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Spearheaded by our Fashion Director Shelly Corkery CREATE 2019 showcases the very best and the brightest in Irish design. Now in its 9th year we are delighted to continue to nurture new talent and Ireland’s dynamic design community.
Come see this year's selection in our Dublin store from Tuesday, 2nd July 2019.
About Colin: Colin experiments with crochet techniques to create an exquisite collection of contemporary, hand-made knit sweaters in modern silhouettes. His work brings a new spirit to the traditional. As the NCAD Brown Thomas ‘Designer to Watch’ runner-up 2017 we are delighted to welcome him back to CREATE 2019.
The Hero Piece: His oversized crochet red knit with wave stitches and bell sleeves.
KATIE ANN MCGUIGAN
About Katie: Award-winning womenswear designer Katie Ann McGuigan makes her highly anticipated debut at CREATE; her previous work credentials include McQ and Marc Jacobs. Inspired by the the Bosozoku biker subculture of Japan; Katie’s collection works print and texture across a palette of lilac, mint, ochre, navy and jade.
The Hero Piece: Her turquoise printed Bosozoku two piece.
About Ashleigh: Ashleigh Myles is a self-taught milliner who uses both traditional and non-traditional millinery methods and materials in her designs, recently awarded the Millinery Designer of the Year 2019, her collection, ‘An Awen’ – The Art of Cable Ties is inspired by everyday raw materials, Ashleigh transforms them into a stunning wearable art form.
The Hero Piece: Her green spiked headpiece was inspired by the Going Green Initiative for Ireland. Created by using over 100 recycled cable ties looped and hand painted on a base of green satin metallic brocade fabric.
HEATHER GILROY – NCAD DESIGNER TO WATCH
About Heather: Heather Gilroy is the winner of the NCAD and Brown Thomas Designer to Watch 2019 bursary for her collection ‘Among the Flat Pink Roses’ which was a collection inspired by ‘Repeal the Eighth' movement and passages from Sylvia Plath's poetry, the result is a celebration of modern femininity with laser-cut silk, oversized silhouettes, layered frills and cashmere.
The Hero Piece: Her oversized dress coat layered over a frothy pink trapeze dress. You can see all of Heather's final year collection ‘Among the Flat Pink Roses’ chosen by Shelly Corkery in CREATE this July.
About The Dualist: Designer and founder of The Dualist Anna Guerin feels passionately about the Irish landscape and its connection with fabrics such as Irish tweed and linen, this debut CREATE collection showcases a limited-edition range of tailored coats manufactured fully from Irish Donegal tweed woven sustainably.
The Hero Piece: Her pinstripe wool coat.
THE TWEED PROJECT
About the Tweed Project: The Tweed Project aka Triona Lillis and Aoibheann McNamara create handmade pieces that combine beautiful Irish tweeds and linens with modern tailoring for a truly authentic expression of Irish design. Committed to the West of Ireland for inspiration and production they work solely with indigenous fabrics.
The Hero Piece: Their scarves and wraps available in a myriad of colourways.
About Bláithín Ennis: A hugely successfully former CREATE designer, Bláithín Ennis returns with her striking cutting-edge handmade jewellery. Working from her studio in Wexford she references the strikingly beautiful Irish landscape in her work, all jewellery is individually handmade.
The Hero Piece: Her orange and gold Trailblazer choker which is an exclusive piece from her Glow collection.
About Lainey: Lainey Keogh needs no introduction, she is the undisputed queen of cashmere, her colour-loaded sweaters and sexy cobwebby dresses have been worn by everyone from Kate Moss to Naomi Campbell and changed forever the image of Irish knitwear.
The Hero Piece: Her cashmere coats in soft coral, fringed capes and cap sleeve tops.
About Faye: The model-turned-designer credits her experience with internationally renowned designer and Queen of Knits Sonia Rykiel as the catalyst for her collections. Her beautifully crafted Aran knits for both adults and children are entirely sourced and made locally in Donegal.
The Hero Piece: Aran jumpers in sumptuous Donegal inspired shades.
About Leonora: Milliner Leonora Ferguson takes her inspiration from a fusion of Elizabethan headwear and Japanese hairstyles. Her pieces are carefully woven by hand from lengths of wire into traditional lace knots before being transformed into wearable sculptural forms. Leonora also introduces a sustainable vegan leather alternative Piñatex® to her latest collection.
The Hero Piece: Her sculptural lace headpieces named: Amime: (the space between netting) are standouts, and take the veiled headpiece into the 21st century.
About Sara: Éadach a range of limited edition prints from the stylist and illustrator returns to CREATE. Sara has reimagined her most popular print, ‘The Pirate Queen Sunset’ into a sweeping, swirling crepe de chine cape. She will also debut a brand new wild print of black horses and thorny dark roses, ‘The Róisín Dubh Toile’.
The Hero Pieces: Her limited edition silk kimonos and lined leathers.
About Aoife: Dublin-based Milliner Aoife Harrison has been creating bespoke hats since 2008, her eye-catching designs are crafted only from the most luxurious fabrics, with feathers being a key feature in her collections.
The Hero Piece: Her large disc Icarus hat made from 500 goose feathers.
About Helena: Helena Malone is a Future Makers award winning goldsmith, with a reputation for contemporary design and handmade precious jewellery. She believes in simplicity and minimalism and that jewels do not have to be over-ornate to be luxurious and interesting. Helena’s pieces are hand-crafted in her Dublin city workshop, her collection for CREATE 2019 focuses on negative spaces in precious metal.
The Hero Piece: Her collection 'PURE' made from cultured freshwater and Tahitian pearls, natural sapphires from Madagascar, recycled silver and 18ct yellow gold.
