Brown Thomas CREATE launches featuring Lucy Nagle knitwear.

Brown Thomas welcomes back Irish Designers CREATE for 2013

Next Tuesday, August 27th 2013 Brown Thomas Dublin is delighted to celebrate Irish Designers CREATE, a pop-up installation featuring a total of thirteen Irish designers from the world of fashion, accessories, millinery, graphic print and textile design. The chosen designers will have the opportunity to showcase their exciting talents in Ireland’s most luxurious department store.
Furthermore, Brown Thomas is honoured to unveil a specially curated exhibition from Ireland’s most famous couturier Sybil Connolly which will be in situ for the month long installation. Famed in the 1950’s, Connolly modernised Irish hand craft and introduced it to the international fashion scene. With famous clients including Jacqueline Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor and Julie Andrews, the Hunt Museum’s collection will feature eight iconic Sybil Connolly archival designs offering a glimpse of her style and innovation. Among her bewitchingly romantic creations on display are ‘First Love’ a strapless evening gown of black gossamer pleated linen, ‘Illusion’ a Carrickmacross lace evening coat and ‘Pink Ice’ an evening gown of satin, lace and pearls. Brown Thomas invites customers to explore precious, private family archives in a bespoke display which have never before been on public display; including the designers sketch and fabric books, private portraits and national and international press clippings.
Nestled among the world’s best brands, Irish Designers CREATE will showcase collections from esteemed and emerging designers including Sharon Wauchob, who features regularly at many of the international fashion weeks and hat designer Martha Lynn who crafted her intricate trade from milliner royalty Philip Tracey.
Sister designer duo Keira and Dairine Kennedy of KDK scarves, jewellers Maria Dorai Raj and Chloe Townsend of Willow & Clo as well as designer Lucy Nagle will all bring their design flair to the initiative for the first time this year. Rising knitwear designer’s Derek Lawlor and Honor Fitzsimons will sit alongside returning designers Emma Manley, Lisa Ryder, Rebecca Marsden, Sean Byrne and Lisa Shawgi.
Irish Designers CREATE is the creative brainchild of Brown Thomas’ Fashion Director, Shelly Corkery who passionately pioneers and seeks out the most exciting design talents in Ireland each year. Lending support from the Chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers, Eddie Shanahan the dedicated space will nurture and champion the very best of Irish design talent.
Commenting Fashion Director of the Brown Thomas Group Shelly Corkery said: “We are delighted to be able to spot light thirteen incredibly talented Irish designers whilst also introducing a new offering to our customers. Incorporating the Hunt’s Museum’s collection of Sybil Connolly creations this year is both a privilege and an honour as it will be the first time the collection will sit in a retail space. Together the initiative perfectly showcases the broad breath of Irish design talent for our customers to enjoy.’
Like last year, the thirteen designers will visit the store during the month long installation to meet and discuss their collections with customers. A full schedule of designer appearances is available on The Diary at
For further press information please contact Laura Dwyer at Kennedy PR on 01 476 2000 or email
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Meet the Designers: Sharon Wauchob’s elegant and sophisticated womenswear and accessory collections are celebrated for her evolving vision of femininity and unique experimental use of materials, fabrics and exquisite detailing. Since launching her eponymous line in 1999 in Paris, Sharon is one of the few Irish designers to have achieved the much sought after accolade of showing at Paris Fashion Week since 2003.
Derek Lawlor is an Irish born, London based bespoke knitwear designer whose latest AW13 collection sees a departure from his structured cord working, presenting exciting techniques in fabric manipulation. With the introduction of new fabrics into his collection such as luxurious alpaca fleece and classic wool blends, he explores panelling, patchwork, felting and heavy hand embroidery. The contrast between the structured silhouettes and hand crafted organic shapes creates an elegant aesthetic. Like all of Lawlor’s previous collections, his AW13 collection is innovative, sophisticated and takes a contemporary approach to knitwear.
Maria Dorai Raj, designer and maker of ‘dorai’ sculpted jewellery, embodies her intuitive style and personality throughout her distinctive collection. With a background in fashion, ceramics and jewellery design; her multidisciplinary training gives her work a uniquely conceptual feel. Her raw, edgy biomorphic sculptures fuse minimal, contemporary design with traditional, superbly executed craftsmanship. The result is a striking collection of jewellery that captivates and inspires the wearer with its modern, effortless style.
Martha Lynn is a passionate and creative milliner based in Dublin, whose handmade creations fuse the traditional elements of millinery with a modern twist. Martha’s creations are made to the highest of standards and her aesthetic reflects the time she spent at Stephen Jones and Philip Treacy’s millinery studios.
Having sponsored Honor Fitzsimons as part of this year’s “One's to Watch” at the Fashion Innovation Awards in Galway, Brown Thomas is delighted to further support Honor Fitzsimons’ budding career as she joins Irish Designers Create. With a passion for knitwear, this Parisian based Central Saint Martin’s graduate combines laser-cut neoprene foam, with embroidery and knit in a super-clean minimalist silhouette.
KDK sisters Dairine and Keira Kennedy founded KDK scarves in 2012 as a creative outlet to their day jobs in the world of Marketing and Sponsorship. New to Irish Designers Create for 2013, KDK scarves is inspired by Dairine and Keira’s love of painting, photography and print; combining unique and beautiful designs with luxury cashmere wool and superior craftsmanship.
Lucy Nagle founded Lucy Nagle Designs in 2012 as a result of the designers’ love affair with handbags. Lucy’s love of cashmere has resulted in a new ready to wear collection and she will join Irish Designers Create for the first time where her beautiful cashmere sweaters and cardigans made from the very finest pure wool will be showcased.
Chloe Townsend, designer and goldsmith established Willow & Clo, a hand crafted semi-precious jewellery line that features heavily plated metals and semi-precious gem stones, all of which are
sourced and hand set by the designer. Willow & Clo’s new ‘Sound Waves’ and ‘Giants Causeway’ collections are exclusively available in Ireland at Irish Designers Create for the month of September. Adoring fans of this jewellery brand include Princess Eugenie, Amy Huberman and Sharon Corr.

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