Co Derry graduate selected for Global Design Graduate Show with Gucci
A Co Derry graduate has been selected for the 2021 Global Design Graduate Show, in collaboration with Gucci.
Conor McLaughlin, 23, of Limavady studied an art and design foundation at North West Regional College in Limavady before earning a fashion design and marketing degree at the University of Northumbria, spending a year of his degree interning at MCQ, Alexander McQueen.
Conor’s talent was recognized as he competed against more than 5,000 students to make this year’s finalist list Global Design Graduates Fair.
Conor spoke to MyDerry about what this means to him. He said: “I remember always having pretty strong opinions about what I liked to wear and what I didn’t like.
“I think growing up where I did, wanting to be a ‘fashion designer’ is synonymous with catwalks and reading Vogue. I’m not so much interested in the catwalks as in the technical aspect of certain materials or clothing, especially in men’s fashion. “
During an internship at MCQ, Alexander McQueen, Conor got his first real glimpse of this rapidly changing environment. He said: “Working at McQueen and even living in London, I learned a lot about the industry.
“I guess the job title of ‘intern’ goes hand in hand with the weird coffee race, but I really have to get my hands dirty. The atmosphere was constantly so exciting and I kept thinking, how did i get here
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“I still can’t figure out how I reached the top 22 in the Graduate Show men’s clothing category! It’s so gratifying to see my work recognized in this global show after working so hard on this project. an incredible end to the last four years of study and I am so grateful! “
Due to Covid constraints, Conor focused his Graduate Show pieces on the digital aspect of design.
He said: “I wanted to create a space to bridge the gap between a virtual world and our own, where music and fashion can come together in new and innovative ways.
“I think, especially after last year, we all crave the sense of community, energy and embodiment that music and fashion can provide.”
Conor explained how the local community reacted to his success in fashion and design. He said: “The support has been amazing!
“I guess in this industry the more people there are who know who you are the better your prospects are, so the idea of people caring enough to take a few minutes out of their day to help me is so heartwarming and I am. very grateful.”
As Conor uses his time to gain experience, connections and expertise, he hopes to someday own a men’s lifestyle brand.
You can see Conor’s Graduate Show project and vote here.
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