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For Autumn Winter 2012 Claire O’Connor is a powerful exponent of the principle of “the art that disguises art.” Her vision is of the female form divine. The wearer comes first, but she appears in Claire’s hands to be lit from within. Claire is a fashion practitioner – But her passion for and study of the structure of any given garment through careful and complex pattern cutting, is now the very thing that gives her freedom. What Lies Beneath might well be her modus operandi. On the exterior Claire’s designs appear to flow with the body giving it a sublimely shapely form. The outward drape and colour conceal a masterly structure, over which the seemingly effortless flow takes place. Every single piece is planned and executed with a scientific precision. Constance Harris, Fashion Editor of the Sunday Independent once noted ´´Claire O’Connor is doing things that have been done in the great couture houses for many decades and she doesn’t even know the name of the techniques, but to achieve the effects she wants, she has worked her way towards them.´´ In other words before she is a designer- or an artist – she is a great craftsperson. Never stopping until the structure is correct. As she develops as a designer, all her craftsmanship is for one purpose – to make the result look effortless, desirable, exciting and above all wearable. In this collection, the outward drape (sometimes bias, sometimes straight) is, on occasion controlled by careful panelling, other times by extreme fabric contrasts - even by embellishment. At all times there is a powerful hidden structure which comes from her superb understanding of the art of pattern cutting. Like a painter, her command of the figurative – at which she is always learning – allows her huge freedom to explore. Claire O’Connor never ceases to push the boundaries of fashion. But it is her craft – and her respect for the craft - which allows her to do so.
About the Designer
Claire is based in N/A.
Having been lauded First Lady Michelle Obama, Claire O’Connor is a rising star of Irish fashion, having graduated from The Grafton Academy. On a talent spotting trip to Ireland, Elle Canada named her along with established designers Philip Treacy and John Rocha as Irelands best. Shortly after In 2011 Claire was selected to present a full catwalk show at Vancouver fashion week.
Ireland's top TV personalities and celebrities are all fans of Claire O’Connor and she also dressed Irelands entry for the Eurovision final in Oslo in 2010. claire travels regularly to New York and had worke with some of the citise leading stylists and photographers.
Claire O’Connor signature is a romantic expressionism which is founded on a very disciplined structure which celebrates the female form. She is a past master at cutting on the bias and is committed to print which is always at the core of her collections. She mixes textures like leather and chiffon. The wearer of a Claire O’Connor will need little in the line of accessories. The Claire O’Connor woman is her own woman, mistress of her own destiny. Highly individualistic and non conformist. Not a fashion victim or slave but has a finely tuned sense of the aesthetic. Loves beauty and craftsmanship. Loves clothes which emphasise the feminine form but which make a strong statement. She is not a shrinking violet. She sees clothes as a form of self expression and what she likes to express is joy in life. Likes people to notice her and admire her. Utterly confident!