THE HERSTORY FASHION PROJECT AIMS TO DEMONSTRATE HOW FASHION CAN BE AN EMPOWERING STORYTELLING MEDIUM TO CHALLENGE HOW WOMEN ARE OFTEN REDUCED TO THEIR IMAGE AND APPEARANCE. 

The 1916 Rising – originally a socialist and feminist movement
as well as a nationalist project – remains unfinished for women in Ireland.
— In the Shadows of the State

how DO you desigN a garment that tells THE real AND COMPLETE story of A womAn, EXPRESSING her background, goals, beliefs and HER visual aesthetic?
 

Who was she? where did she came from? what were her beliefs? Did she have brothers or sisters? what did they do? what did she become? what did she achieve or why didn’t she achieve it? did she marry? did she not? did she have children? 

If she was alive today what would she have achieved?


THIS COURSE COMBINES CLASSROOM TUITION WITH the following PRACTICAL ASSIGNMENTS:

•How to investigate her story.
•How to read her story and break it down into what you want  the audience to know about her.
•How to construct an aesthetically designed picture book that  narrates her story.
•How to design a garment that has to be worn as an artistic  expression of the information gathered.

•To learn that the magic of new ideas lie within your imagination. 

 

WHO TEACHES THE WORKSHOP?

Fashion Designer Andrea Cullen will tutor the 13 week workshop which will run over 25 weeks. During the course of the workshop there will be additional guest tutors including graphic designer Arlene Bourke and fashion designer / Stylist Megan Browne.

 

HOW MUCH DOES THE WORKSHOP COST?

The workshop is partly funded by the Westmeath County Council 1916/2016 centenary commemoration grant.

Contribution towards the workshop would be greatly appreciated in making it a complete success. Click here.

 

WORKSHOP BRIEF:

Click here to download the workshop brief (PDF).


The Herstory fashion workshop was inspired by the Heart of Ireland Festival 2015 workshop entitled Fashion through the ages which ran in partnership with Active Retirement Ireland.