Alison Conneely returns to her Connemara roots to inspire and inform a mythical apparel vision.
'Future lines, sculpted from the lifelines of the ancient past'
We design and produce handcrafted contemporary century clothing. Luxury capes, dresses, clokes and headwear. Our practice is rooted in the rich textile tradition of Ireland's dramatic Atlantic coast, and our design philosophy is imagined through a delicate modernist lense.
'Fine lines, metamorphic contours, mellow tones with shades of iridescent'
Many of the fabrics are hand dyed locally on the Ardbear Peninsula, from rock moss, gorse, and seasonal heather blooms. A selection of our head-wear are woven from organic wool on our family farm. The flora and fauna of Connemara’s botanical wonderland inspires the template of our unique artisan tailoring methods.
Alison’s collection 'An Aillwee Tale', launching on the 1st of May 2018, is inspired by the glaciated Karst landscape of The Burren, overlooking the Atlantic coastline. 350 million years of geological evolution with Alpine, Arctic and Mediterranean flora and fauna. Alliwee is the cave name found beneath the rock mountain. It is from the channelled limestone layers, and stalagmite formations, that this collection derives its ancient panels, and contoured borders from.
The color template bids homage to this barren moon terrain, though sparse it nestles living gems between the crevices - shale grey, rock pool silver silk, bog cotton white, fauna speckled tweed, wild valerian red and blackthorn linen silhouettes. Wear softly all these hidden gems.
We welcome you to our studio & showroom on Dublin’s iconic Stephen’s Green. Browse through our extensive collection of day-wear, evening-wear, event, ceremony & occasion-wear. Talk with us about our bespoke service, and experience the most beautiful fabrics from the finest artisan mills in the world. Share your ideas & your vision and together we will work to create the perfect piece for you.
Alison Conneely is a creative director, designer and stylist from the Ardbear Peninsula on Ireland’s atlantic coastline. In 2016 Alison was chosen as Irish design representative by the National of Museum of Ireland for the 1916 centenary commemorations. Her show 'The Shuttle Hive: A Century of Rising Threads', a commemorative design collection, explored through the lens of the modernist movement, the agency of revolt and myth, as identity paradigm for Irish women. She is a recipient of the DCCoI Future Makers Award. Living in Ireland with her partner Emmet she divides her time, between her Dublin studio and Connemara Farm.