Inspired by suits of armour she saw on her research trip to the V&A, as well as the current conversation surrounding power dressing, Caoimhe Lempriere is preparing to introduce a bold design to the FAD catwalk this September.
‘I take textiles at school but there’s just so much we don’t learn,’ she says. ‘Coming here, I’ve learnt the basics of pattern-cutting and how to use an industrial machine, which I’d never done, as well as everything that goes into making a garment from start to finish.
‘I think it’s good that we get a more realistic view of how people interact,’ she continues. ‘Just by talking to people at FAD you learn about different parts of the industry and what those jobs entail.’
In the future, Caoimhe is interested in going into fashion but has her sights set on the more business-driven side of the industry, such as branding. ‘It’s still creative in the thought process. I love creating, but also enjoy the strategy part of it too.’
While she’s looking forward to getting stuck into the industry, she’s also aware of its challenges. ‘I think the fashion industry can be quite elitist and very difficult to get into,’ she explains. ‘There are big issues surrounding representation and what is seen as fashionable, or beautiful.’