Recycled Garment created by Labhaoise Kennedy

As part of our design module, we had to create a garment from recyclable materials.

After searching the internet for some inspiration, I came across an individual selling sweet bag’s on eBay. 500 hundred sweet bag’s, all a wide variety of colours for only 7 euro, bargain!

As you can see below, my garment consists of a dress and apron constructed of different coloured sweet bags with doilies used for the trim.

My inspiration for my outfit came from women of the 1950’s, predominantly housewives.

Here are a couple of pictures of how it turned out. . .


Recycled Garment created by Amy Holland

The inspiration for my recycled garment originally came from the sports looks that have recently featured on many catwalks. This inspired me to use footballs as my material for this design project. I investigated how I could work and use this material to create a garment and found that the individual segments of a football have a unique and striking appearance. The strength of the material then inspired me to think about garments inspired by armour to represent this strength. A playsuit with shoulder pads was the result. I separated the individual football segments and resewed them in the patterns I wanted. The graphic simplicity of the segments didn’t suit a complicated design and I felt a simple shape best portrayed the strength and masculinity of the initial concept for the garment. I chose to photograph my garment with a sense of harshness and strength to compliment the design so I chose an old, abandoned bridge as my location and styled the garment simply, with striped tights and sporty trainers to compliment the original material.

Stylist/Photographer: Amy Holland

Model: Lisa Holland
Garment by Amy Holland

Spring/Summer Accessories Trends-Midi Rings

Midi Rings are becoming one of this year’s must haves! With celebrities like Rihanna and Kristen Steward already spotted wearing them! You can wear just one or stack them up for a more dramatic effect. Midi Rings are available all over the high street so there’s no reason not to be on trend this Spring!

 Kristen Stewart


Vanessa Hudgens

By Sarah Flanagan

Styling Exhibition

!!!! Exciting News – Exhibition !!!!


A Pop- Up exhibition of Fashion Photoshoots by talented GTI students will take place in Jigsaw, Fairgreen Road on Thursday 18th April from 6 to 8pm and on Friday 19th April from 5 til 7pm. This event is free of charge and complementary tea/ coffee and cakes will be on offer on Thursday evening to guests. All donations at this event will go to the Jigsaw, Galway who provide a free and confidential support service for young people age 15 – 25 living in Galway.  There will be spot prizes and a raffle on the night giving someone a chance to win a makeover – the perfect treat for all fashionistas!

 This directional fashion- forward Exhibition takes place as part of GTI fashion Fiesta 2013, a Project for Applied Learning which puts the focus on student creativity with many departments in GTI participating  – student hair and makeup artists will show their creative, eye catching concepts in collaboration with the fashion design students. Other fashion events as part of GTI Fashion Fiesta 2013  include the amazing “Live “ windows on Tuesday 23rd April in Anthony Ryan and Brown Thomas and a model walk of 100 models wearing spectacular student creations on Thursday 25th April from GTI at 5pm to The Meyrick Hotel, followed by a spectacular Fashion Show in the hotel. GTI Fashion Fiesta is the highlight of the student fashion calendar in Galway.

 “Jigsaw Galway is a free and confidential support service for young people aged 15 – 25 living in Galway city and county and is located on Fairgreen Rd in Galway City (across from the new coach station). Jigsaws aim is to support young people in Galway who are struggling and to ensure they get the support they need, when and where they need it.  For more information on Jigsaw call 091 549252, email or visit our website on

All events are open to the public.

Hope to see you there.


The Style Team x

Fashion Nails

Everyone is aware that nails are a big fashion must have, from bright colours to accented nails to amazing nail art. It’s every woman’s dream to have them all!

I have compiled some images
which I feel would make great statement nails to complement your casual and evening looks.

Accent nails with bright pink

Accent bow and baby pink

Classic black

Cute flying saucer

Rainbow pastels

Pastel Mix

You may even be inspired to chose one design for your own nails the next time you take a trip to the salon. These designs could also be recreated at home at your convenience as a more affordable option.


Check out Tom Bachik, a California skater boy with a graphic design background who fell into the nail business in 1994 and has since built up an impressive clientele (ScarJo, Gwen Stefani, and Victoria Beckham are all fans).
Bachik’s work on Victoria Beckham
By Rachel Meenaghan

British Supermodel Cara Delevingne


The beautiful Cara Delevingne, at just 20 years old, is one of the most sought after models in the world, walking in nearly 50 shows between New York, London and Paris Fashion Weeks. She is a fashion icon in her own right. Cara isn’t just your average model, if there is such a thing, she is also one of many stunning Victoria Secret Supermodels. Last year Cara was awarded model of the year at the British Fashion Awards and has not once disappointed us. Herself and Rita Ora have teamed up to launch her very first fragrance campaign, replacing Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as the face of Burberry Body Tender. Cara’s life is one that most people would envy, and as well as being famous for her thick eyebrow trend, she is just as famous for her goofy faces and poses as she is for her incredible looks and physique. This model is one to keep an eye out for. She is definitely one of our favorites.

