Fash­ion For­ward Deirdre McQuil­lan and Do­minique McMul­lan’s fash­ion news


This lovely cowl neck­piece called “The Ris­ing Sun” in black, white and yel­low is by wizard weaver NCAD grad­u­ate Deirdre Duffy, who launched her Wild Co­coon la­bel a year ago at Show­case.

“My ap­proach to weav­ing is some­what wild – I fight against straight lines and I ab­so­lutely love colour and flu­id­ity,” says the Mayo na­tive, who has a string of awards to her name in­clud­ing an RDS gold medal in ta­pes­try weav­ing. More re­cently she was voted Ac­ces­sory De­signer of the Year as well as win­ning the over­all award at the Fash­ion In­no­va­tion Awards this year.

Duffy is based in a stu­dio in Clare­mor­ris over one of Ire­land’s old­est shops, one that has re­mained in the same fam­ily since 1820.

Her Wild Co­coon scarves, blan­kets and cowls sell in Granny’s Bot­tom Drawer in Kin­sale; Cleo in Dublin; Kilkenny De­sign Cen­tre in Kilkenny; Cait & I in Sligo; Ash­ford Cas­tle, Co Mayo and Wel­come Cen­tre in Queen’s Belfast. Prices from ¤ 95 for the cowl, scarves ¤ 210, over­size ¤ 300 and blan­kets ¤ 325. – DMcQ

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