From the Isle underlines Kildare Village’s commitment to nurturing the extraordinary wealth of talent now emerging in Ireland’s creative sector and reinvigorating Irish fashion, craft and food. Rooted in tradition but forging their own path, From the Isle celebrates these creatives who are part of a vibrant contemporary movement.
The project includes the inaugural Kildare Village Fashion Bursary, a scholarship founded to help a new generation of Irish designers achieve their potential at an international level, Só Collective, a new home for Irish design showcasing the best of contemporary Irish fashion, lifestyle and craft from established and emerging designers and ‘Food: From the Isle’ summer programme.
Racing Colours Competition in collaboration with The Curragh
We are delighted to announce the launch of the Kildare Village Racing Colours competition, an exciting national design competition for degree-level fashion students. The activity marks a new collaboration with The Currage to announce the 2017 Summer Racing Season.
The competition set a brief to undergraduate and recent graduate fashion design students from NCAD, LSAD, Griffith College and Ulster University to create a contemporary interpretation of the international Racing Colours jacket, an iconic element of the Jockey Silks worn during racing events.
The finalists, listed below, have been selected by a high-profile judging panel including London-based Irish womenswear designer Richard Malone and International brand Consultant Paula Reed, along with international fashion media and horse racing industry representatives. The winner will be selected on 25 May, in advance of the Curragh's Classic Summer Racing Season.
The winning student will be awarded an internship from judge Richard Malone in his London studio. Richard's collections are shown at London Fashion Week and he is known for his innovative, cutting and fiercely independent vision. His collections are housed in some of the world’s leading luxury stores. Malone was nominated for both the LVMH prize and Design of the Year with the Design Museum this year, and has received support from the British Fashion Councils prestigious NewGEN scheme. Malone has been celebrated by international press including Vogue US, Vogue UK, Vogue Paris, The Guardian, The Independent, The New York Times, LOVE, Dazed, Pop, i-D and many more.
As part of this exclusive prize Kildare Village will also award provide monetary support towards the student’s internship, enabling them to benefit fully from a unique opportunity to benefit from crucial international industry experience and launch their future careers.
Congratulations to the following finalists:
Sorcha Rigney, NCAD.
Danielle McGregor, NCAD.
Grainne Wilson, LSAD.
Heather Gilroy, NCAD.
Kate McGowan, NCAD.
Lousie Kavanagh, NCAD.
Luisa Murrray, Ulster University.
Siu-Hong Mok, Griffith College.