The National Tailoring Academy Graduate Show 2016
Ireland’s up and coming young tailors took centre stage for the National Tailoring Academy graduation collection fashion show at The Church Bar on Mary’s Street which was hosted by the fabulously fashionable and funny, James Butler.
Mary Brady’s collection ‘An Opulent Renewal’ was first to hit the catwalk. This collection took particular influence from the rose – a symbol of rebirth and renewal, a flower which re-emerges year upon year, bigger, bolder and more beautiful, amongst the thorns.
Credit: Maxwell Photography
Brady’s collection comprised of four looks; a flirty white and red satin cocktail dress, a strong red peplum skirt suit, a hand canvased red peplum tuxedo suit and a steel bonded corseted wedding gown. This range just oozed luxury, grandeur, theatre and beauty.
Next out was the collection from Niamh Kettle who based her pieces on the statement ‘Leisure as a state of mind’. Everything looked organic, fresh and comfortable. In both womenswear and menswear there was a clear trend of traditional tailoring techniques which were contrasted with a casual aesthetic.
The fabrics were all made of Irish Linen and recycled materials that were dyed with black and natural indigo. Everything was brought back to basics is this fresh, light and youthful range by Kettle.
Finally the models took to the stage in Alex D’Paula’s ‘Make Me Tailor’ collection which was described as adaptable, versatile and detachable. In the words of D’Paula: ‘You can tie it up, release, reverse, combine, layer, add or remove’.
This collection was inspired by Alex’s transition into a more matured and complete designer while he used wool, cotton, silk and organza to bring the collection to life. An almost mythical yet grounded vibe was evident through all of these pieces.
We expect to see lots more of these budding young designers on the Irish fashion scene so watch this space! Make sure to follow us on Instagram for more #DublinFashion updates.