A Donegal designer whose work is on exhibit at Showcase 2018 will be featured on RTE’s Nationwide.
Bernie Murphy is one of the many talented makers and designers attending Showcase – Ireland’s Creative Expo in Dublin this week.
Bernie’s stall has been catching the eye of visitors as it is placed in a prime location at the entrance of the RDS. She has her debut Homeland collection on display along with a new linen shirt range and quilted tweed bombers.
Cameras will be zooming in on Bernie’s stand in tonight’s (Monday) episode of Nationwide on RTE.
“It’s been inundated with people interested in my work,” Bernie told Donegal Woman. “People have been asking me where I’ve been before and I’ve been telling my story.”
Donegal and its textile history is weaved through Bernie’s story. She is a former Fruit of the Loom garment technologist who went on to study in textiles before setting up her own label.
Bernie’s vibrant Donegal tweed and yarn pieces are described as an ‘expression of luxury and style in contemporary Irish fashion’. Donegal’s natural landscape has inspired the colours and shapes of the scarves, collars, capes, tunics, trousers skirts and hats.
Bernie Murphy designs are being featured in a twice daily fashion show, called MADE/Slow, which highlights the power innovative design and traditional crafts in a world of fast fashion.
There are seven Donegal producers out of 16 exhibitors in the MADE/Slow presentation which includes Áine, Aran Woollen Mills, Avoca, Bernie Murphy, Celtic Tweeds, Elaine Madigan, Ireland’s Eye Knitwear, Fisherman Out of Ireland and Triona, with brands including Magee 1866, Avoca, Fisherman out of Ireland, Celtic Tweeds, Ireland’s Eye Knitwear and Studio Donegal.
Bernie launched her brand on her 51st birthday last year, and counts this event as a wonderful opportunity to get showcasing her work.
She was Highly Commended in the show and is looking forward to gaining more recognition for her emerging brand tonight on Nationwide.
The Bernie Murphy brand is set for more growth and celebration of Irish-made fashion in 2018. After this event, the Buncrana studio beckons Bernie once more as she gets creating to meeting buyers’ demands following this Showcase success.
Tune into RTE One at 7pm to see Nationwide.