Cara being her goofy self, still looking as beautiful as she would on the run way

 Cara walks the catwalk for Peter Pilotto during London Fashion Week 2013

Cara wears a design from the Unique collection during London Fashion Week 2013

Cara walks the runway for Jeremy Scott during New York Fashion Week 2013

Cara walks the runway for Matthew Williamson at London Fashion week 2013

 Cara walks the runway for Oscar De La Renta during New York Fashion Week 2013

Cara walks the runway for DKNY during New York Fashion Week 2013

By Saskia Pechova

Galway Technical Institute Window Displays

In Galway Technical Institute we study a module called Retail Display. For this module we had three assignments to complete, one of the assignments was to come up with our own window display.  The main window display is worth 40% so as you can imagine there is a lot of work involved.

We started off  by brainstorming some ideas on what theme we would like to base our display on.  Once our theme was established we researched images and created a mood board of our strongest visuals. The next step was to create four sketches to represent the overall appearance for our window display. We then made a miniature model of the window display inside a shoe box. Once the model was complete we had to draw up a plan on how we were going to make the props and estimate the time it would take to make each prop. The final step in the process was to install and photograph the window display.


Enjoy the displays!

Window display by Shannen Van Ravestijn(Retail Practice)

Window display by Saskia Pechova (Retail Practice)

Window display by Kate Gornika (Retail Practice) 

Window display by Rebecca Finnerty (Retail Practice)

Window display by Robin Mc Gonigle

Group Project by Fashion Industry Practice class  (Props by

By Shannen Van Ravestijn

Carol Walsh – Recycled Garment

Our brief to design a garment from our design module specified that it needed to be created from recycled objects.  After looking around the house I decided to use the lace net curtains from my bedroom window.  I began with researching lace net garments and collected some images for an inspirational mood board.  Then I started work on the mannequin, by manipulating the material in different ways my design came to life.

By Carol Walsh

Lorna Wadman – Recycled Garment

For our first assignment in our Design Module, we were asked to ‘Produce a garment using Recycled Materials’.  With 5 children at home old toys seemed to be an obvious choice.  I looked around the playroom and came across a box full of odd jigsaw pieces.  I started playing around with the puzzle and pieces of fabric.  ‘The colours and pictures brought to mind a ‘Fairy Tale Theme’.  Using a bodice given to me by ‘Helena Quinlan Bridal’, I started sewing on the jigsaw pieces slowly building up the front of the bodice.  As I continued, a pair of curtains that hung in my bedroom as a child came to mind.  The colours worked perfectly and they tied in with my fairytale theme.


To complete the look I made a crown using pages from an old book and puzzle pieces and I customized a pair of shoes using puzzle pieces.
I photographed my look at ‘Yeats Tower’ near Gort, on Katrina O’Connell.  I did the make up and styling and I photographed the shoot myself. I am delighted with the finished result.
By Lorna Wadman

Monochrome Madness

One of the most noticeable statement looks from the catwalk in the Spring/Summer 2013 show was monochrome with bold black and white looks.

Designers such as Marc Jacobs, Jason Wu and Alexander Wang dawned striking black and white looks, especially when combined with another big trend of the season – stripes.

Hollywood A-listers such as pregnant Kim Kardashian, Nicole Richie and Miley Cyrus are all huge fans of fashion week and have been showing us how to work this black and white love affair.

Miley Cyrus, crowned most improved celebrity style of the year by the Fashion Police rocking a daring striped jumpsuit.

Nicole Richie looks fabulous in black and white with ruffles.


Kim kardashian knows how to dress for her pregnanct figure, she looks lovely.


Nobody can forget Beyonce’s Grammy awards moment when she turned up in a black and white statement jumpsuit.


Looks from the catwalk

Balmain Spring/ Summer 2013

Valentino Spring/ Summer 2013


Balenciaga Spring/ Summer 2013


Moschino Spring/ Summer 2013

Poppy Delevigne, model sister of Cara Delevigne looks so beautiful and on trend wearing a simple white dress paring it with black accessories to achieve that on trend fashion forward look.



It`s so easy to stay on trend day and night, just team a beautiful monochrome dress like any of these dresses with a simple shoe and bag.

By Meghan Jones