BT Create returns

by Emma Nolan
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BROWN Thomas has announced the return of CREATE – a showcase of the most exciting emerging Irish design talent.
Now in its sixth year, the installation will celebrate the work of 19 talented designers across ready-to-wear, accessories, millinery and jewellery for six weeks.
The designers who have been selected and mentored will have the opportunity to sit alongside the world’s most luxurious labels at the Grafton Street’s store.
This year, CREATE welcomes the return of Ireland’s much-loved designer Mary Gregory with a
collection of signature pieces that she has long been renowned for.
Gregory will join a host of new talent, including ready-to-wear designers Teatum Jones and Fintan Mulholland.
In accessories, CREATE welcomes Una Burke, Sara O’Neill, Dee Mangan and Wild Cocoon.
This year, jewellery designers include Helena Malone, Tory Long and Mia Parsons Design, and milliner Elaine Keogh.
Returning designers for 2016 include Richard Malone, Giovanna Borza, Jill De Burca, Davina Lynch and Margaret O’Connor.
NCAD graduate Aideen Gaynor will showcase her collection, Hard Boiled Wonderland, as part of the Brown Thomas Designer to Watch competition, chosen by Shelly Corkery at the recent NCAD graduate fashion show.
Shelly Corkery, fashion director of the Brown Thomas Group, said: “CREATE is the first to find the most exciting and newest talent and showcase the best emerging designers.
“Gaining commercial experience is vital and we are proud to support home-grown talent with an invaluable retail platform and to help keep the Irish fashion industry moving forward.”

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