The Institute of Contemporary Arts wasn’t only the home to the BFC Presentation Space during London Fashion Week in September; ‘Unfold,’ the Irish Design 2015 presentation occupied one of the houses in the back of the building. Irish Design 2015 is “a year long programme exploring, promoting and celebrating Irish design.” One designer in particular who is participating in the ID2015 is Jill de Burca. She was inspired by “fish.” After a visit to the American Museum of Natural History. After a seeing an image of an X-ray of a fish, “it all started to come together from there.”
For those of you who don’t know, de Burca studied at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. Specialising in embroidery at NCAD, she worked on production of Erdem’s embroidered designs. Her other clients include Stella McCartney and Mary Katrantzou. Topshop, Calvin Klein and Diane von Furstenberg have all purchased de Burca’s creations in the past.
De Burca “researched and started to develop [her] prints and embellishments from drawings.” Fish skeleton prints were in gradated hues of blue and green, red and pink. The Dublin designer specialised in embroidery during her course. Examples of that were also present in the collection, through the motif of the fish. Shrimp, lobster and other shoals were brought to life using diamantes, colourful buttons, gold accents and more.
The shapes in the collection were a perfect fit for summer. Loose, airy, perfect for summer. One black tank dress was enlivened with a colourful, embroidered lobster. The black bomber jacket with the bright fish skeleton print is the light jacket every woman will be after next year. As well as those, there were mini skirts, flouncy tops and a dress all festooned with fish, through embroideries, kaleidoscopic prints.
I’m glad I was able to see de Burca’s work in person. The rising designers of today were had this great platform and out of the ten of them, de Burca’s was one of my favourites. “[Being a part of Unfold] has been invaluable in helping me promote my brand and engage with an international audience.” Keep an eye on this name, there’s great things to come.