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Ask yourself who made my clothes for Fashion Revolution week

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“Fashion Revolution Week is our #whomademyclothes campaign in April, which happens at the time of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, where 1,138 people were killed and many more injured on 24th April 2013. We use this week to encourage millions of people to ask brands ‘Who made my clothes’ and demand greater transparency in the fashion supply chain,” so reads one of the paragraphs on the official Fashion Revolution site. It is now four years ago that this nightmare happened and there are so many unheard of, unreported tragedies, stories of abuse, poor pay, insalubrious conditions of labour, too long hours, child labour… taking place every day where clothes are mostly manufactured these days, namely South East Asia. Fashion Revolution was set up to commemorate this…

A show with a difference

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It took place last March in Greystones’ Hot Spot Music Club and it was a show with a difference. In fact it was quite unique. A bunch of great dancing friends pulled together and co-created what turned out to be quite a fun and enjoyable display of relaxed talent and freedom of self-expression. You see I have been dancing a free-form, free-style kind of dance for the best part of 20 years and went to ballet, jazz, modern and contemporary dance classes since I was about 7. Dance has been a fantastic resource of mine and a go-to whenever I needed to feel more embodied and connect with my strengths and my power. It has also been a form of expression in which I feel my freest,…

Restyling Up cycling Customising

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Up cycling is probably a sorry word for it. Customising may sound a bit better and restyling is definitely more accurate. Whichever word you use, giving a new lease of life to existing clothes makes so much sense and is such great fun. Based on applying the principles of a circular, no waste, economy, it has been around for a good few years. The likes of London-based Junky Styling for example have done it since 1997. I exhibited alongside them at the very first ethical fashion section of Pret a Porter Paris back in 2005. At the time, I thought  “how cool” ! Their clothes were so creatively inspiring, all made from gentlemen’s suits transformed into sexy dresses, skirts, tops, scarves…Founded by a very talented duo, Annika Sanders and…

Behind the scenes fashion photoshoot

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“My Spring Summer 16 woman is wise, strong and independent yet very much in touch with her vulnerability, her inner child”, I wrote to Pat McHugh, the photographer I chose to shoot my new collection. I had sent him pictures of the place and described how we could use its wild quirkiness. My friend Carl had shown me around his studio in Rathmichael and I could visualise creatures of fairy tales when we went there. The dishevelled-looking trees and the overgrowth of grasses and plants were very interesting looking. The intricate trees and thorny bushes of Sleeping Beauty, and the threatening woods of Little Red Riding Hood came to mind. I decided to use trees as props and create a set with accessories gathered at the wonderful…

Happy New Year 2016!

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  No more holding back, as I walked down the animated streets of Dublin last night, New Year’s Eve 2015, the buskers were out on Grafton Street and I listened as I passed by. One was playing the trumpet to a backing track of What a Wonderful World and the next was playing yet another and beautiful version of Mad World by Talk Talk. They each evoke a wealth of feelings, and reminded me of the year past… I love both songs and what they convey. Yes it is a wonderful world, and the first emotion that I felt when I heard the melody was a familiar joy, but sadness swiftly followed: “I wish” I thought, “I wish it were indeed beautiful, peaceful, harmonious for…

Flooding Daesh with “love letters”

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It is difficult to put into words what I felt when I heard the news on 13th November last around the time when it happened, 10:30. I had just come back from an evening of dancing on the theme of Prayer, and dropped into Martina's who pulled me into her living room to show me the news…My heart sank, my mind went reeling, how, why, what can we do? I thought of all the people directly affected by this tragedy: the victims, their families and friends, the medics, the police, the journalists, subeditors, photographers and printing staff throughout the world that had to spend the night re-writing and laying the front pages and copy…, and then us, all of us indirectly thrown into this chaos...

5 Years at the Garden of Unicorn

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I just celebrated five years at the Garden of Unicorn with a lovely outdoor fashion garden party. It is hard to believe that I have been here so long, time just flew! I have been very lucky to be able to host outdoor fashion shows in the front garden of the boutique/studio space each season. It only rained on us once and we used gazebos and umbrellas for the models, and it worked! You get used to the unpredictable weather in Ireland and learn to make do with it, hope for the best and juggle with other plans when it doesn't work out! You could say it is actually really good for the entrepreneurial mind, it forces you to adjust plans very quickly and helps...