The graduate collection ‘Release Day’ opens the conversation surrounding mental health in Ireland,
through fashion. Inspired by my father’s career as a psychiatric nurse, this collection was influenced
heavily by the traditional uniforms of mental health nurses and also by the large GAA culture that
existed within the hospital. The designs and silhouettes took direct inspiration from nurses’ uniforms
and also from the GAA kit of the staff football team. The collection is designed to have an anti-stress
element in its garment construction techniques. All the clothes feature either zippers, snap buttons,
or elasticated waists for ease of dressing. The collection also features needled cotton embroidery
which creates a large, cushioned structure within the garments, to create a ‘safe space’ in these
pieces. The quilted embroidery creates a sensory experience as well as the handknit design details.
The collection features wool sourced locally from Kerry Woollen Mills.