of the course she decided to revisit her design roots and soon the De Loup label was born.
All De Loup designs are created by hand from Amy's studio in the Om Diva building and are strictly limited in issue. Since launching in late 2011, items from the collections have featured in publications such as the Sunday Times Style, Image, Stellar, and the Independent to name but a few. As well as being stocked in select boutiques, De Loup also offers a bespoke service. De Loup continues to grow and carve out its niche within the contemporary fashion scene and has numerous exciting plans waiting in the wings.
Alice Halliday specialises in creating ethereal, ethical fashion. She focuses on using unique, reclaimed materials as much as possible.
Her work combines the minimalistic with the intricate, featuring techniques of draping and hand embellishments. All her pieces are handmade and one of a kind. Her designs are timeless, a perfect mix of bohemian elegance and contemporary class.
She graduated from the University for the Creative Arts Epsom, Surrey, England in June 2010 with a 2:1 BA (Hons) Fashion Design. Her graduate Collection 'Soul Salvation' was shown at GFW- Graduate Fashion Week on 6th June 2010.
In 2010 Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine wore one of Alice's designs on tour; the white lace cape has become an iconic piece after being featured on Vogue.com.
Alice was awarded 'Cork Fashion Week Designer of the Year 2011' in Sept 2011 for her S/S 12 collection 'Tea with Tamara'.
Morganna Murphy eats, imagines and makes. Through kaleidoscopic colour palettes and textural surfaces, Morganna is a creator of accessories, accoutrements & ensembles. Originally from Dundalk, Morganna moved to Dublin in 2010 to study at the National College of Art & Design where she graduated with a BA hons. in Art & Artefact Textiles. Featuring on various blogs and websites, including Susie Bubbles stylebubble, Morganna Murphy stocks in Dublin's renowned Atelier 27, a respected retail platform for young Irish designers.
Morganna seeks alternate expressions of her surroundings in her collections, allowing each collection to emerge from playful & cartoonish concepts. What connects each collection is her innate technical sensibility, experimenting largely with functional possibilities to best convey her surrealist tendencies. Her most recent collection, 'Hold Me', turns handbags into private sculptures of unprecedented form. Throughout the series, the intimacy created between garments and their owners is explored, with Morganna eclipsing the functional device of the handbag -to hold- with its desire to be held. From the pink pyramid to a thoroughly modern interpretation of the medieval stocks, each element playfully expresses Morganna's aesthetic: creating "the icing on the cake of reality".
Womenswear designer Ciara Kilbride graduated from Limerick School of Art and Design in 2013 with a BA (hons) degree in Fashion Design.
Currently based in Dublin, Ciara draws inspiration from travelling, film and photography.
Her work focuses on the relationship between textiles and shape. Each collection further merging her use of hand embroidery with fluid drapes and sharp tailoring.
Having interned internationally with London womenswear and jewellery designer Kirsty Ward and in Delhi, India with womenswear and couture designer Amit Aggarwal, her experience has led to a strong attention to detail.
During her time in LSAD she was one of eight finalists, where her garment was exhibited across Ireland in Dunnes Stores as part of the Persil Competition 2013. Her graduate collection ‘Barish' was also showcased alongside 18 designers in 2013 at the Milk Market, Limerick.
Her most recent collection S/S’14, ‘Korral' was stocked at Atelier 27, om diva.
Ciara’s work has been has featured in LIFE magazine, Fashionclash, The Genteel and styling also featured in Vogue India.
DEE McKIERNAN JEWELLERY
Originally from Dublin’s North side, Dee studied Metals and Jewellery at the National College of Art and Design. During this time she undertook an exchange to Glasgow School of Art, and an internship in Delft, Holland, with Goldsmith Froukje Idsardi.
After graduating, she was accepted.
She has exhibited work at Glasgow’s Lighthouse Gallery, the Irish Design shop, Dublin, and Au Boutique in Glasgow’s West End. She now lives and works in Glasgow.
‘I am interested in narratives. I like to find a story and illustrate it. I then break these illustrations down to create wearables, using a mixture of plastic, metal and fabric.’
CUP OF JEWELLERY
Tomoyo Arita is a Japanese jewelry designer, graduating in fashion design yet choosing to specialise in unique jewelry collections. A lover of making ever since she was a child, Tomoyo mainly works with Japanese cotton pearls, swarovski crystal and leather in her signature designs. Her jewelry is inspired by Japanese kawaii style which, when partnered with swarovski crystals become elegant and sophisticated creations. Tomoyo strives to make easy to wear and comfortable pieces, with the cotton pearls at the heart of her creations as light as air
Currently Tomoyo works for a Japanese jewelley company as a Goldsmith creator. She will launch a new goldsmith brand soon.
LAURA MAY HEGARTY
Specialising in Knitwear and wool related ventures, Laura May Hegarty graduated from the National College of Art and Design in 2013. Since graduating she has been based in London where she has been involved in design and production projects and collections for Japanese childrenswear company Familiar and London based knitwear company Cabinet by Tomoko Yamanaka.
Her graduate collection, entitled On Wednesdays We Wear Pink, explored the concepts of colour psychology with the socially constructed restrictions placed on women throughout our history.
Laura May's latest accessories collection is a celebration and reinvention of the humble pom pom and is designed to dot the winter landscape with colour and unique hand-knits.