Thursday, July 21, 2011

Mumm's the Word

Champagne for everyone: 1. Eilis Wash & Margaret O'Rourke; 2. Katherine Drohan & Scott Burnett; 3. Maria Cassidy & Steven Pierce. (Pix. Brian McEvoy Photography)

Some of the hottest names in Irish fashion, photography and architecture turned out for the launch of the G.H. Mumm Champagne fashion photography exhibition, entitled ‘Common Ground: A G.H. Mumm Exhibition, Twisting Conventions in Fashion & Architecture’.

The French champagne house, famous for its red ribbon, commissioned stylist Aisling Farinella and photographer Rich Gilligan to produce the exhibit. The aim was to create a stunning fashion photographic exhibition that twists convention and links fashion with architecture and the results were stunning.

For the exhibition Aisling took the work of six prominent Irish fashion designers, Una Burke, Simone Rocha, Eilis Boyle, Eme Vandal, Joanne Hynes and Tim Ryan and found a range of buildings and inspiring architectural spaces that relate to their work visually and conceptually. The result is a beautifully crafted exhibition which brings to light the parallels between the two art forms.

The launch took place with a Champagne Mumm reception in the blank canvas that is No.28 South William Street and attendees included Irish fashion designers Joanne Hynes and Eilis Boyle, photographer Cliona O’Flaherty, stylist Alison Conneely and journalist and author Amanda Brunker.