Here at the Galway Designer’s Network, we would like you all to get to know our designers a little better. This is the twelfth installment in a series of blog posts relating to the designers who will be taking part in the upcoming A/W’17 Showcase in Tribeton on September 9th. Keep an eye out on the blog and on our social media channels over the next week and get to know our designers before the Big Day.
Who are you & what kind of designer are you?
Based in Ballyglunin, Tuam, Co Galway, I design and made bespoke headwear in using a variety of techniques and textiles.
What sparked your interest with millinery?
Always had an interest in fashion and design, and in particular millinery since I saw Philip Tracy’s black ship headpiece a number of years ago.
Are you self taught or did you study fashion design?
Studied in Lina Stein’s International School of Millinery in Westport over the past few years, and also did a number of classes with internationally renowned milliners.
What made you take your talent more seriously and want make a career out of it?
Friends and family gave me the confidence to make a career out of it.
What is your aesthetic?
Primarily contemporary but this is evolving, and of course when working with a client, I aim to help them meet their style objectives.
What inspired this collection?
This is my first collection and prices shown represent a number of styles and techniques. Dashes of colour fascinate me and are reflected in a number if my pieces.
How has your work evolved since you began your own label?
Expanded range of styles and techniques, and exploring my creative side.
What is the biggest lesson that you have learned since you started your company?
Allowing time for the business side as well as the design side.
Describe your creative process.
When working with a client, I like to understand them and to ensure that the final headpiece really reflects them and their style.
How do you get unstuck creatively?
Go outside for a quick walk or do some cooking.
What questions do you ask yourself before you begin any design project?
What style suits the person, how will they wear it, hair up or down, outfit colour, shoes and bag, preference for headband or elastic etc.
How do you stay organized when trying to design and create while balancing family or other work related responsibilities?
Try to fix my working hours.
How do you feel about the current state if the fashion industry?
There is a lot of fast fashion; I love the idea of people using local designers to get the outfit they want, properly fitted garments made to make everyone look fabulous.
Where do you see your brand expanding to?
Expanding into different accessories and international markets.
What advice would you give to young designers?
Don’t give up your dreams!
All other imagery via Marie Goggins Millinery
Marie will be taking part in the GDN A/W Showcase on September 9th in Tribeton. There will be 3 individual showcases throughout the day:
Jewellery Design at 2pm
Millinery at 4pm
Clothing Design at 6pm.
Tickets for individual shows are priced at €15, or grab yourself a bundle ticket for €35 and spend the day in Tribeton, where you can enjoy 20% off all food all day or shop the Pop Up Market featuring all of the designers collections. Your ticket will entitle you to a glass of prosecco, a goodie bag specific to the show and a front row seat. If you want to get your hands on a ticket, go online via eventbrite.ie or head directly to Tribeton. There will also be a limited amount of standing tickets available for each show, but you must register your interest via eventbrite.ie prior to September 9th.
The Galway Designers Network is a group of talented designers looking to create exciting clothing and accessories to ensure you can support your local fashion industry and keep up to date with the latest fashion looks and we are looking to make our own mark in the fashion retail sector. Our current project the Galway Designers Studio House has been established by Ann Petrov of Cozy Handmade Designs and Gayle Poppers of Kizmet Clothing but they need your help to make their dream a reality. Follow the Galway Designers Studio House Facebook Page to read all about the project and how you can take part.
The Galway Designers Network are always looking for new and exciting designers or anyone who feels they would love to be involved. Get in touch by commenting below, via Facebook @galwaydesignersnetwork, via Instagram @galway_designersnetwork or email firstname.lastname@example.org.