Meets Obsession magazine has partnered with Solas Nua, a local non-profit dedicated exclusively to contemporary Irish arts who has graciously given us EXCLUSIVE tickets to give to you, our readers.
We’ll select several winners who will receive admittance to this press-only event with cocktails, nibbles and international fashion by four critically acclaimed designers that will be featured in the February 2012 fashion showcase, Paisean Faisean!
Also during the event, there will be a special US premiere screening of the short film Catalytic Clothing by artist/designer Helen Storey MBE and scientist Professor Tony Ryan OBE showcasing “Herself,” a dress created by the Northern Irish textile designer Trish Belford, featuring supermodel Erin O’Connor.
This is a press-only event, so tickets will not be on sale. Check out some of the fabulously talented designers that you’ll see below and click here to throw your name in the hat!
Solas Nua brings DC a fashion show unlike any other. Showcasing the talents of four Irish fashion designers, Fathom Creative will play host to an exciting fashion installation event for a special sneak peak of what’s to follow at our February 2012 fashion showcase, Paisean Faisean!
Designers featured in the show include Joanne Hynes, the award winning designer who established her label in 2005. She was born and raised in the West of Ireland and is a Saint Martins London, MA graduate. Mario Testino featured her AW11 Crystal jewelry in his September editorial in VOGUE and her crystallized t-shirt was chosen for VOGUE SPY in the same September issue of VOGUE UK. Joanne Hynes shows at London and Paris Fashion week in September following on from the success of previous seasons.
Born in Puckane, Co. Tipperary but based in London, Tim Ryan specialises in beautifully crafted knitwear design. Tim Ryan’s work to date has featured at Dublin and Paris Fashion Weeks as well as featuring in noted publications such as VOGUE ITALIA, I.D. MAGAZINE and is a constant search for new constructions and juxtapositions underpinned by a firm grounding in traditional craft. All of Tim’s designs are ethically produced mainly in Ireland and the United Kingdom and across Europe.
Belfast born couture milliner Gráinne Maher is currently Fashion Designer of the Year as awarded by the prestigious Ulster TATLER MAGAZINE. She creates bespoke headwear, including hats, fascinators, tiaras and corsages. She also reworks and remodels vintage headpieces under the design label Pluck & Devour. Working from her home studio Gráinne produces sophisticated pieces using classic shapes, hand-dyed feathers and antique embellishments. She also experiments with avant-garde styling and modern materials including leathers, sheepskin and Perspex to achieve statement pieces that are not for the fainthearted. Her new, edgy jewellery and accessories label Pluck & Devour is a fine example.
Umit Kutluk is a 2011 graduate of Grafton Academy of Dress Design in Dublin and has won four prestigious fashion design competitions in Ireland including Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) 2011 Fashion show sponsored by Alfa Romeo, University College Dublin (UCD) ‘Young Irish Fashion Designer of the Year 2011’, Dublin City University (DCU) ‘Fashion show and Young Designer of the Year’, and Gillette Venus Sponsored, ‘Dress of Your Dreams’. As a result of his competition wins, Umit has been profiled extensively on internet style blogs and in Irish fashion media including a recent profile in NONE Magazine.
We’ll also be showing a special US premiere of the short film Catalytic Clothing by artist/designer Helen Storey MBE and scientist Professor Tony Ryan OBE showcasing ‘Herself’, a dress created by the Northern Irish textile designer Trish Belford, featuring supermodel Erin O’Connor.
Catalytic Clothing seeks to explore how clothing and textiles can be used as a catalytic surface to purify air, employing existing technology in a new way. It is the brainchild of artist / designer Helen Storey and chemist Tony Ryan – people from very different worlds whose minds have come together over recent years in highly successful art/science collaborations. For more info, please visit their website: http://www.catalytic-clothing.org
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