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

GTI Open Day Tuesday 5th MARCH

GTI Open Day on 5 March is an important date for your calendar, when the college welcomes potential students, teachers and parents to visit and enjoy the ambience of GTI from 9.00am to 5pm. This is your perfect opportunity to discover all about the different courses on offer at GTI and to participate in various exciting events.  There will be lots of activities taking place throughout the day showcasing the dynamic learning approach at GTI, which focuses on bringing the real world into the classroom and the classroom into the real world.  The Beauty and Make up students will offer nail treatments and facials as well as make -over demonstrations.  Be sure to check out the range of state- of -the art facilities in the various departments – Media, Fashion, Business, Computing & Engineering, Applied Health Sciences, Hairdressing & Beauty, Art& Design, and Sport & Recreation. Potential students will be able to chat with current students about the different courses within each department and get a taste of what makes GTI students such a success, equipping each individual learner with the essential skills and knowledge for the challenges of a global economy.

GTI Fashion Studio are launching the ever-amazing and much lauded Fashion Fiesta 2013, so if you are interested in the exciting, dynamic  world of fashion be sure to pop in to find out all about this year’s event, with its theme this year “THE JOURNEY” linking in with The Gathering.  Enjoy complementary tea, coffee and cakes while you admire the stunning creations of the talented Fashion students.

Beauty Year 1 Artdeco local Make-up Competition will be held between 9-10am. Beauty students demonstrate make-up artistry using tribal and butterfly themes for inspiration.  There will be 1st and 2nd prizes of Artdeco Products to the total value of €500.

The Health Science and Beauty year 1 student will offer mini “soft hands” Dermalogica treatments in the in-house treatment rooms (room 10 and 11). A Dermalogica Representative will be on hand in room 10 to offer Face Mapping and professional advice.

In addition GTI students will be offering a range of complementary treatments including:

  • Hand and arm massage
  • File and polish
  • Reflexology
  • Massage

A pop up shop at Poise Salon Reception will offer Artdeco make-up Products as well as Health Foods Store samples. Professionals from Boots Pharmacy will be available to check blood pressure and to offer health and beauty advice.

GTI students and teachers are very much looking forward to welcoming you to all these events on Open Day. Be sure to come along and enjoy the various activities and demonstrations on offer.   For more information on courses and to apply online, please visit

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Rihanna at London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week is in full swing but there was one show above all others that everyone was waiting to see.  That was the launch of pop star Rihanna’s debut ready to wear range for River Island.  So did it live up to expectations?  What do you think?

The collection was a mix of 90’s inspired garments in bold, primary colours which included jersey maxi dresses with splits up to the thigh, crop tops, sheer shirts and bomber jackets.  Tie-die was also a predominant feature on jumpsuits, A-line minis and an off the shoulder crop top.

The collection also features many accessories including baseball caps, head scarves, very large hoop earrings with biker boots and simple black heels to finish off the looks.  The dramatic red lipstick, which many models are sporting on the catwalks this year, finished off the looks perfectly.

When asked who the collection was for, Rihanna said “The girl that would wear this is full of personality, full of sass, but just loves fashion – most of all, they love fashion.  They want to express themselves through what they wear and that’s what I like to do.”

The collection goes live online and in River Island stores from 5th March.   I’m sure we will all be checking them out.

By Lorna Wadman

Lennon Courtney – New Fashion Line from Off the Rails Stars

The Style was delighted to learn of the upcoming collection from RTE Off the Rails stars Sonya Lennon and Brendan Courtney (MC of last year’s GTI Fashion Fiesta). You can never have enough home grown talent!


The fashion line titled Lennon Courtney will launch its first collection on February 19thnationwide, with the full 32 piece collection exclusively stocked in Arnotts, Dublin.

Prices range from €54 to €389 with items including classic shirts, pencil skirts, cashmere boyfriend jumpers and simple shift dresses.


Here is a sneak peek at some of our favourite pieces from the Spring/Summer collection. .


To find out more information about the brand and to check out the full collection, check out their website

By Labhaoise Kennedy

From GTI to the ‘Oscars’

Laura-Jayne Halton was a Design FETAC Level 6 student in Galway Technical Institute in 201o/2011.  She was featured in the GTI’s Fashion Fiesta 2012 as an up and coming past pupil designer. This year she has surpassed all expectations by designing a dress for an Academy Award Nominee.  Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly is nominated for her Short Animation Film called ‘Head Over Heels’ and Laura-Jayne has the amazing task of designing her gown for the event.

Laura-Jayne heard Fodhla hadn’t decided on a designer for the event so on a whim she sent her an email congratulating her and sent along her ‘look book’.  Then to her surprise she received a reply saying that Fodhla loved her work and could she do a few sketches?  Laura-Jayne sent off her sketches and got a fantastic reply, ‘These are exquisite and we’d be delighted to have you as the designer’, says Selina Mills, Fodhla’s stylist.

When Laura-Jayne had been asked about the details of her design she is quoted saying, “We discussed it and she’d (Fodhla) like to keep a little bit of suspense and mystery about it.  It’s such a brilliant occasion so we’ll make the most out of it and it is nice to get a surprise. As I said to John (on the John Murray RTE Radio Show), it’s very classic and feminine, it’s an approach I take with all of my designs and it suits her down to a T, well hopefully!”

