The Kildare Village Fashion Scholarship

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The Kildare Village Fashion Scholarship is the only support of its kind available to Irish students to further their design education at one of the most prestigious fashion colleges in the world. The es-teemed MFA programme, tuition and facilities at the RCA provide a unique opportunity for stu-dents to reach their full potential in a challenging global industry.

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The Kildare Village Fashion Scholarship supports exceptional Irish fashion design talent with post-graduate study at the Royal College of Art, London.

Working closely with the RCA, Kildare Village discover and support original voices in Irish fashion contributing to a native design culture and encouraging engagement with a sustainable future in fashion.

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“Kildare Village are not just sponsoring one person. They are sponsoring something…. that we all believe in as the future”

Zowie Broach, Head of Fashion, RCA

Andrew Bell is the current recipient of the Kildare Village Fashion Scholarship (2017-2019). Born in Drogheda, his work is instinctively linked to the rich heritage and culture of Ireland. His design process finds reflections in the people, places and experience of his home.

Andrew Bell is the current recipient of the Kildare Village Fashion Scholarship (2017-2019). Born in Drogheda, his work is instinctively linked to the rich heritage and culture of Ireland. His design process finds reflections in the people, places and experience of his home.

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“The Royal College of Art holds the number one position as a post graduate institution for artists and designers globally. To become part of its cohort of emerging creatives is an outstanding pro-spect for my career, and an opportunity which has been afforded to me through the generosity of the Kildare Village Fashion Scholarship. “

Andrew Bell

The inaugural Kildare Village Fashion Bursary of €15,000 was awarded to designer Michael Stew-art who graduated from the RCA in June 2017. His highly acclaimed collection was hailed as “The Future of Couture” by AnOther magazine, identifying him as one of Ireland’s most promising fash-ion talents to emerge on the international stage.

Michael’s standout collection drew inspiration from ancient Irish and world cultures, ceremony and rituals. He expresses his ideas through a rigorous design approach that places craft techniques at the forefront of his practice.

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“Studying at the RCA has been an intense, rigours two years and its been really informative for me because I feel like I have shaped an identity. Its been really important that I’ve been able to manage everything with the support of Kildare Village”

Michael Stewart, Kildare Village Fashion Bursary recipient ( 2016-2017)

After graduating in London, Kildare Village showcased Michael Stewart's graduate collection to an Irish audience at the prestigious Douglas Hyde Gallery venue in Trinity College Dublin.

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“I think the Kildare Village Fashion Bursary is an incredibly important award. It is the only [schol-arship] in this country that gives help to young up and coming designers.”

Deirdre McQuillan, The Irish Times Fashion Editor

The Kildare Village Fashion Scholarship supports the next generation of Irish fashion designers, forming part of a visionary international programme from Value Retail to nurture and re-frame the future of fashion through education, business mentoring and sustainable practice.

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