Fashion Flashback Competition

For this year’s competition we are challenging schools to design and make a fashion piece inspired by the theme of the museum – Life in Rural Ireland.

We all know that designers look to the past for inspiration. The challenge for a designer is to give their designs a modern twist. The NMI - Country Life is home to the National Folklife Collection. Visitors have a unique opportunity to see how the people of rural Ireland lived in the hundred years between the Great Famine and the end of the 1950s. Communities relied on the natural resources available in their area for self-sufficiency and survival.

Competition Guidelines

  • All entries will be judged on the following criteria:
  • Research – original sketching/storyboard or ideas.
  • A written description outlining how your entry is inspired by life in rural Ireland (Max 100 words).
  • Both individual entries and group entries will be accepted.
  • Museum will not be liable for loss of or damage to entries, however caused.
  • A selection of entries will be displayed online.

How to enter

Email a photograph of your piece to

Images attached must be no larger than 2MB.

Email must include the following:

  • Dimensions of piece
  • Students name
  • Age
  • School
  • Class
  • Teacher
  • Contact details
  • Written description as above (Max 100 words)

Entries will have to illustrate how their work relates to the museum’s collection. Maybe your starting point could be an object on display for example a tweed jacket, a strawboy’s hat, a lobster pot, a butter churn to name a few. Or maybe you will take inspiration from the natural materials used long ago… straw, rushes, wool, stone etc.

Winning entry will go on display in the galleries at the museum. Entries will be accepted until Friday 8th February 2013. Entries that get through to second round will be asked to bring their pieces to the museum.

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