Friday, 18 September 2015

Fresh Talent Design Exhibition

On Monday my classmates and I headed to the Fresh Talent Design Exhibition. This was a field trip for our appreciation of art, craft and design class. The exhibition was held in Dublin Castle's coach house, which was originally constructed in 1833 for the Lord Lieutenant's own coach and horses, but is now used as a gallery and exhibition space. Fresh Talent is an exhibition which shines a light on emerging Irish designers, of which aren't even three years graduated from college. Some of the pieces displayed were the designers graduate year projects! The work featured in ranged from fashion designers to graphic designers and even to model makers. Although each designer was brilliant in their own way my interest was keyed into the fashion designers.

My favourite designer of the day would have to had been Rebecca Marsden. The pieces she produced were just beautiful. Rebecca focused her work on the idea of fabric manipulation and drew inspiration from her surroundings. Rebecca grew up by the sea and as we can see from her pieces the sea had influenced the colour. Through the use of fabric manipulation Rebecca was able to create an almost side of cliff like looking garment, which again she would have drawn inspiration for this from her surroundings, wherever they may be. The last three years have been quite successful for Rebecca as she's had her work retailed in Brown Thomas as part of there 'Create' project.

Another fashion designer who had their work exhibited was Richard Malone. His collection is very eye-catching, especially the hats. He drew inspiration for his collection from his observation of working class Ireland during the recession, while the hats are a playful tribute to the leprechaun. To make this collection Richard used unwanted fabrics from Louis Vuitton and unwanted masonry paint. The unwanted paint being a reminder of the collapse of the Irish construction industry where his own father, a decorator, lost his job.

The final fashion designer displayed at the exhibition was Sinead Kennedy. Her pieces were more focused on the concept of the piece rather than the look. Her work was all about body image and as we all know in the age of the selfie many young women and men have a negative sense about their own body image. Sinead was quite interested in the inseparable connection between food and body and the matter of disconnect between mind and body. Her idea for her pieces was to create odd shapes with fabrics that people would look strangely at the likewise how the look at their own body when having a negative sense of it.


Monday, 14 September 2015

Dublin Fashion Festival

There was a good atmosphere on Dawson street on Saturday as everyone was preparing for the closing fashion show of Dublin Fashion Festival, which was due to begin at 8 o'clock that evening. I was lucky enough to be apart of that atmosphere. After running around town like a lunatic for half an hour I finally found the shop space in which everyone was preparing in. It was Bebhinn Flood of The Design House who was in charge of the show. To begin the days work I had to prepare the clothes and shoes for that nights show. Making sure all the heels and boots were the right size for each of the models, using Sellotape to remove hairs from the clothing and putting masking tape on the end of each shoe to keep them clean. The atmosphere became more exciting as the models, makeup artists and hair dressers filled the shop in preparation for that nights show. The makeup artist were from boots and No.7 while the hair dressers were from Toni & Guy. The Grafton Lounge had sponsored the event so they provided us all with sandwiches, tea & coffee to keep us going for the day.

There was 5 different concepts to the show; the seven sins, chic modern goth, office wear, boho chic and evening wear. Of all the concepts seven sins was definitely my favourite. Each model had a different coloured cape to represent a different sin. Underneath this cape was an outfit matching the colour of the cape. All the interns including myself had to dress the models for the show. When the hair dressers and makeup artists were finished getting the models ready we had a run through of dressing the models as practice for the show to make sure everything ran smoothly. Camilla, the model I dressed wore a yellow cape, which represented greed. Her matching outfit was a gold dress made from metallic thread, a gold necklace with blue studs and metallic shoes. This outfit was all provided by The Design House. The features stores from the show were as follows; Monaghans, The Design House, Monza Menswear, Dawson Boutique, Tights Dept, Designer Exchange, Coast, Oasis, Warehouse, Ruby Ruby, Sisley, Pamela Scott and last but not least Azur. The show was being held in the Royal Hibernian Way which had an open roof and as 8pm grew closer the rain began to fall. But as the saying goes, the show must go on! 

The show ran brilliantly and the invite only audience seemed to have enjoyed it despite the rain. To end the day the other interns and I had to pack away all the garments and shoes safely before heading into The Grafton Lounge for some free drink. I enjoyed myself thoroughly throughout the day and I am ever so grateful to have been apart of Dublin Fashion Festival, it was a wonderful opportunity.

Friday, 11 September 2015


Hi, my name is Torey Cassidy Murdock and I'm an 18 year old fashion student. Studying fashion in college requires you to write a blog, I have decided that my blog will be about my life and experiences as a fashion student. For the next year I will be studying fashion industry practice at Sallynoggin College of Further Education.

I had my induction for college on Wednesday and came to find that my first day of college will consist of no theory whatsoever, yay! My class and I are going on a feild trip. Firstly we are headed to a fashion exhibition called Fresh Talent. It will be held in The Golden Tree in town. Later that day, we are headed to Topshop in Stephen's Green for a buying/merchandising project. I'm so excited! 

Each student in my class is required to do 10 days work experience throughout the year as part of our final grade. I have volunteered to work backstage at House of Design's fashion show this Saturday. Which will be hosted by Bébhinn Flood. 

I will be blogging about all of these upcoming events. I also intend to post regularly, at least once a week. 

I hope you enjoyed readying my first post, there is plenty more to come.

Torey x

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