Caroline Mitchell knitwear designer is one of the finalists in the 2016 Irish Fashion Innovation Awards.
“I’m from Limerick and a fashion graduate of Limerick School of Art and Design. I fell into a job designing mens’ knitwear after college and got hooked. I started my own knitwear label in 1996 and, after several years of wholesaling to shops like Carraig Donn/Kilkenny Shop and independant boutiques, I decided to change it all and go more upmarket.
“I now do mostly bespoke – special occasion, mother of the bride, bidal etc but also stock several shops like Marion Cuddy in Powerscourt Townhouse Centre. My knitwear is cut-and-sew and I love to embellish with hand beading or crochet details. I like to chop pieces up and re-assemble them in different ways, or just do something really simple with an interesting detail. All my knitwear is designed and made in Limerick.”
Limerick School of Art and Design is also a finalist at the awards, in the student design category which sees fashion colleges compete against each other.
The Fashion Innovation Awards, a highlight of Galway Fashion Week, take place Thursday, March 10 at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Galway. Up-and-coming and established talents will compete for five awards in millinery, jewellery, accessory and student design along with the top title of Fashion Designer of the Year.
Visit www.carolinemitchellknitwear.com to see more of Caroline’s work.
By Olivia O’Sullivan
This article appeared in the Limerick Post 12th March 2016