Stitches in Time

Fashion inspired by the Museum’s award-winning exhibition ‘Soldiers & Chiefs’

Temporary Exhibition Temporary Exhibition

1st August – 26th October 2014

Dress designs inspired by gas-masks, 18th century soldier’s helmets, rifles and a WWI parachute are among a dozen truly amazing garments on display in this exhibition at Collins Barracks.

Dress by Kate Spillane
  Dress inspired by WWI parachutes and soldiers’ webbing by Kate Spillane

The 12 garments, inspired by the Museum’s award-winning exhibition, ‘Soldiers & Chiefs’, were designed and made by second year students of the BA (Hons) in Fashion Design at Limerick School of Art & Design at the Limerick Institute of Technology (LSAD-LIT).

Dress by Megan Harley Peters
  Dress inspired by 18th century soldier’s helmet by Megan Harley Peters

Students and tutors visited Collins Barracks earlier this year to research the ‘Soldiers & Chiefs’ exhibition and also got to explore uniforms and related artefacts from the Museum’s Handling Collection.

Dress by Aoife Eustace Doyle

                    Dress inspired by a Gas Mask by Aoife Eustace Doyle

The students used photographs, drawings and notes from their research visit to design and create a garment based on one of four themes:

• The Wild Geese – those Irish soldiers who fought in foreign armies, such as the French, Spanish and Austrian armies from the 16th to 19th centuries

• World Wars I and II

• The Irish Defence Force

For more information about this project contact Helen Beaumont, Education & Outreach Officer, National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History.

Limerick school of art and design