Perfect 10: Irish innovators showcase work at fashion gala

Awards: Carlha Linares (right) wears a tulle gown by Sarah Murphy, and Simona Va wears a hand-crafted blue felted wool sweater and felted linen dress by Alla for the launch of The Irish Fashion Innovation Awards. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

The Irish Fashion Innovation (IFI) Awards celebrate their 10th anniversary next month with a gala show featuring exciting home-grown talent across fashion, millinery, jewellery and accessories.

The Perfect 10 finale – which is taking place on March 14 in Galway – is dedicated to showcasing special pieces from 10 of Ireland’s leading designers, many of whom are former winners of IFI Awards.

Past winners include Sarah Murphy, from Co Wicklow, who claimed two awards at the IFI last year, including the coveted Designer of the Year award, and whose tulle gown was a crowd pleaser at the launch.

The Perfect 10 include Katie O’Riordan (Theo+George); Leonora Ferguson, a milliner and textile designer who has worked on ‘Game Of Thrones’; Niamh O’Neill, a former winner in the fashion category; goldsmith Helena Malone; and Carla Johnson of Mona Swims, whose work featured at New York Fashion Week in 2018.