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Kildare Village Announces a Racing Colours Competition In Collaboration with The Curragh

May 18, 2017

Kildare Village is delighted to announce the launch of the Kildare Village Racing Colours Competition, an exciting national design competition for degree-level fashion students. The activity marks a new collaboration with The Curragh to announce the 2017 Summer Racing Season. 

The competition sets the brief for undergraduate and recent graduate fashion design students from NCAD, LSAD, Griffith College and Ulster University to create a contemporary interpretation of the international Racing Colours jacket, an iconic element of the Jockey Silks attire worn during racing events. 

The finalists will be selected by a high-profile judging panel including Irish designer Richard Malone and International Brand Consultant Paula Reed, along with international fashion media and horse racing industry representatives.

The finalists’ designs will go on display at Kildare Village from mid- May, with the winner selected in advance of the Curragh’s Classic Summer Racing Season which kicks off with the Tattersalls Irish Guineas Festival on 27th & 28th May. During the Racing Colours installation at Kildare Village, guests will be invited to post images of their favourite design on social media for a chance to win tickets to attend the Curragh’s Summer Racing Season. 

Competition judge and Wexford-born Richard Malone is a womenswear designer based in London and will provide the winning student with an internship in his London studio. Richard’s collections are shown at London Fashion Week and is he known for his innovative cutting and fiercely independent vision. His collections are housed in some of the world’s leading luxury stores. Malone was nominated for both the LVMH prize and Design of the Year with the Design Museum this year, and has received support from the British Fashion Councils prestigious NewGEN scheme. Malone has been celebrated by international press including Vogue US, Vogue UK, Vogue Paris, The Guardian, The Independent, The New York Times, LOVE, Dazed, Pop, i-D and many more. 

As part of this exclusive prize Kildare Village will also award a fund of €2,000 towards the student’s internship, enabling them to benefit fully from a unique opportunity to benefit from crucial international industry experience and launch their future careers. 

The Kildare Village Racing Colours Competition is a part of the innovative programme ‘From The Isle’, which was launched in 2016 to support Irish fashion, design and culture. Another strand to this initiative is the Kildare Village Fashion Bursary, which outlines the commitment of Kildare Village to engage with the Irish fashion industry and education as a key supporter of emerging talent. The Kildare Village Fashion Bursary supports an Irish student to complete an MA at the prestigious Royal College of Art in London, providing a unique and important opportunity for Irish talent to excel on an international platform.

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