Monday, December 8, 2014

alice halliday.

When my store was open on Washington Street just a few weeks, a girl called Alice Halliday came in one afternoon to show me her beautiful handmade accessories and asked if she could sell them in my shop. I had a quick look at all the pieces she brought in with her and without much thought at all I said yes. They were beautiful, feminine pieces that I was proud to sell in my store. Little did I know then that she would become one of my dear friends, a girl that I would look up to and be inspired by and a mother I would meet with so our children could play with each other a whole four years later. 
Alice is a truly talented designer so let's hear a little bit more about her.


So Alice, tell my readers a little bit about your background...

I come from a very creative family of artists and seamstresses. Dress making skills were passed down to me through my granny and my mother. I was nine years old when I decided I wanted to be a fashion designer. I started drawing figures and making cut out dolls with my auntie. I've always adored dressing up, I would style my sister and our friends and hold fashion shows for my parents.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

My work is often influenced by my childhood. 'The Sound of Music' – my fav childhood film, was hugely inspiring to me. I've lived in the beautiful countryside of West Cork nearly all my life and spent a lot of time outdoors, going off on adventures through meadows, visiting the magnificent beaches and magical woodlands with my family. Nature has always played a big part in inspiring my work. I've always been inspired by fairies, particularly Cicely Mary Barker's Flower Fairy illustrations, and the beautiful work of Harry Clarke and Alfonse Mucha have also influenced my designs. Religious iconography, the Ballet Russes costumes and the fashions of the 1920s and 1970s are some of my ongoing sources of inspiration.
Photos by Kate Bean Photography

What have been the big moments in your career so far? 
I graduated from UCA Epsom in 2010 with a 2:1 BA Hons in Fashion Design. A piece from my graduate collection went on to be worn by Florence Welch while she was on tour in Australia and the US. She first wore my white lace cape on stage at The Splendour in the Grass Festival in Queensland, which resulted in a feature on VOGUE.com! I still can't believe how lucky I was! It is my proudest achievement as a designer, such a brilliant kickstart for my career. 
I won 'Cork Fashion Week designer of the year' in 2011 which was such a huge honor. It was a great platform for me to showcase my work and increase my profile. I received lots of publicity and made some great contacts, for which I am so grateful. It really gave me the encouragement and confidence to keep going with what I'm doing.
What are your plans for the future?
For the future, I am embarking on my first bridal collection, so that's exciting. I have an amazing archive of stunning pieces of vintage lace, kindly given to me by friends and family, it's all so inspiring. I can't wait to get stuck in.
Also expect my Etsy shop to fill up with my pretty floaty scarf tops for next Spring Summer as I have a collection of vintage scarves just waiting to be transformed! They are a wardrobe staple, each one is unique and they are so versatile.
Lastly, I know my favourite pieces in your store, this dress is definitely number one but what are yours?
If I had to choose it would be this 70's inspired pinafore dress and this 60's style mini dress.

You can follow Alice on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and visit her online shop here or pop into Atelier 27 in Dublin where some of her pieces are stocked.

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