The best of Irish textiles on show in Manhattan Enterprise Ireland, The Consul General of Ireland and the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland united last weekend in the New York to showcase all that is good about the Irish textile industry.
The event hosted a celebration of Irish craft and tradition for Manhattan’s fashion cognoscenti at Soho House. Ireland’s fashion industry is often praised and recognised for its contribution of the Aran sweater. However, last weekend’s event was more about showcasing how Irish linen, lace, tweed, leather and knitwear are now included as important material used by modern day fashion designers around the world.
Brian McGee of Design Craft Council of Ireland told on-line fashion magazine FashionUnited, “It’s time to share a little bit of Ireland with retailers, buyers and press here. We haven’t done an event like this before or shared what’s being designed and made in Ireland with New York. We’ve kept quiet on our own little island but now we want them to see and hopefully invite them back to our trade fair in January, and do some business.”
The event which was sponsored by Bank Of Ireland brought together 20 Irish designers who showcased their designs to the American audience.
The event also included a screening of short film “Fí.” This translate into the Gaelic word “to weave.” It was directed by fashion photographer Perry Ogden and styled by creative director Paula Hughes.
The film featured a diverse cast of models in traditional textiles imbued with a distinctly contemporary aesthetic.
There was also a panel discussion chaired by Cork native Samantha Barry who is Editor-In-Chief of Glamour magazine.
Events like these give Irish fashion designers and supply chain operatives the opportunity to display all that is good about Irish textiles to an international audience.
The best of Irish textiles on show in Manhattan