As part of Galway Fashion Week the GTI Annual Fashion Fiesta Show 2016 was held yesterday evening. The theme for this year was ‘Culture Clash’ and the show was amazing. It really showcased the talent of some of the young designers that are studying in GTI College, Galway as well as also showcasing other course disciplines as well – such as video, production and security as well. I was delighted to attend as I think that we need to support young, developing designers that are still in or just about to leave college. They may be the future of fashion and their talent really shone through on the night.
The evening was held in the very Glamorous G Hotel (you may remember it from this event), and they did not let us down last night. The hotel were great hosts and we were treated to delicious hors d’oeuvres and drinks before the event and then it was on to the main event! The host for the evening was former Rose of Tralee and GTI Nursing graduate, Maria Walsh who it turns out is so chatty and the perfect MC. She put the models at ease and is the type of person that you instantly warm to. A mention also has to be given to deputy mayor Niall McNelis who also came out to support.
This dress was the stand out one for me from the entire show – the designer is Triona Curren and love both the texture and delightfully pink tones. The entire outfit was made from recycled materials.
I have decided to show a snippet of the talented designs below – where I have noted the designer or notes about the outfit – they are noted below the image.
A quick mention has to be noted to local charity ‘Hope’ that the event was held in aid of this year. The organisation works with street and slum children in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), India and is making a real difference over there. They reach out to those most forgotten; offering protection, healthcare, nutrition, education, rehabilitation and a family for life. They have many events on this year – such as a walk in the foothills of the Himalayas, yoga in India or many other events that you can read about here.
If you are interested in one of the courses in fashion design, styling that GTI have on offer, please see www.gti.ie for further information. What I will say from what I have heard and seen – the teachers there are excellent and the students sitting around me had nothing bad to say so I would advise talking to them if you are thinking of a career in fashion.