For the past few months we’ve been working with the next generation of Irish fashion designers from Ulster University’s Fashion and Textile Design degree programme on a special competition launched to mark our 25th anniversary. ‘Project Silverlight’ challenged 10 final year design students to create an outfit which could sit alongside our SS17 collection, following a brief from our design team and using fabrics from our collection.
Competition entrants met with our design team to hear more about the Remus Uomo brand and discuss the fabrics and main trends from our SS17 collection. After reviewing their initial designs and hearing more about their inspiration, 3 finalists were chosen to make their garments to be judged by members of the university faculty, Remus Uomo brand representatives and Cathy Martin, Director of Belfast Fashionweek.
The three chosen finalists showcased a great understanding of construction and used our SS17 fabrics in new and innovative ways. Judges took plenty of time to ask more questions of the finalists before deciding on one overall winner.
And the winner is.... Emma Morrow (23) from Dungannon.
All three finalists opened the show at Westcoast Cooler Belfast FASHIONWEEK and Emma received a £1,500 cash prize to pay for her final year debut fashion collection. We really enjoyed working with the university and with the students involved in the project. We're committed to creating and safeguarding fashion design jobs in the UK and Ireland and working with up and coming design talent is a great way of giving those students a valuable insight into a working menswear business and the experience of working to a brief. We're excited to see what's next for this talented bunch and look forward to seeing their collections in the final year show in May.