Sarah is a 21 year old from Dungarvan. She is currently in her final year of a BA in Fashion Design in Limerick School of Art and Design, where she is a star performer in a dazzling collective of queer preformers and artists in the Haus of Sídhe.(@hausofsidhe, @sarahtitzgerald)
When did you first discover your love for fashion?
A fashion designer has been my dream job since I was like 6. I used to sew and crochet clothes for my Bratz dolls when I was younger and fill up sketchbooks with designs. I think in secondary school I briefly tried to want to do medicine or something, I was scared of having no money (LOL) but I always come back to this. To be honest, I don’t think I could be doing anything else.
What was the first piece you made?
The first garment I ever made was probably something for a doll. Maybe a wedding dress or something. The first garment I made was probably a fail too. I had a lot of big fails before I learned how to sew properly. The first life-size garment that I can remember making was a long sleeved white lace top that I crocheted. Before I could sew I crocheted, I liked finishing things nicely.
Who would you say are your biggest inspirations?
I keep a list of my biggest inspirations in my notes app so I never forget. I’m always adding people. I’m inspired by club nights and dance music (shoutout to my Haus of Sídhe sisters) and bad b****** shaking booty. Inspiration for making clothes for me is all about who I see wearing them. I love people who own themselves and their bodies. Fashion designers that I love right now are Mugler, Gaultier, Dipetsa, Charlotte Knowles. And loads more. I love designers that are a bit scandalous
Has there been any challenges or problems you have faced?
Learning how to deal with chronic illness and finishing a fashion degree is interesting. The pandemic has completely changed how we do our course. It’s funny, I thought being sick this year would make college harder, but accessibility to my course has completely changed for me as I can pick my hours and work more from home. I’m trying to listen to myself more when creating stuff. I don’t force myself to work on days I can’t, and this way I find I’ve been making work that I really like.
What are your hopes and dreams for the future?
I want to be a creative director and fashion designer. I tried a little creative directing before with @lsadfits (RIP) and I directed my own little spreads of work. I hope the Haus of Sídhe becomes a big draggy art fashion house and we all work together. My dream is to make very nice clothes and pictures and make a lot of money.
Author: Aoife Noonan
Image Credit: @sarahtitzgerald