Leading Irish fashion designer opens 350th Anniversary Art Exhibition

by Padraig Conlon

The King’s Hospital School in Palmerstown has launched an art exhibition as part of its 350th anniversary events.

The expo, featuring exhibits from past parents and past and current pupils, was officially opened by the acclaimed haute couture fashion designer and past pupil Ib Jorgensen.

From the 1950s to the 1990s, Ib was one of Ireland’s leading fashion designers, building up a clientele of the wealthiest and most stylish women in the country.

A graduate of Dublin’s Grafton Academy of Dress Designing, Ib was only twenty-two when he launched his own salon and his name was to become synonymous with elegant, glamorous clothing.

“There are some really great works here and it’s great to see such an emphasis on art at the school,” he told guests as he officially opened the exhibition.

He spoke about his time as a fashion designer and later as an owner of an art gallery and said he hoped many students would follow the artistic path but warned that becoming an artist can be a struggle.

“It can take some time to find your own niche, but it is worth it when you get there.”

The wide-ranging expo runs at the school’s newly refurbished Mahony Room Gallery, complete with spot lighting and dado rails, until May 31.

The display features work from well-known contemporary artists including past pupils Fergus A Ryan and Adrienne Symes as well as from KH students and members of the wider KH community.

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