Fashionista Emma’s ‘dream come true’

The Mayor Alderman Hilary McClintock and Inner City Trust Chief Executive Helen Quigley who had a sneak preview of some of Emma Curtis's collection of clothes which she is taking to London Fashion Week on Friday. Emma is a resident of the Fashion and Textile Design Centre in Derry's Shipquay Street which aims to promote young designers . Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 13.02.17
The Mayor Alderman Hilary McClintock and Inner City Trust Chief Executive Helen Quigley who had a sneak preview of some of Emma Curtis's collection of clothes which she is taking to London Fashion Week on Friday. Emma is a resident of the Fashion and Textile Design Centre in Derry's Shipquay Street which aims to promote young designers . Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 13.02.17

A Derry-based fashion designer is preparing to showcase her wares at London Fashion Week 2017.

Emma Curtis has been chosen to feature at the prestigious world fashion event, which runs from February 17 to 21 and attracts designers, buyers and fashion media from around the globe.

As resident designer at Inner City Trust’s Fashion and Textile Hub on Shipquay Street, Emma recently exhibited her work on home turf during Derry Fashion Fest in October 2016.

She said: “Exhibiting at London Fashion week is a dream come true. As well as featuring the collections of top industry names, London Fashion Show gives young and emerging designers like me the opportunity to showcase our work and network with industry giants.”

Emma said her autumn/winter collection draws heavily on nature: “Using leather, faux fur and satin, I am replicating the colours and textures of our natural environment. As well as exhibiting 15 outfits (33 pieces), I will also see my garments modelled on the catwalk.”

She added: “Without the support of Inner City Trust, I could not do what I’m doing. As resident designer I have a great space to work in and I collaborate with other young creatives on all aspects of design”.

Helen Quigley, Managing Director of Inner City Trust, said: “This is exactly what the Inner City Trust envisaged when we first planned to establish the Fashion and Textile Hub in the heart of the city.

“This is the next chapter in Derry’s industrial heritage and builds on our shirt manufacturing and textile expertise.

“Emma is a great role model. She is showing local designers how they can develop their collections and extend their networks by exhibiting at international platforms. If she can do it, so can they.”