• CREATE 2018


  • CREATE 2018 continues to showcase the best and the brightest in Irish design. It takes place on Level 1, Brown Thomas Dublin for six weeks from Tuesday, 3rd July 2018.

    Celebrating Brown Thomas’ ongoing support and commitment to the importance of Irish design, CREATE marks a very exciting time every year. It gives our customers the opportunity to discover both a carefully selected edit of designers at the forefront of Irish design today and those who are fast emerging.

    Shelly Corkery, Fashion Director

  • DESIGNER ROLE CALL

    UNA BURKE
    CORSET IS
    You could say we're (Lady) Gaga for Una Burke. Attracting a legion of celebrity fans with her avant-garde take on leather accessories, you're bound to follow suit.
    Four Threads
    PIECE OF (PATCH)WORK
    A proper modern medley with heritage influences, grab a piece of Four Threads by Alanagh Clegg’s Irish-meets-Indian linen and cotton ‘khadi’ designs.
    Amie Egan
    ALWAYS TAKE THE WEATHER
    Amie Egan zeroes in on something we’re obsessed with as a nation – the weather. When designs are such a talking point, what’s not to love?
    HELENA MALONE
    TWINKLE TWINKLE, LITTLE STAR
    Making sustainable and ethical work of the goldsmith trade, consider Helena Malone’s gems the stars in this year's jewellery line-up.
    PEARL REDDINGTON
    PEARLS OF WISDOM
    You’d be wise to invest in Pearl Reddington’s striped and geometric designs, works of art handmade to meticulous standards in luxury Irish wool.
    MARIAD WHISKER
    BY A WHISKER
    An enduring CREATE favourite offering sleek silhouettes in sumptuous fabrics, what’s not to love about Mariad Whisker?
    LEONORA FERGUSON
    I CAN SEE YOUR HALO
    Influenced by Elizabethan headwear and Japanese theatrical hairstyles, the stage is set for Leonora's stylish and sculptural headpieces.
    ALLA SINKEVICH
    OFF THE SCALE
    Winner of the NCAD Brown Thomas ‘Designer to Watch’ 2018, Alla Sinkevich's work looks to nomadic lifestyles, multicultural experiences and self-discovery.
    MICHELLE KEARNS
    FLIGHT OF FANCY
    Designed exclusively for this year's installation, Michelle Kearns proffers her collection of intricate headpieces focusing on majestic birds.
    SARAH MURPHY
    THE GRADUATE
    An awardee of Griffith College's most prestigious fashion degree, Sarah Murphy's runway-ready looks innovatively fuse craftsmanship and couture.
  • MEET THE DESIGNERS

