'Work in Progress' Exhibition by Fashion Bursary student Michael Stewart

Só Collective is pleased to welcome the second installation of 'Work in Progress' from Kildare Village Fashion Bursary student Michael Stewart. The installation will be on view and open to the public from Friday 14 to Monday 31 October in Só Collective at Kildare Village.

Michael Stewart is the inaugural recipient of the Kildare Village Fashion Bursary, a Masters student in Fashion Womenswear Design at the Royal College of Art London. His place on the world renowned course identifies him as one of Ireland’s most promising fashion talents to emerge on the international stage.

A previous graduate of the Limerick School of Art and Design (2013) Michael’s aesthetic is influenced by Irish cultural heritage and his design focuses on craft based process with a strong artistic interdisciplinary approach. He has

already received many awards and commendations for his work, being chosen to exhibit as part of Ireland’s entry into ‘The International Fashion Showcase’ during London Fashion Week 2015, a pivotal platform for emerging designers, which was proudly supported by Kildare Village.

During his two year MA programme at RCA, the Kildare Village Fashion Bursary supports him with financial contribution towards his course materials and the cost of living in London, creating space for focus on his work and the opportunity to reach his full potential.

“The importance of being Irish has always played a huge role in my development as a designer and now I feel I can successfully explore this heritage through my work. I feel really privileged to be the first person to receive the Kildare Village Fashion Bursary. It gives me the freedom to dedicate myself to my work and reach my full potential in a challenging environment”

As part of the Kildare Village Fashion Bursary Michael Stewart will showcase his RCA ‘Work in Progress’ designs in two very special installations at Kildare Village and present his final collection after graduating in 2017.

These unique opportunities offer Michael a platform to showcase his work to press, industry and village guests creating an important dialogue between Kildare Village and his future career.


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