Mary Lawler

Mary Lawler

The art of applying design, aesthetics, garment construction, and the natural beauty of clothes and their accessories is known as fashion design. Culture and different trends have influenced it, and it has changed over time and place. As a fashion designer, I not only reflect on the era of culture, but I help to shape it too. As a designer, I have the freedom to express myself through clothing and accessories by telling my client’s stories. My passion is creating beautiful wedding dresses, which is always a happy occasion. I am an innovative, creative, curious, artistic, intelligent, stylish, and demanding individual who observes fashion trends to develop the latest fashion statements.

To me, fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street. Fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, and what is happening. Fashion is all about the play on proportions and unexpected pairing of textures and patterns. Fashion is more than what you wear. It’s an expression of personal taste, cultural norms, and social history. I have run my own business for many years producing fashion collections and working only with private clients. I have worked in theatre costume design at the Gate Theatre, on film sets, and with a burlesque dance company in Sydney. 

I became a teacher by accident, substituting for a teacher who was on sick leave, but this changed my life path as I fell in love with teaching visual arts. I worked as a Visual Arts teacher for six years in Switzerland and trained at the Rudolf Steiner school in Basel. After some life changes, I ended up back in Ireland, and even though I still designed clothes, I set about getting a Professional Master’s in Art and Design Education. This meant that I had to get a bachelor’s first, so I spent three wonderful years at Maynooth University to earn my Early Childhood Education bachelor’s. I then stepped to NCAD and started a PME.

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