Unfold will showcase collections from 11 established Irish fashion designers at London Fashion Week this September as part of the ID2015 international programme of events and activities. London Fashion Week is one of the world’s highest profile designer showcases, presenting a key opportunity to increase the profile of Irish fashion designers and develop growth of business through exposure to an international audience of media and buyers.
Unfold will be presented at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th September as an official on-schedule event as part of London Fashion Week. The 11 designers unveiling their SS16 collections as part of Unfold at the ICA are NATALIEBCOLEMAN, We Are Islanders, Emma Manley,
Jill de Burca, Helen Steele, Honor Fitzsimons, Chupi, Maria Dorai Raj, Laura Kinsella, Martha Lynn and Capulet & Montague. For more on the designers, click here.
The selection of these 11 designers across womenswear, accessories, fine jewellery and millinery was chosen by a judging panel consisting of Shelley Corkery, Fashion Director for Brown Thomas; Aisling Farinella, Fashion and Textiles Advisor to ID2015; Constance Harris, Fashion Editor at the Sunday Independent; Brian McGee, Acting Chief Executive of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland; and Alex Milton, Project Director, ID2015, following a call out earlier this year with over 40 applications.
Unfold at LFW 2015 is one of a number of events in London this September as part of the Irish Design 2015 programme. ID2015 is partnering with London Design Festival (19th – 27th September) in presenting The Ogham Wall at the V&A, an ambitious landmark project designed by Grafton Architects in collaboration with Graphic Relief and sponsored by Techrete. The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland will participate once again at Tent London, presenting an exhibition entitled Ó, meaning 'from' in the Irish language, which will feature beautifully designed products in stone, glass, ceramics, wood and textiles from over 20 designers.
During LDF, ID2015 will also launch The Souvenir Project, a collection of contemporary souvenirs that explores the local context, championing creative collaborations between Irish designers and makers, a project specially commissioned by ID2015 and curated by Jonathan Legge, Makers & Brothers which will be dual sited at Rochelle School and at Tent London as part of Ó.