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Future/Fashion: Join us for an evening of technology, fashion and design and meet the new generation of fashion designers exploring cutting edge technology.

A fusion of technology, design and fashion, join us for a showcase of Irish Design as our Future/Fashion Designers in Residence will unveil their work at a runway showcase. Working with engineers and designers from Canada (MakeFashion), the UK and Ireland the 2017 designers in residence were tasked with the theme of Illuminations, from Darkness to Light.

Made possible by Science Foundation Ireland and kindly supported by our 2017 curiosity studio partners CONNECT and MakeFashion (Canada) With special thanks to The British Council in Ireland and INTERLACED.

The Future/Fashion Design Residency was the inaugural open call of our Curiosity Studio, a year round design and research residency programme. The first of a series of calls which seeks to support Irish designers and artists who are curious to explore cutting edge technology, science and design in their creative practice.

MakeFashion, our 2017 curiosity studio partner, is an initiative that introduces designers, engineers, and makers to cutting edge new technologies: fusing high-tech and high-fashion on the runway. Their annual gala in Calgary, Canada debuts new collections of innovative fashion technology combined with theatre and performance. Make Fashion has showcased unique projects at fashion and maker events around the world including New York, Rome, and Shenzhen.

The Future/Fashion Design Award 2017 will be announced on the night with a prize of €2,500.

Event Info

The Chocolate Factory
26 Kings Inn Street

Thursday July  20th @ 8pm



Image Credit: Motion-Sensitive Dress for MakeFashion 2013. Photo by Faby Martin

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2017 Designers in Residence 

  • Ally Nolan

    Ally Nolan has recently completed a Joint Major in Fashion Design & History of Art at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin.

    Her recent collection, titled MANCHINE, explores the relationship between man and machine in an increasingly automated world.

    She currently splits her time between continuing her studies at Trinity College Dublin in the Irish Art History Masters Programme and designing her new collection, which will continue to explore how new technologies can be embraced, enhance and be integrated into fashion design.

  • Maureen-Selina Laverty

    Maureen graduated from NCAD in Fashion Design in 2007, where she developed a love of creating interesting structures, interactions & aesthetics.  She then moved to London for 4 years, starting her career with Alexander McQueen, before moving to Savile Row, where she learned beautiful luxury apparel construction techniques.

    Motivated to use these skills in a more meaningful way, she returned to Ireland to work with wearable medical devices for a further 4 years.  Firstly, for Bio-medical Research Ltd, as part of a multi-disciplinary R&D team, developing anatomy specific electro-stimulation apparel. She then joined an interdisciplinary start-up, FastForm Research, where we developed a range of disruptive smart orthopedic products.

    She frequently participated in workshops at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design and FabLab Limerick, where she worked on a range of experimental collaborative projects integrating fabrics, stitching, digital fabrication & interactive electronics.

    She is currently studying for a Masters in Product Design Engineering at the University of Glasgow & Glasgow School of Art.

  • Rebecca Marsden

    Rebecca Marsden is an award winning fashion designer who specialises in combining innovative textiles with contemporary silhouettes. Having graduated from Limerick School of Art & Design she returned to the west of Ireland to set up her own design studio.

    Inspiration for her collections combines linear and architectural elements with textures and colour found in exploring surrounding woods, coastal areas and places travelled.

    Rebecca has worked with designers, in London, Paris and New Delhi. Over the years her work has featured as part of Brown Thomas Create project and has won numerous awards. Along with exhibiting in Ireland, her work has been shown in the UK and Milan.

  • Danielle Jordan

    Danielle went to college as a mature student at the age of 24 and graduated from Limerick School of Art & Design with a BA Honours Degree in Fashion Design.

    As part of her final year she created a six-piece collection inspired by ‘The First Bionic Women’. She collaborated with a computer programmer and each garment had a mix of non-addressable and addressable LED Lights.

    Since college she has worked in retail and in the film industry. She is currently working on a ready to wear collection which will soon be on sale in Dublin City.

    Her dream job would be to work for a fashion technology company to create wearable technology that would help improve people’s lives.

  • Dearbhla O Beirne

    Dearbhla O Beirne is a Dublin based designer. Having graduated from NCAD in 2012, she has worked in both Ireland and the US with contemporary designers such as Zana Bayne, Julia Jentzsch and Alison Conneely.

    Most recently she joined the costume team for the AMC television series Into the Badlands.

    In the past year she launched her own jewellery and accessory label, Dearbhla BjØrn, and has worked with Irish artists including Loah and Bad Bones to create custom stage wear.

  • Róisín Pierce

    Róisín is a recent graduate from the National College of Art & Design has just completed a BA Hons in textile design embroidery

    She was awarded the Future Makers ‘Pushing the Limits’ award 2016 for her ‘radical use of textiles and unique fabric manipulation techniques to create original silhouettes around the body’ by the Design Council of Ireland. Her collection, ‘Man Repellent’, stemmed from research into the male gaze and how women may subvert this by emphasising the perceived negative aspects of their bodies and creating sculptures that magnify these traits.

    Her designs have been featured in online and print publications, including Vogue Italia, Ballad of.. Magazine, Sucre Magazine, Image Magazine and The Sunday Times.

Made possible by

2017 Studio Mentors

  • Ellen Byrne (@Curiosity Studio)

  • Catherine Larose (@MakeFashion Canada)

  • Kelly Hoffer (@MakeFashion Canada)

  • Diane Gibson (@MakeFashion Canada)

  • Aaron Heffernan (@RTE)

  • Kristina Dimitrova (@INTERLACED)

  • Prof. Linda Doyle (@CONNECT)

  • Sinéad Burke

  • Dermot Casey (@NDRC)

  • Kenzie Housego (@MakeFashion Canada)

  • Lindy Wilkins (@MakeFashion Canada)

  • Ruth O'Connor

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