Katie Moore from Foxford, Co Mayo, has been chosen to work at London Fashion Week after winning an internship with international Irish designer John Rocha.
Katie is one of two final year GMIT Textiles students have been given a huge career boost after taking part in two prestigious shows in Dublin and London.
Amy Brannigan from Ballinstaig, Kilcolgan, Co Galway, was invited to exhibit her work at The Knitting and Stitching Show in Dublin’s RDS, the definitive exhibition for lovers of textiles in Ireland.
Katie Moore, who won an internship with international Irish designer John Rocha, worked on hats for his SS14 collection. As part of this, she was invited to London Fashion Week to work with the John Rocha team.
Speaking about her experiences, Katie says: “While working backstage during the John Rocha LFW SS14 show I was so busy soaking up all that was around me, there was so much to see and learn. My time at John Rocha was invaluable. I enjoyed every minute of it and learned so much, but also got to put all the skills I’ve gained while studying Textiles in GMIT to good use. I really look forward to my next London Fashion Week experience.”
Commenting on Katie’s achievements, Peter Conroy, lecturer on the BA (Hons) Textile programme at GMIT’s Centre for Creative Arts and Media says: “When she was called for an interview with John Rocha she had a fantastic opportunity to show the in-house designers her college work.
“She has a background in millinery but her portfolio contains broader textile interests such as fabric printing, weaving, and embroidery. This was no doubt one of the reasons why Katie was invited to work at Rocha’s design house ‘Three Moon Designs’ – as it is well known that he values textiles as the creative core of his collections. It was no surprise then that the design team particularly admired Katie’s portfolio of wonderful fabric prints created as part of a college project here at GMIT’s Centre for the Creative Arts and Media (CCAM).”
“It is always a rewarding experience for lecturing staff to witness and support burgeoning creativity allied to professionalism. Certainly, Amy and Katie have plenty of both qualities. Being invited to take part in both prestigious events such as London Fashion Week and The Knitting and Stitching Show is a very positive reflection on the educational quality of the Textile programme at GMIT,” adds Mr. Conroy.