If you couldn’t get your hands on a copy of Sligo Now Magazine or Mayo Now Magazine and you’d like to read about fashion designer Emma Curtis, you can catch up here! Emma is a final year student of Textiles and Fashion Design at St. Angela’s College in Sligo. Here’s how the publication looked:
ONE TO WATCH : EMMA CURTIS
Feast your eyes on up and coming Irish designer Emma Curtis. Now in her final year at St. Angela’s College Sligo this design student has already grabbed the attention of the Irish fashion elite being selected to feature in the ‘Young Designer of the Year’ student competition as part of Dublin Fashion Festival 2015.
Fashion designer Emma hails from Drumconrath in Co. Meath and although she always had a flair for art and design it was only after completing her FETAC level 5 and 6 that she began to take the notion of a career in design seriously. She tried her hand at interior design and as she tells me of her short time at Griffith College her blue eyes tear up as she recounts the devastating loss of her dear brother. I instantly sense their close-knit bond. After a short stint travelling through Australia she decided to throw herself back into her passion and enrolled in St. Angela’s College, Sligo.
The BA in Textiles, Fashion And Design with Business Management is run by Ursula O’Shea (head of Fashion and Textiles), Ana Vahey (of Ana Faye handbags) and Rebecca Marsden (award-winning fashion designer). Read my interview with Rebecca here.Inspiration
Emma’s collections are inspired by the beaches in Sligo. Themes throughout her work include shells and seaweed. She began collecting a variety of elements of sea life from Rosses Point beach. She brought her findings back to her studio at St. Angela’s and began to draw still life. Evident in her portfolio, mood boards and finished pieces mussels and scallop shells are the main focus. Throughout her three year BA in Fashion Design,Textiles & Business Management she has explored an array of techniques including weaving fabrics and digital printing. As she talks me through her collection – the design process and the materials used – it is clear how engrossed she is. She is driven and this is her true passion.Emma’s signature style
Emma appreciates fashion that stands out; something that bit different. She doesn’t like her work to blend in with the crowd. She prefers clean lines and structure. The materials used throughout her most recent works include neoprene, leatherette and chiffon. The draped cape that was chosen to feature in the ‘Young Designer of the Year’ student competition was painted by hand. Then a heat press was used. Emma spent 2 and a half days painting this piece alone.Accolades
Featuring in the ‘Young Designer of the Year’ student competition is every design student’s dream. Added to this well earned feat Emma was a finalist in the prestigious Best Dressed Lady competition wearing one of her own designs at this year’s Galway Races. She also sported her own creations at The Dublin Horse Show and both Xposé magazine and Evoke.ie showed interest in this young talent.
Next stop: Japan. Emma’s dream is to have her very own fashion label and to see her designs on runways all over the world. Her designs will be available online, with stockist worldwide. She would love to see celebrities like Lady Gaga wearing her pieces.
Wishing Emma the very best in her final year and future endeavours. This lady is one to watch!