Sallynoggin College of Further Education Students Dazzle Audiences
Industry experts puzzled about the future of fashion need look no further than to the SCFE design and styling students who presented a unified message at the college’s first “Slow Show” - dressing well doesn’t have to cost the earth.An even mix of avant-garde and ready-to wear-pieces were paraded down the runaway at this year’s annual SCFE fashion show but what each of the eclectic designs had in common was sustainability.
The stylish creations exhibited at the show, attended by the Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, rebelled against the fast-fashion trend which has been condemned for its harmful effects to the environment. There was standing room only at the April event in which audience members were not only treated to a fashion feast, but a lesson in dressing sustainably and on-trend.
Aoife Banks, an SCFE Fashion Design graduate and slow fashion devotee, presented the show where the college’s Fashion Styling students demonstrated their commitment to slow fashion by up-cycling and customising pre-loved pieces and materials.
In an exercise in ingenuity, SCFE Fashion Design students used abandoned clothing discovered along the nearby coastline and turned the materials into edgy streetwear in a collaborative project with Dún Laoghaire County Council, IADT and An Taisce’s Clean Coasts.
This work will be on display at the waste prevention exhibition “The Tide is Turning”in the LexIcon, Dún laoghaire from Thursday 16th to Thursday 23rd May, An Cathaoirleach Cllr Ossian Smyth will officially open the exhibition on Wednesday 15th May from 5pm.
It wasn’t just the college’s fashion students dazzling audiences.
On 4th April, our Performing Arts students staged two performances at Dún Laoghaire’s Lexicon Studio. In Almost There, a touching exploration of love, actors moved the audience from tears to laughter in quick succession. The play depicted love in all its beautiful and painful incarnations, from falling in love, to unrequited love.
The Advanced Performing Arts students then staged Error 404, a humorous examination of identity in our social media obsessed world, penned by the students themselves. The play explores what happens when the human is taken out of human resources and in the end it is artificial intelligence which saves a trapped group of misfits in need of rescuing.
On 10th April, the SCFE Professional Floristry students welcomed Spring in a wedding exhibition held at the college. Sallynoggin’s greenfingered students showcased their floral designs at the Weddings Exhibition which was opened by Cllr Ossian Smyth who commended the creativity and enthusiasm of the students who exhibited an array of beautiful bouquets.
Floristry teacher, Ciara Quigley is a Chelsea Medal winner and students have benefited from her floristry expertise and flair for design. Also in attendance were a number of former students who have gone on to open their own businesses.
And last but not least, the Art and Photography students presented the official opening of their 2019 graduate exhibition again at the LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire on 7th May. This Exhibition, again opened by Cllr Ossian Smyth, was a year long journey for a group of talented and dedicated students. The body of work on display showed a broad range of experience and artistic flair, created from the subjects they have studied at SCFE including Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Painting, Drawing and Sculpture.