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Ireland hosts dramatic international design show

07-09-2012 10:57 BJT

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To mark the finish of the Volvo Ocean Race in Galway, Ireland, an International Design Collective was held to highlight the nine day celebrations taking place across the city. The Irish were wowed with designs from as far away as New Zealand and South Africa.

Galway, a city not synonymous for International fashion shows, transformed itself into a global showcase of design for one night only. Marking the final weekend of the Volvo Ocean race, designers from New Zealand, South Africa, the UAE, Portugal, France and the USA - joined Irish designers for an evening of intriguing design.

Dubbed as one of the largest fashion shows held in Ireland, the show is hoped to further springboard Irish design onto the international stage.

Patricia Mccrossan, show organizer, said, “The wonderful thing is these designers are meeting our designers here in Ireland and are not just meeting our established designers but are meeting our young innovative up and coming designers so there is going to be some cross pollination and relationships built.”

To mark the finish of the Volvo Ocean Race in Galway, Ireland, an International Design
Collective held to highlight the nine day celebrations taking place across the city.

New Zealand’s designer Annah Stretton’s label Chameleon showcased her signature one size fits all dress, which can be worn in 10 different ways. With the idea that it can be worn by any woman in a myriad of situations no matter what her shape, colour or style.

UAE’s designer Abeer Al Suwaidi’s collection of traditional Arabic abayas was the highlight of the show, with the Irish audience not used to seeing Arabic dress, famous for her original skinny black abayas that combine classic with the 21st century.

Her collection of abayas shown here was tailored to the international audience, with modern headpieces and shorter sleeves on display, and in true Arabian style adorned with glitter and gold.

Abeer Al Suwaidi, Emirati designer, said, “It’s fantastic, I didn’t expect this response. People are very excited, very curious about our traditional garments and appreciated it and understood what I was trying to showcase in these pieces which is a mix of contemporary and traditional.”

The show provided Ireland’s up and coming designers a chance to impress. And they didn’t disappoint. Natalie Coleman’s tailored trousers and jumpsuits were a big hit with the audience. And Heidi Higgins showcased a range of tailored dresses dominated with colours and pops of colour.

Heidi Higgins, Irish designer, said, “I dye up all my colours specifically. We have a beautiful ocean blue, we had a raspberry. Really rich colours, but pops of colour too. And also tailored pieces. It’s all about the colour and the little detailing which you saw on the little bow on the dress. So it’s simplicity yet statement pieces all the same.”

One of Ireland’s most talented young milliners Mark T Burke unveiled a unique collection of headpieces, specially created for the show.

Jewellery sculpted from Irish bog wood which is a deposit of dead plant materials over 5000 years old - was a big hit at the show. Showing statement pieces from necklaces to hair jewels. US based Irish actress Victoria Smurfit who flew in to host the show was impressed with Galway’s achievement.

Victoria Smurfit, Irish actress, said, “I got a call and was invited to come over, Galway is the new New York. It’s all happening here, it’s a spectacle; the energy here is so full. And I loved the idea that the Galway ocean race had a stopover in 2009 and thought this is too good we are going to have the finish of the race here and they done it.”

The show closed with a collection by recently graduated young Irish designer Rebecca Marsden. The audience was wowed with dramatic brass and gold colours.

Dubbed the future of Irish design - It’s clear why International designers flocked to Ireland to showcase their collections alongside talent like this.

It’s not just the local community but the international crowds that are in town for the Volvo Ocean Race that are enjoying the global designs on offer here.

To mark the finish of the Volvo Ocean Race in Galway, Ireland, an International Design
Collective was held to highlight the nine day celebrations taking place across the city.

To mark the finish of the Volvo Ocean Race in Galway, Ireland, an International Design
Collective was held to highlight the nine day celebrations taking place across the city.

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Editor:Wang Chuhan |Source: CNTV.CN

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