Derry’s cultural renaissance continues to impact on all aspects of creative life in the City including the fashion and textile design sector.
Not only is the Fashion and Textile Design Hub on Shipquay Street weeks away from opening but one of our own Fashion Designers who is making waves in London is returning home to Derry to unveil his collection.
Christoper Reid’s brand Topher Lily will be showcased in a fashion show in the Guildhall with doors opening at 5.00pm on Saturday 23rd August.
He stated, “I’m so excited to be back in my home town unveiling my collection plus the collections of many other local designers and makers. I have worked incredibly hard to develop this collection and I am so exhilarated to be bringing this back to Derry from London.”
“As well as the Topher Lily collection there will be several other local fashion designers and talent from the North West on show, plus awards for Most Glamorous, Designer of the Year, Best Stylist, Best Make Up Artist and Best Model.”
Christopher concluded, “This is a great time for the fashion community and for local designers from Derry! The Fashion and Textile Design Hub is opening in September with an exciting programme in place and there are other really innovative initiatives currently being planned which will help promote Derry as the fashion hub on the island of Ireland.”
The Fashion and Textile Design Hub is a new initiative being spearheaded by Inner City Trust. Helen Quigley, the Trust’s Managing Director, is the Chairperson of the Fashion and Textile Design Hub on Shipquay Street. “It is great to see a talent such as Christopher returning to his native city. Not only has he brought his collection with him but has organised a very innovative and daring fashion show which will also shine the light on other local talent that the city has to offer.”
Helen added. “It is a great time for fashion and textile designers and makers in the City and the wider North West.”
“Inner City Trust have just secured funding from Derry City Council and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Legacy Fund for The Fashion and Textile Design Hub on Shipquay Street and for a programme of events and activities to encourage potential designers and makers.”
“This investment from Inner City Trust and the public sector will ensure that the Fashion and Textile Design Hub will breathe new life into a vacant city centre building. This investment will help create sustainable employment opportunities by giving access to specialised equipment and a comprehensive business support service for existing and emerging fashion and textile designers, and the Centre will host fashion shows, workshops and exhibitions, all of which have the potential to attract businesses, investors and visitors to the city centre.”