Sheer Magic at Irish Fashion Innovation Awards from Love,Joules

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I hope you will forgive me the terrible pun, but I couldn’t help myself.

Last Thursday I attended my very first Irish Fashion Innovation Awards and I was beside myself with excitement. The standard was of both the production and fashion was so high and I really enjoyed the night! When I was going through the photos I took, I was thinking I couldn’t possibly narrow it down to a reasonable selection – I loved so many things on the catwalk! Then I noticed just how many designs that caught my eye were of the sheer material! Lightbulb moment and here we are, my favourite sheer items from IFIA Catwalk by wonderful Irish designers.


Roisín Bowling, Student Designer, Griffith College.  

Such harmony of interesting layers and textures! Sexy and classy, girly and edgy.

Katleen Amazonas, Student Designer,  St. Angela’s College Sligo

When the model first walked onto the catwalk we saw a short dress with exaggerated peplum. Then down came the sheer overlay, drawing gasps from the audience.


Emma Ward, Ones to Watch LSAD Graduate

Sign me up because I would wear this tomorrow. Button up collars will never not be chic to me and just look at that flowing fabric!



Sarah Murphy, Ones to Watch

Griffith College Graduate, A/W16 Knitwear Collection

I almost let out a little cry upon seeing this collection. Sarah is inspired by the Fe in Irish mythology and her designs are spellbinding. By using Aran stitches and exploring traditional Irish knitwear and combining it with her vision, she breathes new life to Irish heritage.



Chloe Dougan, Ones to Watch, Bespoke Label from Belfast

How bold, how beautiful. Chloe takes sheer to the next level of wow.


Rebecca Marsden, Special Guest,

Irish Fashion Designer of the Year 2014 & IFIA Overall Winner 2014

This was the show-stopping collection finale. Rebecca pushes the boundaries of fabric manipulation and draws inspiration from her surroundings.

This collection reminded me of the deep sea and I loved it.



Recreate the looks with high street fashion

Sheer material is also huge on high street now. Seen as a top over cute bralettes, dresses that slip over your top and jeans or as dresses and kimonos. If the Irish weather lets you down, just throw over a biker jacket and you’re good to go.

ASOS Dress

TopShop Overlay Body

Zara Long Sheer T-shirt

Pretty Little Thing Maxi Playsuit

New Look Slip Dress

Pretty Little Thing Frill Dress


New Look Skirt

River Island Kimono

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