Anáil (Breathe)” is a collection inspired by the courageous journey of hope a young lady undertook from the poverty and raw ambiance of Ireland during the Irish Famine travelling along a journey of hope to the ‘new world’ of New York. The protagonist of this collection is an Irish girl mesmerized by the possibility of a new life. Focusing on re-constructing tradition, I chose to keep Irish heritage at the heart of my fabric choice, sponsored by Mc Nutt of Donegal, traditional wool, tweed, woven yarns arise primarily within my collection. Through the exploration of labour intense work on the soil of Ireland, I was deeply inspired by the development of a 3D weaving technique applied with willow and reeds. Creating a shape and volume in relation to restricting the body combined with a modern element of tailoring.
Observing the journey of metamorphosis into her new life of freedom, the introduction of voluminous Victorian silhouettes is seen to be peaking through with the idea of craft to couture being formed. The juxtaposition of dry wool, corduroy, tweeds and the incorporation of reeds resulted in the creation of structural shapes in contrast with the highly decorative damask and silks. The rawness of the poverty against the vibrant dream of life. Concluding the last garment with overloaded complex rich colors, there is no rest. Her dreams come to life.
PHOTOGRAPHY - OISIN MC HUGH MODEL - GEORGIA MAY POWER MAKEUP & HAIR - FMN HAIR&MAKEUP