The mood board for the collection represents the different aspects of inspiration that influenced the concept. The collection designs inspired by traditional nurses’ uniforms and also vintage gaa kits. Designs also feature embroidery detail of an aerial view map of the hospital grounds as well as embroidery of the staff football team. Release Day is an autumn/winter collection for 2022.
Acres the brand came from the name of my homeplace. Much of my inspiration and aesthetic style comes from my love for the natural beauty of Kerry. The brand is instinctively Irish and aims to use majority Irish suppliers and support Irish Businesses. The above image is an example of a press pack released to promote the collection.
The first outfit completed from the collection was this A Line embroidered dress. The dress features an all over embroidery design of the map of the hospital grounds. The dress also features an oversized embroidered gaa style collar, concealed invisible zip and 100% Irish wool sleeves. The photograph was taken in Kerry Woollen Mills the supplier of the wool.
The dress in full view. The dress features a very full skirt. The dress is lined fully, and the embroidery of the dress was completed using a layer of needled cotton. The needled cotton creatures a cushioned effect which is also very warm for the A/W seasons. This photograph was taken at St. Finans Psychiatric Hospital Killarney, the source of inspiration for the concept.
This outfit was directly inspired by past nurses’ uniforms from the 1800’s. The blouse features pleated puff sleeves in navy cotton canvas, with placement embroidery of staff football players. The main bodice features an all over embroidery design of the hospital grounds. The necktie is a mock feature that is closed at the back neck with an invisible zip. This photograph was taken in Kerry Woollen Mills.
The full outfit features white elasticated waist trousers with navy hemline detail. The hemline detail is a knit trim in Victorian edging. The knit trim wool was sourced from Kerry Woollen Mills where this photograph was taken. The embroidery detail on this outfit was completed in navy thread which is not always visible on the garment in certain lights yet can always provide a sensory experience for the wearer. This was done to reflect how often there is great aspects of our mental health that are not always visible to others even though they can encompass an individual completely.
This image shows components from different outfits. The top is a oversized gaa style shirt with placement embroidery of the staff football team and also oversized GAA collar. The top also features handknit sleeves made using Kerry Wool. The photograph was taken in The Gap of Dunloe, where the land is mainly used for sheep farming.
The final image show the model in the vast expanse of ‘the Gap’. The natural environment compliments the colour way of the collection designs and also connects with the concept of mental health and how a sense of release can be felt when in natural outdoor environments.
Model: Abbey Logan
Photographer: Sadhbh Ní Chathasaigh