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Award Winner Announced at Unwrap Fashion Festival 2018

Louise Marchand, Winner of the LEO Limerick Fashion & Textiles Enterprise Award 2018, pictured with her award-winning fashion design graduate collection.

Unwrap fashion festival produced by Limerick School of Art & Design showcase the work of award-winning student fashion designer.

A shortlist of three aspiring designers from LSAD’s BA Fashion Design, and BA Fashion Knitwear and Textiles, presented their graduate design work and a development plan for commercialising their creative business to a panel of industry judges. LEO Limerick sponsored the prize, a bursary of €1,500, plus three professional mentoring sessions and free access to all LEO training courses for the remainder of 2018. The shortlist featured Michelle Woong; Kristina Finlay; Louise Marchand.

The judging panel was made up of Sinéad Burke, academic, writer and advocate; Eddie Shanahan, Chairman of the Council of Irish Fashion Designers; Eamon Ryan, Head of Enterprise, Limerick Local Enterprise Office, and Muireann Charleton, Design Enterprise & Development at LSAD.

The winning student, Louise Marchard, is a graduate of Fanshawe College, Toronto, Canada. She chose to study her final year at Limerick School of Art & Design, LIT due to its international reputation for fashion excellence worldwide. Louise’s connection to the island of Ireland is strong as her mother is originally from Northern Ireland. The judges commended the winning student for her demonstration of a range of skills including the technical expertise of her work and its commercial viability, as well as her market research into fashion as a business. Louise was also a shortlisted nominee for the Irish Fashion Innovation Awards 2018.

Commenting on the award, Muireann Charleton, Design Enterprise & Development, Lecturer, said, “Limerick School of Art & Design is committed to supporting its students and emerging designers in their enterprise development potential. This award demonstrates the importance for students to link their creativity and design capability with enterprise skills for a successful career”.

Speaking at the Unwrap Fashion Festival Award presentation, Eamon Ryan, Head of Enterprise at Limerick Local Enterprise Office, who presented the prize to the winner, highlighted the importance of supporting students of fashion in the early stages of their career. “Limerick LEO are delighted to support the enterprise development of the next generation of fashion designers, which is vital to sustaining jobs in the creative sector in the region”.


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