Griffith College Fashion Show 2013

Coláiste Ide staff had the pleasure of attending this years Griffith College Fashion Show last week.  The exclusive Salon style event was very impressive and attended by well know names in Irish Fashion.

Expertise in construction and finish was evident throughout the fashion show as Griffith College Staff and students showed examples of the highest standards of design, skill and creativity. Our congratulations to all who were involved in the show on a job well done!


We had the pleasure of catching up with several of our past graduates who are now at different stages of studying for a Fashion Degree at Griffith College. Ciara Mc Garry (above) who has just completed her first year in Griffith College was working behind the scenes at the Fashion Show which featured the results of her first year dress project.

Emma_Lamis_AmySecond years Emma Collopy, Amy Carty, Lamis Gouma  pictured above all presented impressive collections representing their years work. Margaret Salisbury who gained direct entry to second year after completing her Fashion and Textiles Portfolio Preparation Course in Coláiste Ide last June also showed her 2nd year collection, pictured below.

Final year student Chelsea Bonus,  who also gaining  direct entry to second year 2011 showcased her final collection at last Wednesday’s event.

Chelsea’s designs showed the influence of nature in subdued mystical colours and featured details panels of intricate stitch which she made with soluble fabric.

Garment construction is only one of Chelsea’s skills and she is already making a name for herself in Fashion Illustration. Her images are beautifully rendered and highly skilled and have yielded work for London Fashion Week and on line publications. Check out Chelsea’s illustrations on Facebook:

And on her blog:

Photo: As I only have collegework to show for myself at the minute... here is one from my final year book!x

We wish all our graduates attending Griffith College the very best for the future and look forward to further links with the college’s Fashion Department.

For further information and more photos of the Griffith College Fashion Show, follow the link

Success in College Applications

Students from the Art department have been tensely awaiting results of portfolio assessments from colleges around the country for several weeks now. It’s a difficult time for applicants as the results will determine (along with FETAC examinations) which colleges students will progress to in September 2013.

Result letters began arriving a few weeks ago and Coláiste Ide is delighted to congratulate students on their success in applications to The Limerick Institute of Technology and to The National College of Art and Design and to DIT.

Congratulations to all concerned and well done on the hard work put in by students and staff. Best of luck to all those still awaiting results from other colleges.

Leonardo Da Vinci European Mobility Exchange


This course gives students over the age of 18 the possibility to be selected for a Leonardo Da Vinci European mobility exchange. Ten students from the Art& Fashion Department are travelling to Florence as part of this mobility project for three weeks work placement from the 19th March to the 6th April 2013. They will be busy working in the Accademia D’Arte

This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to work in this internationally recognised Art Academy that specialises in painting, sculpture, printmaking, design, fashion design, photography and digital media. The students will participate in three cultural trips, they will visit the famous Palazzo Pitti , The Uffizi Museum and other venues that involve art/fashion. We will keep you updated on our trip as it progresses.

2012/13 Courses Now Well Underway

Art and Fashion Courses for 2012/13 are well underway for this year. The sutdents in all courses have been busy working on their drawing modules and have now started their electives.

The Art students are covering painting and the Fashion students have begun their combined materials module. Results of these modules will be posted here in the coming weeks.

The department has also been busy with the selection of a group of students who will take part in the Léargs Exchange Programme to Italy for three weeks this Easter. More information to follow on the chosen students and their preparations for their trip!


Congratulations to this years Colaiste Ide Art and Fashion Graduates

We would like to send our congratulations to the Graduates of the Art and Design and Fashion and Textiles portfolio preparation courses. A year of hard work has been recorded here on our blog and students have reeped the results by successfully gaining entry to their chosen courses accross the country.

The end of year celebrations took place on Thursday last with a huge graduation cermony complimented by an end of year exhibition and fashion show. The response to the work on show was overwhelming and our thanks to all who came to support the graduates.

Special congratulations to the recipients in each class of the Student Achiever of the year Award. This award recognises dedication to course work, attendance, motivation, team work, attitude and all round application. The recipients were Lauren Hollingsworth, Paul Rosser and Deirbhile Nic Giolla Chomhaill.

We wish our graduates the very best in their future studies and look forward to hearing of their future success.