Representing inner strength, change, peace and individuality, the symbolism of the dahlia flower is what the Autumn/Winter ’21 collection aims to embody. The magnificent way in which the petals are arranged in concentric circles, creating a rounded silhouette, is echoed in the forms and manipulation techniques seen throughout the collection. Along with the dahlia, the Japanese kimono has informed the construction of certain garments. Organic cottons, silks and wools are juxtaposed with rich sequins and velvet embellishments in a moody, feminine palette of black, navy and blush.
Photography: Zoe Ardiff | Makeup/Hair: Polina Perminova at Not Another International | Model: Annasthasia Fitzgerald at Not Another International | Studio: The 8 Space, Dublin IE, September 2021
This collection was borne out of a need for escapism and a craving for joy amid this historic year. For me the escapism comes from working with my hands to create something beautiful, and I hope that for others, this collection will offer a fantastical escape from our current reality.
The luxurious organic silks (GOTS certified, read more about that here) used in this collection are enhanced with fabric manipulation techniques and paired with printed mesh, in a sweet colour palette of fuchsia, candyfloss and chocolate tones.
Each piece in the collection is designed to be easily introduced into your existing wardrobe, and cherished for years to come before eventually being passed down.
Photography: Eoin Greally – Styling: Zeda the Architect – Makeup and hair: Polina Perminova – Model: Cadhla Kehinde O’Reilly at Not Another Agency, Dublin IE – Location: The 8 Space, Dublin IE
This collection explores the themes and imagery of self-protection, defiance and resilience in Grimms’ fairytales. Briar Rose, Rapunzel and The Twelve Dancing Princesses are models in establishing the type of audacious yet romantic woman wearing the collection. These idealised young women overcome entrapment, briar thickets and vengeance before realising their fate. Each piece comprises layers of silks and tulle, with leather and acrylic providing both embellishment and armour. Laser-cutting, varnishing, and perspex-moulding are some of the key processes that drive the work, making it so distinctive. The result is a dramatic, avant-garde collection, envisaged as bespoke womenswear.
Photographed by Doreen Kilfeather, modelled by Rachel Droop, 2019