Metro was delighted recently to work with Irish fashion designer Sarah O’Neill on her graduation collection entitled ‘Shadows of Danu’. Using a pagan theme as the inspiration for her final clothing collection, Sarah produced five pieces including a beautiful dress made from a unique crêpe de chine fabric printed on our Direct to Media printer
With over 3,000 pagans in Ireland practicing a variety of different strands of paganism, many aspects of Irish lifestyle are influenced including weddings, art and fashion. The largest and most popular strand is witchcraft or, as its followers call it, Wicca. 'Danu' is the Irish Goddess still worshipped in the Wicca community, there in lies the concept for ‘Shadows of Danu’.
Sarah chose an evocative meadow image by photographer and Metro’s own Director Steve Macleod using the direct to media printer to imprint the image directly on to the delicate fabric. She commented "I chose this landscape image by Steve Macleod as I wanted to create the effect of the pieces emerging from the earth, reflecting the relationship pagan's have with their natural surroundings and instilling it's significance. I was delighted with the final result, when I took the fabric out of the packaging it was exactly how I envisioned it to be and I was very impressed with the quality of the print on the fabric.”
Sarah starts a four-year fashion design degree course at Limerick School of Art and Design, Ireland in September where she is hoping to develop her style and brand whilst keeping up to date with the new techniques in the fashion industry. She is keen to intern for luxury women's wear designers in her spare time whilst also working on her own glove line 'Make Gloves not War' which she hopes to launch in the very near future.