‘Heritage Collection’

Margaret Gillespie
Fashion Design

College
Letterkenny IT

Contact
imhgillespie@gmail.com
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Margaret Gillespie

‘Heritage Collection’

Margaret Gillespie Fashion with Promotion – Letterkenny IT ‘Heritage Collection’ My designs for this collection were very much influenced by our rich cultural heritage. During my research I came across a beautiful evening gown ‘Pink Ice’ made by our very own Sybil Connolly in 1956. Sybil had used Carrickmacross appliqué lace, an old and delicate craft. This inspired me to design a collection using Irish crochet, a unique Irish craft that has been handed down to me through generations. I wanted to create a collection that women will not only seek to wear but be proud of the fact that it was part of their heritage. My collection consists of three wedding dresses, ‘Sybil’, ‘Nancy’ and ‘Cáit’. Each dress is made with 100% ivory silk fabric and for the crochet I chose a viscose yarn made from natural fibres with a lovely silky drape that compliments the silk fabric beautifully.