Overall winning designer Michael Stewart, Model Agnieta and Fergal McGrath, Managing Director of Bord G‡is Networks pictured at the Limerick School of Art & Design, LIT, Fashion Show which took place at Limerick's Milk Market.
Picture: Don Moloney / Press 22
17th May 2013: Michael Stewart (24) from Kilkishen, Co. Clare was announced the overall winner of The Limerick School of Art & Design, LIT, Graduate Fashion Show 2013 which took place in The Milk Market in Limerick City last night. 19 final year students showcased their awe-inspiring collections at the event, sponsored by Bord G‡is Networks.
Michael won the The Bord G‡is Networks Award for the Best Overall Collection Based on use of Fabric and Concept Development. The award includes a bursary of Û2,500 to help kick-start his fashion career and a year's mentoring programme with retail expert Eddie Shanahan. Michael's collection was inspired by worship, pagan rituals, shamanic ceremonies and the relationship between humans and the spirit world. Michael carried out his work placement in Giles in London and with Irish designer Natalie B Coleman.
The winner of the The AIB Business Development Award for the Collection Showing the Most Commercial Potential, which includes a bursary of Û2,500, and a yearÕs mentoring programme went to Svitlana Andryiets whose collection was influenced by the book ÒThe Girl with the Dragon TattooÓ using diverse materials including neoprene cord.
The Blarney Woollen Mills Knitwear Graduate Design Award went to Lauren OÕReilly which includes a bursary of Û2,000 and an internship for one year at the company. LaurenÕs collection ÔThe PulzywooÕ was based around frivolity of childhood play focusing on her own adoration of Barbie dolls as a child.
Fergal McGrath of Bord G‡is Networks presented the overall award to Michael and said, ÒSupporting further education and fostering enterprise and innovation is integral to the Bord G‡is Networks ethos. Partnering wit