Dublin-based Laura Kinsella creates almost gravity defying architectural structures with her millinery. Her work is currently on show at London Fashion Week as part of In the Fold at the International Fashion Showcase and today she's Instagramming for ID2015 from the IFS 2015 awards. We spoke to her to find out more.
Originally trained in womenswear, Laura Kinsella is a graduate of Limerick School of Art & Design. Gaining work experience in design studios worldwide she now runs her bespoke millinery label from Dublin. A technically accomplished milliner, her main research strands are guided by imagery, from which she identifies the basis for her collections, mood, colour and materials. She then focuses on the combination of construction and techniques, relating it back to her millinery practices. Although often varying from collection to collection, her exploratory system moves away from the hat block and embraces the process of trial and error to achieve results. This experimentation with form and shapes produces headwear often suffused with geometry and origami. Her work is primarily based on wirework frames individually molded into shape from millinery wire. The resulting pieces are innovations in millinery architecture. For Kinsella, the construction must above all represent a balance between inspiration and wearability.
Why did you choose to pursue a career in fashion?
It sort of came about accidentally, I wanted to be a graphic designer but got to college and fell in love with textiles.
What advice would you have for someone interested in getting into fashion design?
Work hard and intern with the right people. It is tough industry so you have to have thick skin.
What drives you, as a designer?
Everything around me and always wanting to do better than I did before. Your biggest competition is yourself and in fashion you're only as good as your last collection!
Who or what is your greatest inspiration?
I am inspired by strong women especially the textural design variety like Iris Van Herpen and Maiko Takeda.
What do you think are the most stylish trends for SS15?
Zen Minimalism has been coined as a great trend for S/S15. Stylish, streamlined and clean.
Follow Laura on Instagram @lkmillinery, on Twitter at @lkmillinery and on Facebook at Laura Kinsella Millinery.
In the Fold is on view as part of IFS 2015 from 20th to 24th February: 10am to 6pm at the 3rd Floor Gallery, Brewer Street Car Park, 32 Brewer Street, London, W1F 0LA and is presented by ID2015 in collaboration with fashion exhibition partner Kildare Village, Ireland’s luxury shopping outlet destination.
For more see the IFS 2015 guide.
Words by Alex Calder.