Tuesday, March 30, 2010


When: 20/05/2010 - 10:00 - 21:00
What: Buy My Dress - returns on May 20th with same-day events happening in Dublin (Royal College of Physicians, D 2), Cork (Cork School of Music, Union Quay) and Galway (Meyrick Hotel, Eyre Square) from 10 am – 9pm with an admission fee of €10.
Web Site: http://www.buymydress.ie/

Ireland’s largest one day charity dress sale – Buy My Dress - returns on May 20th with same-day events happening in Dublin (Royal College of Physicians, D 2), Cork (Cork School of Music, Union Quay) and Galway (Meyrick Hotel, Eyre Square) from 10 am – 9pm with an admission fee of €10.

The Down Syndrome Centre’s award-winning campaign began in 2009 with the charity inviting Irish women of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds to donate a lightly-used dress which they no longer wore to help them reach their target of selling 1,000 dresses in a day. Their efforts resulted in almost 1,500 dresses being collected and sold; 35K raised for the charity and the title of Fundraising Campaign of the Year awarded to Down Syndrome Centre.

Buy My Dress extends its reach in 2010 with concurrent events taking place in Dublin, Cork and Galway and welcomes Kellogg’s Special K as its title sponsor. Peter Mark will once again allow the public in Dublin, Cork and Galway to use its salon network as drop-off points for dress donations and Unislim will be supporting the event by running an in-class dress collection for members.

In addition, a large number of credit unions in Dublin, Cork and Galway have agreed to act as drop-off points for dresses and will leave a branded Buy My Dress collection bag in the corner of their outlets (see www.buymydress.ie for a list of BMD drop off points).

The charity will be approaching companies with large female workforces to collect dresses in the workplace and independent boutique owners to make a donation from old stock.

The event received popular support last year from many of Ireland’s well-known women including An Tanaiste, Mary Coughlan, Minister Mary Hanafin, Senators Fiona O’Malley, Ivana Bacik and Frances Fitzgerald, Amy Huberman, Victoria Smurfit, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Mary Black, Marian Keyes, Lisa Cannon, Lisa Fitzpatrick, Elain Crowley and Nuala Carey.

Buy My Dress will once again be appealing to Ireland’s “ladies in the limelight” to show similar support and all those who donate, corporates, boutiques and well known people will be listed on the event website at www.buymydress.ie

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Nokia Young Fashion Designer exhibition

The Nokia Young Fashion Designer Award, the premier student design award in Ireland, is open to the public this year over four days with a fabulous exhibition and free events!! Make sure you don’t miss your chance to check out Ireland’s up and coming design talent, as well as joining some of Ireland’s top fashion people, who will host the special events over the four days.

The Powerscourt Townhouse Centre (off Grafton Street) 25th - 28th March

Nokia Young Fashion Designer Awards 2010 - Winner

25th March 2010
The winner of the Nokia Young Fashion Designer Awards 2010 was announced last night.
Emmy Slattery of NCAD was named the winner of the NYFDAs with her design entitled 'Knotted'. She won a €5,000 prize as well as media profiling opportunities for the year.
The design consisted of a dress made from spray painted pink leather and hand dyed sleeves with a black tulle under layer.
Joint runners-up on the night were Matthew Karp from Limerick Senior College and Niamh Rafferty from Griffith College who each won €1,000.
The judging panel for the awards this year consisted of designer Marc O'Neill, Creative Director of Avoca Debbie Walker, designer Amanda Pratt, Aideen Bodkin and top fashion blogger, Yvan Rodic, aka Facehunter.
An exhibition of the 20 NYFDA finalists will be open daily to the public from Thursday, 25th March to Sunday, 28th March, with a number of fashion events taking place each evening - for more information go towww.nokia.ie/nyfda
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Nokia Young Fashion Designer Awards Exhibition will be open to the public from Thursday, 25th March until Sunday, 28th March. Taking place at the Powerscourt Town House in Dublin, this special four day event also includes:

