Showcase is an international launch pad for some 450 Irish designers, manufacturers and craftspeople who unveil their new season collections each year. Following on from the success of previous initiatives including The Knitwear Project in 2016 and TextISLE in 2017, Showcase 2018 introduced MADE/Slow - a unique presentation of quality design featuring beautiful Irish products across the fashion, jewellery and homewares sectors.
The products featured as part of MADE/Slow were all designed and made in Ireland, providing sustainable rural employment through a combination of modern technology and traditional production methods. Brands that participated in MADE/Slow included Áine, Aran Woollen Mills, Avoca, Bernie Murphy, Celtic Tweeds, Elaine Madigan, Ireland’s Eye Knitwear, Fisherman Out of Ireland and Triona. The fashion and textile products selected for MADE/Slow were presented at a vibrant fashion show which was curated and styled by the renowned stylist Catherine Condell.
The MADE/ Slow Fashion Show at Showcase 2018 included some of Ireland’s most familiar brand names including Magee 1866, Avoca, Fisherman out of Ireland, Celtic Tweeds, Ireland’s Eye knitwear and Studio Donegal. Growing brands making their mark on the fashion landscape including Tissue, Coletti, Ros Duke and Mary Callan which also featured in the fashion show.
“The interest from specialised trade buyers across the world in Showcase each year is a testament to the unique offering of Ireland’s vibrant design and craft sector,” said Karen Hennessy, Chief Executive of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland. “Over an intensive four days, hundreds of Irish designers and makers have the opportunity to connect with domestic and international buyers, making this annual event critical to their business.”