    FAYE DINSMORE
    FAYE DINSMORE
    The model-turned-designer credits her experience with internationally renowned designer and the Queen of Knits Sonia Rykiel as a turning point.
    The Work
    Working with wools sourced entirely and produced in her native Donegal, this is Faye’s first collection and her CREATE debut.
    Made to Sustain
    “We’re always looking at ways of reducing our environmental impact and increasing the sustainability of all our materials. Even the string we use to tie the boxes our Aran sweaters are packaged in, is now recyclable.”
    RICHARD QUINN
    RICHARD QUINN
    Making his CREATE debut, Richard Quinn is the designer whose shows count American Vogue’s Anna Wintour and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as attendees.
    The Work
    Prepare for a visual feast of standout dramatic silhouettes, abstract florals and unique prints across dresses, skirts and coats.
    LAINEY KEOGH
    LAINEY KEOGH
    One to watch since her LFW debut in 1997, Lainey Keogh returns to CREATE 2018 after a tour de force in 2017.
    The Work
    Contemporary and sumptuous, her knitwear has featured in Christian Dior haute couture while modelled by supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell.
    FINTAN MULHOLLAND
    FINTAN MULHOLLAND
    A graduate of the Belfast School of Art, Fintan is an advocate of quality and ‘slow’ rather than disposable fashion.
    The Work
    Designs in high quality yarns made using the latest technology to explore new and more complex ways of pushing boundaries, Fintan is defining his brand with work that transcends the seasonal cycle.
    Made to Sustain
    “The use of quality, natural fibres is central to my brand and what a customer should expect from my collections. Individually sourced and chosen fibres bring their own environmental benefits.”
    MARIAD WHISKER
    MARIAD WHISKER
    A former lecturer with NCAD and LSAD, Mariad is a founding member of the Irish Design Centre.
    The Work
    Founded in 1984, elegantly fitted dresses, sweaters and skirts are the cornerstones of the label that has become a CREATE fixture.
    SARAH MURPHY
    SARAH MURPHY
    Sarah left Griffith College in 2016 as a graduate and an awardee of the highest Fashion Design degree that has ever been awarded by the college.
    The Work
    Sarah returns to CREATE 2018 with a collection of contemporary and feminine clothing combining traditional craftsmanship and couture elements.
    Made to Sustain
    “I believe in a much slower approach to consumption of fashion, buy less but buy things made to last that you will want to pull out season after season.”
    JILL & GILL
    JILL & GILL
    Illustrator Jill Deering and printmaker Gillian Henderson are the duo behind Jill & Gill, a Dublin-based multidisciplinary collaborative studio.
    The Work
    A limited edition collection of uniquely illustrated 'BOSS' women hand-printed in-house on ethically sourced garments, their work is a celebration of aspirational women through illustration, print and style.
    Made to Sustain
    “Customers need to be educated by the designer, brand and industry. We need to communicate that every sustainable purchase means a change, a step in the right direction to improving working conditions, environmental and manufacturing processes.”
    FOUR THREADS
    FOUR THREADS
    A graduate of NCAD and The Grafton Academy of Tailoring, Alanagh Clegg’s inspiration comes from a family business of hand-crafting.
    The Work
    Using ethically sourced fabrics from local Irish Linen to hand-woven Indian ‘khadi’ cotton, the cloth used in Four Thread pieces celebrates the heritage of crafted textiles.
    AMIE EGAN
    AMIE EGAN
    A graduate of NCAD, Amie makes her mark with a focus on outerwear.
    The Work
    Inspired by climate, environment, people and lifestyles, Amie has developed wax cottons and coated textiles inspired by the colours and textures of Irish landscapes enhanced after heavy rain or snowfall.
    Made to Sustain
    “The fashion industry is one of the most damaging industries in the world. Fast fashion is not sustainable. There is so much we all need to learn, and we all have a responsibility to change the system.”
    PEARL REDDINGTON
    PEARL REDDINGTON
    The winner of 2017’s Design Award from the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, NCAD graduate Pearl is making her CREATE debut.
    The Work
    Designs bridging the gap between traditional and modern, combining luxury Irish wools with cutting-edge knit techniques, each bespoke piece is crafted individually by hand to ensure meticulous attention to detail.
    Made to Sustain
    “Clothes need to be repaired, reused, recycled, upcycled, thrifted and borrowed. Our wardrobes and landfills need to stop overflowing with clothes that are coveted but not cherished, bought but not kept.”
    MICHELLE KEARNS
    MICHELLE KEARNS
    Michelle Kearns Designs was borne of a love for structure and sculpture, linked to Michelle’s previous profession as an Interior Architect.
    The Work
    Designed exclusively for CREATE 2018, Michelle showcases ‘Flight of Fancy’, a collection of show-stopping headpieces inspired by all things birds.
    LEONORA FERGUSON
    LEONORA FERGUSON
    With a background in film and TV costumes, Leonora is an award-winning milliner specialising in sculptural handmade wire and lace headpieces.
    The Work
    See the CREATE collection inspired by a fusion of Elizabethan headwear, silhouettes and shapes; plus Japanese theatrical hairstyles, headpieces and costumes.
    Made to Sustain
    “It means taking more time and care in selecting materials, keeping informed of new advances in technology and constantly asking if there is a better way of doing things.”
    HELENA MALONE
    HELENA MALONE
    Inspired by literature, people and nature’s inherent sense of balance, Helena is an award-winning Goldsmith whose work is crafted right here in Dublin.
    The Work
    A collection of hero pieces such as large silver necklaces with hanging baroque pearls, Helena’s ethically sourced precious stones and metals are very much in line with CREATE 2018’s objectives.
    BLAITHIN ENNIS
    BLAITHIN ENNIS
    Working from her studio in Co. Wexford, every piece of Bláithín’s jewellery is individually handmade.
    The Work
    Inspired by one of Ireland’s most celebrated poets, Patrick Kavanagh, while also referencing the strikingly beautiful Irish landscape, Bláithín exclusively launches The Kavanagh Collection for CREATE 2018.
    ALE WALSH
    ALE WALSH
    Ale’s longstanding passion for arts and crafts combine with a rich variety of native Asian materials to create a line of fashion accessories celebrating colour, texture and creativity.
    The Work
    In choosing traditional craftsmanship techniques and the use of natural materials, Ale's designs exude elegant opulence with an artisan touch.
    Made to Sustain
    “Piñatex is a natural, sustainably-sourced and cruelty free material made from Pineapple that can be used instead of leather. We are currently experimenting with this material to introduce a vegan line of handbags in the near future.”
    WILD COCOON
    WILD COCOON
    An NCAD graduate, Deirdre Duffy has specialised in textile design since 2005, with Wild Cocoon launching in January 2016.
    The Work
    For CREATE 2018, Wild Cocoon has created a range of exquisite wool scarves full of strong and vibrant colours.
    UNA BURKE
    UNA BURKE
    Irish-born and London-based, Una is a multi-award winning luxury leather accessories designer and artist, adored the world over by fans including Lady Gaga.
    The Work
    Her avant-garde aesthetic involves the use of traditional leather-working techniques in complex constructions, producing both seasonal fashion collections and figurative art pieces.
    KATIE LARMOUR
    KATIE LARMOUR
    Following a successful career as an art and antiques dealer, Katie Larmour Design Studio launched in 2014.
    The Work
    Breathing new life into vintage and antique scarves by turning them into exclusive and unique luxury couture cushions, traditional Irish Linen is supplied by one of the last remaining linen mills still active in Ireland.
    Made to Sustain
    “I’m passionate about reclaiming and repurposing textiles in an environmentally friendly way, to prevent wastage and reduce the consumption of raw materials.”
    MOOKIE & BOO BY SUSIE BEGGAN
    MOOKIE & BOO BY SUZIE BEGGAN
    A holistic skin therapist, Suzie founded Mookie & Boo as a focus on self-care and the importance of relaxation.
    The Work
    Exclusively for CREATE, Mookie & Boo has designed two limited edition fragrance blends in the form of candles and fragrance diffusers - Bouquet Di Rose and Rose Oud & Amber.
    Made to Sustain
    “We use paper for our packaging which is fully recyclable and our beeswax is supplied from an organic farm in Co Wicklow. All our apothecary candles and fragrance diffusers are housed in our signature brown glass bottles also fully recyclable.”
    ALLA SINKEVICH
    ALLA SINKEVICH
    In association with NCAD, Alla is our bursary winner of ‘Designer to Watch’ category with a collection titled ‘Existential Nomad’.
    The Work
    Inspired by archetypes of nomadic cultures around the world and timeless garments executed in sustainable materials while using heritage techniques, Alla’s work is a reflection on personal multicultural experience and self-discovery.
    EMER ROBERTS DESIGN
    EMER ROBERTS DESIGN
    Designed for both the masculine and feminine personality, Emer Roberts Design is an award winning uniquely sculptural fine jewellery brand that reflects a streamlined, classic style.
    The Work
    Architectural and art deco in style, designs are bold, contemporary and distinctly angular. Note this collection’s exploration of fan patterns and clean lines maintaining an edgy yet elegant finish.
    Made to Sustain
    “As a luxury jewellery brand, I am very conscious of the ethical implications of manufacture, sourcing my materials and social and ecological responsibility. Where possible, I try to use pure metal, storing value for future generations and not generating landfill.”
    DEBBIE MILLINGTON
    DEBBIE MILLINGTON
    From her time at NCAD to her experience in film and television costume departments, Debbie’s design aesthetic is beautifully diverse.
    The Work
    A CREATE debut not to be missed, note Debbie’s luxurious printed silk scarves and accessories in invigorating colour combinations overlaid with dramatic imagery.
    Made to Sustain
    “The world now buys more clothing than ever before in history. We need to steer away from the notion of buying ‘one hit wonder’ disposable clothing and get back to really considering our fashion purchases.”
    ÉADACH BY SARA O’NEILL
    ÉADACH BY SARA O’NEILL
    A stylist, illustrator and Fashion Textile Design graduate, Sara’s reputation in the Irish fashion and art industries precedes here.
    The Work
    From handmade kimonos, dresses and vintage leather jackets relined in her printed silk scarves, Sara’s pieces are beautifully bespoke with a rock ‘n’ roll edge.
    Made to Sustain
    “The most important thing is to inform and educate the consumer, as the fashion industry really creates and manufactures in response to their demands.”
    DOMINO WHISKER
    DOMINO WHISKER
    Daughter of perennial CREATE favourite, Mariad Whisker, writer and DJ Domino Whisker comes to CREATE as an artist.
    The Work
    Domino presents her unique wall art embroideries, in a reflection on individual style for CREATE 2018.
    THE SEASON HATS
    THE SEASON HATS
    An MA millinery graduate of the Royal College of Art whose work has been featured in British Vogue, Dazed & Confused and CR Fashion Book, Paul Stafford makes his CREATE debut.
    The Work
    Intrigued by sculpture and structure, Paul’s hats, hairbands, headpieces and signature folding hats are made by hand in Derry.
  • HOT OFF THE RED CARPET

