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Caoimhe Hill and Laoise Carey are graduates of the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, where they completed a BA in Fashion design.
Caoimhe was the winner of ‘The 2017 River Island NCAD Fashion Design Bursary’ and as part of this prize won a internship to work with the the company at their Headquarters in London, where she currently works as a designer.
She has previously interned in London working with Simone Rocha preparing for London Fashion Week SS17.
Caoimhe has also been awarded ‘The Student Design Award’ by the Design and Craft Council of Ireland as part of their ‘Future Makers Awards’, 2017.
She received the ‘Fashion Industry Award’ as part of U Magazines ’30 Under 30 Awards’, 2017. Caoimhe was also a finalist in ‘The Young Designer of the Year Award’, 2017.
Visuals and Stories are at the core of Caoimhe’s work. Her degree collection, (showcased in this shoot) entitled ‘Flotsam & Jetsam’, was inspired by the durable, utilitarian attire of the Irish fishermen from her hometown Kinsale, and the concept of beach combing. Caoimhe re-imagines luxury garments with modular and transformable elements by repurposing unconventional materials such as rope, shells, sand and foam and working with traditional crafts like macrame and crochet.
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Laoise was awarded the 2017 ‘Designer to Watch’ bursary and mentorship by Brown Thomas Fashion Director Shelly Corkery, for her graduate collection. Her pieces were showcased as part of Brown Thomas’ ‘Create 2017’ project, featured within the store and the window display.
Laoise received recognition for her work from the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland through their Future Makers Awards, 2017.
Some of her handcrafted pieces are on display at the Hi! Fashion exhibition in the National Crafts Gallery, Kilkenny, until November 2017.
Utilising a tactile approach to fashion design, Laoise Carey works with traditional hand crafts, incorporating knitting, basket weaving, rushwork and crochet into her collections. Vintage fabrics and antique garments provide inspiration for her pieces, which sit on the border between works of design and craft.
Laoise currently works in pattern making, using the Lectra computer system to design patterns for garment manufacture.
Contact: email@example.com // Website: laoisecarey.com
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izq. Jacket, Macrame Body chain and Earring: Caoimhe Hill. Blouse and Shorts: Laoise Carey // der. Swimsuit and Bonnet: Laoise Carey, Pants and Wellies: Caoimhe Hill
izq. Jacket, Earrings and Hat: Caoimhe Hill, Shorts: Laoise Carey // der. Jacket, Macrame Body chain and Earring: Caoimhe Hill. Blouse and Shorts: Laoise Carey
izq. Bonnet: Laoise Carey // der. Swimsuit and Bonnet: Laoise Carey, Pants and Wellies: Caoimhe Hill
izq. Macrame Body chain and Wellies: Caoimhe Hill, Jacket and Dress: Laoise Carey, Hat: Styled // der. Hat and pants: Caoimhe Hill, Blouse and Woven Bra: Laoise Carey. Shoes: Styled