Thursday, 14 February 2013


KFW Seminar: ‘The BUSINESS of Fashion’
Friday 8th of March 2013
The Carlton Hotel, Tralee, County Kerry
Featuring top speakers on the fashion industry, employment law, business development, HRM, Branding, SEO, Social Media and PR

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The KFW2013 Seminar: The Business of Fashion, in association with Sunday Business Post, takes place in the Carlton Hotel, Tralee on Friday 8th March.  We have developed this event to offer Irish Fashion Designers invaluable insights and practical advice in the business side of Fashion Design.  We felt there was a need for more information and support to Designers for turning their passion into a long-term business and career.


This year we are delighted to have speakers offering advice and experience in many aspects of the Business of Fashion including Publishing, Journalism, PR, Branding, Selling Online, Social Media and Finance, as well as an already established Fashion Designer.  Speakers this year include: Melanie Morris, Editor of IMAGE magazine; Lisa Brady, Fashion Journalist from Sunday Business Post and Special Guest internationally acclaimed designer Don O’Neill, Theia Couture NYC, whose dress was recently worn by Oprah Winfrey amongst other international celebrities. He was also responsible for the Fashion highlight at this years Grammy Awards where his custom-design gown was worn by country star Carrie Underwood and featured digital projections during her performance.


Normal ticket price for this full day event, including 2 course luncheon, is 90.00 euro.
 We are offering Fashion Design Students the highly discounted rate of 50.00 euro per ticket, based on bookings of up to 6 people, or 40.00 euro on bookings of 10 people or more.  
This will be a great event offering valuable information and insights into the Business side of Fashion Design. Please let me know if you would like book any tickets and I will take care of you.



Paul Ruane

KFW2013 Team


Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Sybil Connolly Exhibition - Hunt Museum

2nd  Year  Fashion  students  will  attend  a  lecture  on  the  work  of  1950's Irish  Fashion  Icon  Sybil  Connolly  on   Friday  the  15th  at  the  Hunt  Museum.

The name Sybil Connolly returned to the fashion press recently when actress Gillian Anderson turned up to the annual Bafta Awards wearing a vintage 1950′s pleated handkerchief linen dress.  One of the Irish designers most famous innovations – uncrushable linen – was a fashion sensation in the late 1950′s.

Here  is  a  link  to  a  1950's  video  showcasing  her  work

Up coming events at Re-Dress


Re-dress, the Better Fashion Initiative, would like to let you know about a number of upcoming events which will provide a great opportunity for members of the fashion community to take a closer look at the major issues facing the fashion industry today.

We are excited to announce a series of BETTER FASHION CONVERSATIONS over the coming months which will see us partnering with Fairtrade Ireland and Trocaire to bring international representatives from across the fashion supply chain to Dublin. Aimed at fashion industry practitioners, students and recent graduates, the first of these unique evenings will take place on Thursday March 7th at 6.30pm at Filmbase in Temple Bar as part of Fairtrade Fortnight.

2013 marks the 11th Anniversary of Fairtrade Fortnight (25 Feb-10 March) which is a nationwide effort to promote awareness of Fairtrade, to buy products carrying the FAIRTRADE mark and to ultimately look after the food and cotton we love and the people who grow and produce it. To quote Moussa Keita, a Fairtrade cotton farmer in Mali “Since selling our cotton as Fairtrade, we are able to eat every day and all my children go to school. With the premium we have built two classrooms.”

.The evening will begin with a panel discussion on Fairtrade cotton production in Senegal followed by break away group conversations with drinks and nibbles, all within the fitting setting of documentary photographer Sean Hawkey's exhibition on cotton production which Filmbase is hosting for Fairtrade Fortnight.  We are delighted to host our special guests Oumer Bousso and Ann Katherine Keane of Fairtrade Cotton Senegal who will be in conversation with Fairtrade Ireland, Susan Morell of the Sunday Business Post and others.

The event is free but numbers are limited so RSVP is essential to before Monday February 25th.

For more information on this and other events as well as the work that Re-dress does visit

Recommended Blogs and Films

As  recommended  by  Natalie  Coleman, LSAD  Graduate,  successful  Fashion  Designer  and  LSAD  Visiting  Lecturer. Natalie  will  be  visiting  the  Fashion  Department  on  20th  and  21st  of  February.

Blogs/Websites for inspiration:

Films/Documentaries for Inspiration:

The Cockettes
Grey Gardens 
What a Way to go
Bill Cunningham - New York
The September Issue
Diane Vreeland: The Eye has to travel
Lagerfield Confidential
Valentino: The last Emperor
The bitter tears of Petra Kant
Qui Etes-Vous, Polly McGoo by William Klein
Hearts and Crafts ( artisans who work at Hermes)
Rick, Michelle and Scarlett (Rixk Owens and muse Michelle Lamy)
In the Mood for Love

Food for thought..............