Monday, 15 September 2014

'Stitches in Time' - Press Release

PRESS RELEASE ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF IRELAND
PREAS RÁITEAS THAR CEANN ARD-MHÚSAEM NA hÉIREANN

You are invited to the launch of
‘Stitches in Time: Fashion inspired by the Soldiers & Chiefs Exhibition’
at the National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin at 2pm on Saturday 20th September 2014
opened by  LSAD  Graduate  Niamh  Lunny, Head  of  Costume  Design  at the  Abbey  Theatre.

Dress designs inspired by gas-masks, 18th century soldier’s helmets, rifles and a WWI parachute are among a dozen truly amazing garments on display at the National Museum at Collins Barracks.   

The 12 garments, inspired by the Museum’s award-winning exhibition, ‘Soldiers & Chiefs’, were designed and made by a group of creative second year students of the BA (Hons) in Fashion Design at Limerick School of Art & Design  L.I.T.

 Students researched and designed from the following themes;
·        The Wild Geese – those Irish soldiers who fought in foreign armies, such as the French, Spanish and Austrian armies from the 16th to 19th centuries
·        World Wars I and II
·        The Irish Defence Force

Michelle Molloy, Fashion Design Lecturer at Limerick School of Art & Design said:
“The Fashion Department at Limerick School of Art and Design are delighted with this partnership with the National Museum.  Our students had the opportunity to research and document the Soldiers and Chiefs exhibition first-hand, forming a valuable understanding of the importance of primary research within their work. This hands-on approach has greatly enhanced their understanding of historical uniform and artefacts which is evident in the standard of finish and detail in the final garments.”        

The Museum is delighted to be involved in this partnership, according to Helen Beaumont, Education & Outreach Officer at Collins Barracks - “This project is an excellent example of the National Museum working in partnership with a third level educational institution and also of fulfilling our remit as a source of inspiration for young designers and artists.”

The exhibition is on display at Collins Barracks until 26th October 2014.

For more information about this project contact:
Helen Beaumont Education & Outreach Officer, National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History
hbeaumont@museum.ie  087 237 3192
Michelle Molloy Fashion Design Lecturer at Limerick School of Art & Design
michelle.molloy@lit.ie 


Dress inspired by  everyday  objects  a  soldier  uses  by   Derbhaile NicGiolla  Comhaill.


                Dress inspired by WWI parachutes and soldiers’ webbing by Kate Spillane.


 Dress inspired by 18th century soldier’s helmet by Megan Harley Peters.










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