About Four Threads: Four Threads by Alanagh Clegg returns to CREATE with a collection of timeless collectables designed to transcend each season. Leading the way in sustainability in four ways, the collection is inspired, handmade, quality and conscious. She pays careful attention to sourcing her fabrics using handwoven cotton and local Irish linen to tell a story of craftsmanship and tradition.
The Hero Piece: Her linen coats are timeless garments which are made to be lived in and loved for a life time.
About Jennifer: New to CREATE this year Jennifer's beaded headpieces garnered interest when they were displayed in our Christmas windows last year, a firm Instagram favourite they have been seen on the heads of Vogue Williams and many more.
The Hero Piece: Look out for her striking wired and beaded headpieces in wine, black and gold.
About Helen: Joining the ready-to-wear line-up this year is Helen Hayes whose collection brilliantly showcases her passion for couture and traditional hand-crafted techniques creating pieces that will be investment buys to enjoy for years to come.
The Hero Piece: Her red duchess satin two piece is made entirely by hand using individually crafted squares which are folded and assembled one by one.
MOON & MELLOW
About Cliona: Another CREATE 2019 debut, Moon & Mellow will launch their luxurious sleepwear collection designed by Cliona O’Brien at the showcase this July. Her 'Legends Collection’, is created in luxurious cotton with unique prints inspired by Irish myths.
The Hero Piece: Her soft pink cotton print 'jellyfish' pyjamas.
About Úna: The designer's handcrafted bags, belts and corsets are both timeless and avant garde, with a strong celebrity following from all over the world which includes Janet Jackson, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Madonna her pieces are always a standout success. For CREATE 2019 she brings new pieces in white leather.
The Hero Piece: White leather structured corset made using vegetable tanned leathers.
About Lucy: One of our best-loved alumni from CREATE 2013, Lucy Nagle has become an established designer at Brown Thomas stocking her collections across all stores. Lucy’s elegant casual wear is made from the finest cashmere and wool fabrics from Mongolia.
The Hero Piece: Lucy has created an exclusive capsule knitwear collection for CREATE this year.
About Joanna: Another exciting new addition to CREATE 2019 is JOKAMIN, a brand created by artist and designer Joanna Kaminska. She creates beautiful silk scarves based on paintings, made in Ireland from the highest quality silk from Italy.
The Hero Piece: Her mystical navy blue silk scarf with fish motifs. Designed in Ireland and made in Italy.
THE SEASON HATS
About Paul: Designer-maker Paul Stafford of The Season Hats will present his elegant yet cool headpieces just in time for Race season at CREATE. Recognised as an industry innovator for his fabric headpieces constructed to be foldable and fashionable.
The Hero Piece: His hats come in a bold colour palette from photocopier black and ballpoint blue to highlighter pink.
EMER ROBERTS DESIGN
About Emer: Designer Emer Roberts has created a fine jewellery brand with fine art credentials. As a multi award-winning jewellery designer she loves nothing more than creating something unique that her customers will enjoy forever.
The Hero Piece: Look out for the her 'Wearable Biology’ pieces which were inspired by the elegant and organic patterns of the Art Nouveau aesthetic.
About Alison: Alison is an award winning designer and recipient of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland Future Makers Award. She divides her time, between her Dublin studio and Connemara Farm.
The Hero Piece: Alison Conneely returns to her Connemara roots for this collection which is inspired by the sculpted lifelines of the ancient past.
About Michelle: This third collection for CREATE entitled ‘Delicate Punch’, is inspired by the modern woman. Look out for hats bedecked in leather and suede roses.
The Hero Piece: Her headpieces with sculpted wire thorns, draped tulle and intricate beading.
JILL & GILL
About Jill & Gill: Illustrators and printmakers working across fashion and fine art bring some more of their incredible prints to CREATE this year. Their collections are 'A celebration through print, illustration and style' uniquely illustrated and hand-printed in Dublin.
The Hero Piece: Their hand-printed, Japanese denim, Yayoi Kusama inspired bomber jackets.
ELEMENTS OF ACTION
About Elements of Action: Design duo Edward Coveney and Esther Gerrard, are both landscape architects and product designers, they design and curate bespoke furniture and gifts with clever details that push the boundaries of design.
The Hero Piece: Look out for their mirrors, plant stands and unique coffee tables in marble, brass mirror and local wood.
About Jennifer: Textile designer Jennifer Slattery creates napkins and homewares from Irish linen and lambswool. Each piece is created in Ireland and she hand-finishes with her intricate embroidery in her Smithfield studio.
The Hero Piece: Her embroidered cutlery napkins inspired by her grandmother's collection of antique cutlery.
About Ruth: Yoga teacher Ruth Delahunty has combined her love of yoga with her career as a designer. Her Yoagru 108 Ansana sequencing cards are beautifully designed to elegantly show each pose.
The Hero Piece: The cards simplify yoga sequencing for any level of experience, to help understand what gives the ‘feel good factor’ from yoga and how to create this in your home practice – these are the perfect elixir to a busy life!
About Diem: Thomas Diem is a second generation designer and potter. Born in NYC his pottery is handmade and created with the mantra: "Simple things that enhance daily life."
The Hero Piece: Their crisp white glaze with strong blocks of colour are inspired by the colours and scenery of Nordic countries; their contemporary pieces provide a Scandi-style setting for people to share food and time together.
About Isobel: Award winning ceramic artist Isobel Egan designs fine porcelain work which explores themes of architecture and form.
The Hero Piece: Her collection of ‘Miniatures’ are collectable pieces with contrasting textures, the smooth coolness of the glaze work with the velvety texture of porcelain in its natural form.