While on the John Murray RTE Show, Laura-Jayne had another turn of good luck.  James Murphy, CEO of Lifes2Good rang the Murray show and offered to fly Laura-Jayne out to LA to personally fit the dress on Cronin O’Reilly.  Halton is flying out a few days before the event to absorb the atmosphere and make the final touches to the gown.

Stay in touch with for more details of Laura-Jayne’s exciting adventure post Oscar’s!!!

By Carol Walsh


Dressing Lady Gaga and Kate Moss has become part of the days work for young Irish Designer Sorcha O Raghallaigh. Sorcha studied at GTI before moving to London to further her studies and says of her time at GTI ‘It was a crucial foundation for my future education and career. In my time at GTI I learned how to push existing skills and explore many mediums to develop new skills, which were vital in forming a strong portfolio. I really expanded my creative ability in that time and progressed essential skills in drawing and presentation which have been invaluable throughout my further education and career’. Based in Homerton, East London, Religious iconography is a recurring fascination and inspiration for Sorcha. She uses layering, embellishment, lace and crochet in her work to amazing effect. Of her designs she says ’I am drawn to the idea of religious celebration and ritual, like the Mexican Day of the Dead, probably because of my upbringing. My parents weren’t particularly religious but my grandmother was obsessed with it and I think I have an appreciation aesthetically of it and how people can be consumed by it’

Early in 2012, Sorcha was chosen by Selfridges to participate in their ‘Bright Young Things’ Project and is the first Irish designer to have an entire window on London’s Oxford Street dedicated to her.  She created a stunning window installation with a three metre high mannequin in a blood red dress and a heavily embellished mask ‘to make it look a bit creepy’. The talented young designers complete Spring / Summer 2012 collection was snapped up by Selfridges and sold within a pop-up shop in the store and online. Sorcha has also collaborated on prestigious projects with BT in Dublin in 2012. She produces a collection each season and her pieces  feature regularly in top Fashion Titles including British Vogue, i-D, LOVE Magazine and In Style.

LOVE Magazine is arguably the most prestigious high-end magazine available on magazine stands, attracting world class contributors to its fashion forward pages. Edited by Katie Grand, herself a renowned stylist with a visionary approach to creative imaging and a reputation for discovering the brightest shining stars of the future, LOVE is the high-end publication for those who know their fashion. In a sublime Photo Shoot for the title, Kate Moss is photographed by international Fashion Photographer Tim Walker wearing one of Sorchas glorious designs. This must be any young designers wish crystellised and reflects the regard and admiration with which Sorchas work is held within the Industry. Also in 2012, Lady GAGA guested on The Graham Norton show appearing in an incredible creative creation by Sorcha. Lady Gaga didn’t forget to mention the designers name on the show, a mark of the esteem Gaga has for the young Irish Designer. Sorcha continues to make pieces for the singer. ’I get a call about once a month and I make a lot of stuff, not all of which is worn, but it pays the rent and it’s fun and intense’ she smiles. Not many can claim to pay the bills with the help of a cheque from Lady Gaga!! Sorcha is a rising star in Fashion and is fast gaining an international reputation as an outstanding creative talent. Her light is burning brightly. And it all started here in Galway at GTI.

By Orla Moore

Elle Magazine Cover Shoot with Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham is looking as stunning as usual on the upcoming March cover for Elle Magazine. This is not Posh’ first cover for Elle but as this is the magazine’s new look relaunch we think that this is a hot gig to land.  Shot by photographer Carter Smith, VB stars on the cover wearing a new season leather jacket and lace bodysuit by Burberry.

The interview with Victoria for the issue is set to provide a rare insight into 48 hours with the high flying fashion designer and with her upcoming show at New York Fashion Week next month, moving to the UK and her new website launch, this is an interview we are dying to read.

The March issue of the new look Elle Magazine is due to hit our newsagents here on Wednesday 30 January.

By Anne Marie Hora

Who Wore Alexander McQueen Best…

The cream of the crop of British talent gathered at the O2 Arena in London to celebrate the 2013 Television Awards.‘Coronation Street’ stars Kim Marsh and Natalie Gumede clearly had the same glamorous vision in mind when they selected to wear this Alexander McQueen Resort 2013 gown.

Thankfully for Kim and Natalie, it was a case of same dress, different colour!!!

Emily’s version not only stands out because she selected a vibrant orange colour, but her gown also has a multi-coloured crystal-accented neckline.
Natalie was both stylish and warm having added a white fur stole to her look, amping up the glamour with a complimentary silver sparkling clutch.
Who do you think wore Alexander McQueen best this year?

By Catherine Burke


Neon is a massive trend this Spring / Summer 2013 and we here at The Style are loving it!!

Check out our selection of OH SO STYLISH neon pieces that can be incorporated into any wardrobe.

These eye popping colours are sure to brighten up our January blues!

Jumper- Topshop

Bag- River Island

Trousers – Topshop

Earrings -Asos

Shorts – Topshop

Skirt – Topshop

By Labhaoise Kennedy