‘Fashion in the Media’ on Thursday, 25th March at 6.00pm. Admission - Free
Find out what fashion is all about through the eyes of the people who put together our favourite magazines and blogs. Talks from Susan Vasquez, Editor of Stellar Magazine, Sarah Breen from Kiss magazine and fashion blogger Laura Whiston fromhttp://whisty.wordpress.com/

‘Fashion Talks’ on Friday, 26th March at 6.00pm. Admission - Free
Get the inside goss on what it is really like to be a fashion designer with talks by the best in Irish fashion design – Joanne Hynes, mentor to our 20 NYFDA finalists and top dress designer Eilis Boyle.

‘Fashion Shoots...Behind the Scenes’ on Saturday, 27th March at 3.00pm. Admission - Free
Nokia gives you the opportunity to be a fly on the wall at a specially commissioned photo shoot with stylist, Corina Gaffey, photographer, Lili Forberg, hair stylist, Maurice Flynn and make-up artist, Sheena O’Brien. Visit the exhibition in Powerscourt Townhouse Centre and pick up your ticket to attend this exclusive fashion shoot in Spy. When you are there, get your make-up done by the professionals and then take part in your own fashion shoot!

Opening Times – Thursday, 25th March 10.00am to 7.00pm
Friday, 26th March 10.00am to 6.00pm
Saturday, 27th 10.00am to 6.00pm
Sunday, 28th March 12.00pm to 6.00pm
Admission – Free

Saturday, February 13, 2010

February 13th, 2010
Barbie had a party last week showcasing dolls designed by 12 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) designers including Betsey Johnson, Isaac Mizrahi, Tory Burch and others. The dolls were auctioned off on eBay where proceeds went to CFDA education and scholarship funds.

Above (my favorites): Justin Guinta, Betsey Johnson, Phillip Crangi

The new Barbie Basics collection was also on display at the event. As a girl who, at one point in time, knew her “Barbies;” I loved how the new collection involved simple LBDs with a focus on accessorizing because it’ll give young girls the chance to customize looks for their sense of style. Also, the Basics have several different physical looks for hair colors/style, ethnicity, etc. Here’s a snapshot to give you an idea:

Below are more pics of the designer dolls. Which is your fav?

Above: Albertus Swanepoel, Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Lorraine Schwartz, Monica Botkier, Rachel Roy, Isaac Mizrahi, Alexis Bittar, Devl Kroell

Photo credits: Barbie/Mattel

Monday, December 14, 2009

TCF Global (Ireland)

Check out www.tcfireland.com/ which is a part of TCF Global network. TCF is a Textile Clothing Footwear Resource Centre in Western Australia Inc (TCFWA). TCF extends an invitation to you and your organization to partner with our community based project TCF Global.

This unique concept of a global fashion network TCF Global is to assist small and emerging fashion designers to source a network of fashion support organizations that can direct or assist with small run manufacturers, raw materials, fashion incubators, TCF / fashion designer associations, fashion weeks, trade exhibitions, festivals, fashion competitions and events that would assist a new designer and/or small volume independent fashion designers to link with suitable businesses or organisations around the globe.

TCFWA is also looking to connect with TCF Global Village Community Projects that may showcase selected village community projects in your country that could link with international fashion organisations or designer networks that may include local micro finance organisations, Business Enterprise Centre’s, small business centre networks, NGO’s, BPW and international service clubs with the goal to assist women to start a small sewing business in your country.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

The mission

The mission is to define a structure of support that will facilitate the needs of a fashion designer and help creative entrepreneurs to develop the business skills they need to thrive and survive in the fashion industry. I will analysis the strengths and weaknesses of exiting similar facilities, to create a perspective of what the fundamental and unsuccessful aspects may be. From the analysis of other exiting similar facilities I hope to create a constructive template that would provide adequately for the designers needs.