    AMAL CLOONEY IN
    CUSTOM RICHARD QUINN

    You've seen it on Amal Clooney at this year's Met Gala and now see it in our windows - for two weeks only! A dress designed by Richard Quinn, the Central Saint Martins graduate touted as a designer to watch and member of this year's CREATE line-up, it was a last minute change on the first Monday of May that saw his masterpiece modelled on a world stage.

    A fashion moment captured at the industry's most high profile night out, the international human rights lawyer took to the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in a custom silver foil bustier with sweeping train and navy blue cigarette pants. All rendered in Quinn's now-signature knockout florals, we don't think we could love it anymore.

    Taking pride of place in our windows for two weeks, make sure to take in all other CREATE delights that await on Level 1 of our Dublin store, running until Sunday, 12th August 2018.

    BROWN THOMAS & NCAD

    THE ONES TO WATCH

    Building on our continued partnership with NCAD, this year's bursary winner and ‘Designer to Watch’ Alla Sinkevich exhibits her final year collection ‘Existential Nomad’ at CREATE.

    An immersive experience, NCAD MA, 2nd and 3rd year students were also invited to create bespoke limited edition prints for the iconic and most importantly sustainable Brown Thomas shopping bag throughout CREATE.

    As our Fashion Director Shelly Corkery says: “Gaining commercial experience is vital and we are proud to support homegrown talent with an invaluable retail platform, while helping keep the Irish fashion industry moving forward.”