This week for NineCrowsxSpotlight we met up with Aideen Gaynor, the NCAD graduate who's final collection had us from hello. This talented beauty lets us in on secrets about her designs and future.

Describe your style in three words.
quasi sixties schoolboy

Does your recent grad collection reflect your personal style?
Generally I like to wear layers, so this could perhaps have been a subconscious influence when designing the collection. However most of the silhouette and colour story is mainly derivative of my research.

All of us here in NCHQ were swooning over the collection, where did you find your inspiration?
My collection was influenced by the 1985 novel Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Japanese author Haruki Murakami. He writes about the conscious and subconscious as two separate worlds colliding and I used this in the context where childhood memories are used as a route of escapism for adults. I mediated this through representations of the Victorian mother and child and used the corset and the Hidden Victorian Mothers as my main source of research for the collection.

Whats lies ahead for Aideen Gaynor?
I’ll be showcasing my work in this years Brown Thomas Create, which will be on display on the shop floor for the month of July and after that I’ll be bringing my collection to Milan in September as one of the 25 finalists in the Mittelmoda competition which should be pretty exciting. In between that I’ll be working on costume on a new tv series here to save up to go to New York this January and hopefully find a paid design job.

You were at Body&Soul this weekend, whats your TOP festi tip for our reading heading to EP this year?
Never think its a good idea to leave the wellies at home. Soundtrack to your summer. lots of the Doors, Iggy Pop, recently back listening to Devendra Banhart and the new Radiohead album of course.

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