‘Honour’ for Inishowen designer

Oliver Doherty, who will showcase his designs at London Fashion Week.
Oliver Doherty, who will showcase his designs at London Fashion Week.

Oliver Doherty Duncan at work.

The event, which is recognised across the world, is one in a long line of accolades for Oliver, who also works in the costume department for TV hit show, ‘Game of Thrones.’

His designs, which are sold in the Design Centre in Dublin, have been worn by such names as presenter Laura Whitmore and also by Ireland’s Eurovision entry Kasey Smith in last year’s competition.

Speaking to the ‘Journal,’ Oliver told how he was introduced to the showcase, which is presented by Irish Design 2015 and Kildare Village, by the Fashion and Textile Hub in Derry, where he has just opened his own studio.

He said that showcasing at London Fashion Week is “every designer’s dream.”

He added: “It is one of the most important weeks on the fashion calendar and to be part of that is just surreal. Working with Irish Design 2015 has been such a fantastic experience.”

Oliver has been commissioned to create a new piece for the showcase and fabricated a design “that portrays an evolution of hand-crafted art into modern day innovation.

He said: “I aspired to engineer a unique method of design that examined the body and challenges conventional perceptions. To create this piece, I use traditional basket weaving and macramé techniques. I applied these traditional skills to the garment intended for a modern market while still proving cutting edge, contemporary and relevant designs. Leather cord is the main material that is used in my work.

“I allowed the body to determine the shape and structure of the piece and let it grow organically into the finished three dimensional art piece that it is. This seemed to cause a transformative relationship with the constructed piece and the body beneath.”

Oliver, who is currently designing his second collection added that he sees representing Ireland at the showcase as a “huge honour.”

He said: “The other Irish designers are at such a high level. I feel very fortunate to have been chosen.”

As well as the exhibition, Oliver, who will travel to London this week is also part of the Designer Support Showcase, running in conjunction with the showcase. This brings together a network of London College of Fashion affiliated academics and researchers and helps the designers prepare for the showcase and develop their business.