The future of fashion?
Next month, Kilkenny’s National Craft Gallery is showcase work by designers striving to draw a line between fashion and art
A talented Brazilian designer who divides her time between Kinsale and Florence, Chaves is probably the only shoe designer who has collaborated with a silversmith, in this case, the renowned Irish artisan, Kevin O’Dwyer for her remarkable Goldsculpt shoe collection. The work of this São Paolo born designer was already attracting attention before her graduation from the Polimoda school in Florence in 2010. The “invisible” shoes from her first series are already collector’s items and her innovative and distinctive visual approach, combined with experimental materials and state of the art technology, make her a name to watch.
From Roscommon, now working in London, Burke is a graduate of Limerick School of Art and Design who interned with Philip Treacy and at Burberry among others before setting up on her own. Drawing from psychological and military sources, her use of leather panelling and brass fittings in belts, corsets, jewellery, handbags and abstract body pieces are distinctive and have attracted an international celebrity following and innumerable awards. She has dressed well known figures such as Daphne Guinness, Rihanna and Lady Gaga and works closely with industry leaders such as Charlotte Stockdale, Nicola Formichetti, Nick Knight, David Bailey and Francois Nars.