Picture above: Niamh Mannion’s mother Denise collected the Persil Award for 2016 on her behalf, and is pictured with judges Brendan Courtney and Sonia Lennon. The winning design is modeled by Leva Paulikaityte LSAD LIT Fashion Show 2016
Renowned for being one of the world’s top 50 fashion colleges, Limerick School of Art and Design has certainly confirmed its reputation for sculpting talented Irish designers, having won a number of high profile awards in the fashion industry.
LSAD was yet again the only Irish college chosen to participate at the recent London Graduate Week, and students’ work was displayed and published in Europe Emerging Fashion Designers.
Niamh Mannion winning the prestigious Persil Fashion Award which saw her walk away with €10,000 is another victory by the college which greatly deserves recognition.
Michael Stewart was awarded the first Kildare Outlet Village Fashion Bursary worth €15,000.
LSAD graduates were also big winners at Kerry Fashion Week with Colin Horgan winning The Image Breakthrough Designer of the Year Award, Alanna McIntyre winning the One to Watch Award and Greta Lelyte winning the Kerry Designer of the Year Award.
“I was delighted and very shocked to hear I had won the Persil Fashion Award,” Niamh Mannion said, who recently moved to New York to pursue a career in fashion.
”The prize and media that came from it will be a great help to me pursuing a career in the fashion industry.”
The 22-year-old Kilglass native, Co Roscommon is presently working in a bar in New York while she finds her feet in the sporadic city. She said the prize money of €10,000 “will be a great help to support me as I work in New York”.
“I also plan for it to fund the making of my next collection, and possibly contribute to completing a
Tickets have recently gone on sale for the largely anticipated Limerick School of Art and Design, LIT, Graduate Fashion Show on Thursday, May 12. The show will take place at the LSAD Gallery where 27 graduates from the largest fashion degree programme in Ireland will showcase their creations on the night.
This year’s students who’s designs are due to be displayed have undergone exciting work placements all over the world including House of Holland, Temperley, and Preen in London, Marchesa and Derek Lam in New York and Farrah Floyd in Berlin. The themes of this year’s show focus on the diverse use of fabric, colour and form demonstrated by the students including sugar candy, legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, the Greek mythology Circe, deforestation, computer malfunction and the late rocker Kurt Cobain among others.
This year’s show, produced by famed retail consultant Eddie Shanahan, will consist of graduates competing for the IFIL, AIB Graduate Business Development Award worth €5,000 which includes a three-month paid work experience with the elite London-based Irish fashion designer Richard Malone.
Richard received the coveted Fashion East sponsorship, The LVMH Grand Prix scholarship and has been described by Vogue as one of the brightest most directional talents around. The student who shows the most unique cut and technical creativity within their collection will win the LIT Award.
Speaking about the upcoming fashion show, course director Anne Melinn, said: “The Limerick School of Art and Design is truly an exceptional college with an enormous amount of talent and a deserved international reputation.
“Our graduates have gone on to work with some of the leading labels in the world including Paul Smith , Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen. The students are extremely professional and take enormous pride in their work.”
The Limerick School of Art and Design LIT Fashion Show will take place in The LSAD Gallery, Clare Street on Thursday, May 12 2016.
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