Meet Our Team

Paul Alexander

After studying in Bristol University and receiving a BA in Fashion Design, Paul worked as a freelance designer in the UK, creating one off pieces for high profile clients. After moving to Ireland, Paul set up his own brand, Paul Alexander, stocking in House of Fraser UK and Ireland and many high end retailers in both countries.

In 2010, Paul took part in TV3’s Style Wars where he reached the semi-finals.

In March 2014, Project Fashion was created. Paul wanted to pass his wealth of knowledge and experience to the younger generation due to the fact that there was nothing like this available to him when he was growing up.

Project Fashion is an amazing opportunity for young children and teenagers to learn an invaluable life skill and potentially inspire them for their future careers.

Paul’s goal: To create a launch pad to potential future Irish Fashion Designers!

Sarah O’ Rourke

Beginning sewing at young age, with her mum teaching her, led Sarah to study Fashion & Textile Design in Colaiste Ide. She went onto IADT Dun Laoghaire and developed her own fabric medium whilst receiving a BA in Visual Arts Practice Sculpture.

Sarah began her own Millinery Design company in 2016 called Saraden Designs Millinery Atelier. Here she uses her own fabric made in house, called Saraden Fabric, to create millinery designs described as pieces of wearable art. Saraden Designs is a slow fashion brand which prides itself on not wasting any fabrics as cut offs are reworked into new creations.

Sarah has been on the runways of London Fashion Week, London Hat Week, Belfast Fashion Week, Leicester Fashion Week, Fashion Revolutions Sustainable Fashion Show and has exhibited pieces in London, Dorset, Birmingham, The Netherlands, Dublin and Palma. She’s also had her work featured in various publications throughout Europe. She has won a number of awards : Milliner of the Year 2019 in The Cointreau HiStyle Awards, Creative Professional in the Network Ireland Meath Awards 2021, Event Expert in the Irish Micro Business Awards 2021, Emerging Business in The Meath Business & Tourism Awards 2021, Milliner of the Year in the HiStyle Awards 2021 and Event Expert overall winner in the Irish & UK Micros Business Awards 2022.

Inese Vizule

Inese is originally from Latvija and has settled in Ireland in 2005. She has been a tutor with Project Fashion since 2016.

From a young age she has loved arts, children and creating things. As a kid Inese made clothes for her dolls, which encouraged her interest in fashion design. This led her to go and study to be a tailor, she learned the skills of pattern cutting and received her full qualification.

Working with the youth is Inese’s second passion and she considers it a very rewarding privilege. She loves to see the expressions on children’s faces from their achievements and when they make new friends.

In 2019 Inese undertook a QQI Level 5 course In Children with Additional Needs, received her certificate, and has been working as a school SNA since.

Sharon Darcy

Sharon has studied at the Grafton Academy (Dublin) and worked for Michael H as a seamstress for many years, where she specialised in creating women’s clothing. She then went on to teach dressmaking workshops and Project Fashion classes.
She absolutely loves fashion and dressing up ; she thinks : “there’s nothing like putting on beautiful clothes to make you feel great, no matter what you’re wearing.” She also enjoys influencing her sons and educating them about current trends.
She’s started her own business a few years ago creating memory bears. Her deepest joy is seeing the smiles on people’s faces when they received their bespoke bears.

Teresa Kelly

Terri went to college at Mairin G international school of beauty, finishing with a cibtac diploma in Beauty therapy, continued with International and national post grad courses specialising in Nail care and artistry, and finally a Train the Trainer programme. She’s a member of the Confederation of International Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology and has worked in several Beauty Salons.
Terri has studied dressmaking in secondary school and has always sewn from then on. Inspired by fashion eras, particularly Old Hollywood Glam or 60’s vintage, she’s gained experience and hands on knowledge creating her own wardrobe for decades.
Though she’s busy working as a mobile Beauty Therapist and tutoring 3 locations for Project Fashion, she still finds time for the Gym and creating Memory bears or Cushions.

Emeline Chamoux

Emeline studied Visual Arts and Fashion & Textile in several schools in France while working part time as a Designer-Assistant for Popy Moreni, a Haute-Couture Fashion Design Pioneer, who owns studios & shops in Paris and sells licensed collections in department stores all-over Japan.

Emeline owns her own freelance company where she mostly works remotely for international clients who need design, graphics, tech packs and trend services. The majority of her customers is located in Hong Kong, USA, GB and Ireland. She specialises in Lingerie, swimwear and Sportswear designs; she loves how precise and technical the developments need to be. Her main hobbies are teaching Art and Yoga, her recent 200 YRT education helps her keep a positive and calm attitude in life.

Alice Dogherty

Alice graduated with a 2.1 honours BA in Fashion Design from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, after winning the River Island Bursary Award that final year. She then moved to London to work for River Island, where she designed best sellers for the UK and Irish markets. She moved back to Dublin 2 years later and progressed as a senior designer for an independent Irish company contracting with Oasis, Dorothy Perkins, Sears and Accessorize.
During lockdown, she developed a passion for painting and has been a full time Artist since 2019, opening her own business of pet portraits named Art by Alice.
Alice loves everything about fashion, and is mostly fascinated by construction. She has been making her own birthday dresses each year from age 16. She’s absolutely delighted to inspire and connect with Project Fashion’s students through this common passion.

Gráinne Wilson

Gráinne studied at LSAD and received the Dorothy Stewart Bursary Award for Excellence Shown, as well as her BA Honours Degree in Fashion Design.
She was then finalist in several competitions in 2017 (Dublin Fashion Festival, Racing Colours – Kildare, Irish Fashion Innovation Awards) and even won “Independent Designer of the Year” at Nua Festival that same year.
Gráinne is planning to launch her own business later this year. Her hobbies and interests are very broad, from Sports to Baking and Crafts, she is always hungry for knowledge and even calls herself a “History Nerd”(especially Fashion History), for she reads and listens to a lot of podcasts about these subjects.
She loves that Project Fashion opens the doors for young children to learn a life-long skill, and develop an appreciation for it whilst having fun along the way.

Barbara Connolly

Barbara’s mantra is “Quality over quantity”. Self-motivated, passionate and professional, she has worked with many large brands as a textile designer, artist, consultant, garment technologist and advisor, for many years after college, before launching her own business.

Barbara is a keen gardener a daily sea swimmer and loves to sail with her local club. She has traveled extensively for business and leisure, absorbing new cultures with a particular interest in local craft and textiles, such as freehand machine embroidery in Australia for example.

During lockdown Barbara’s researched and studied the social and environmental impact of fast fashion. She now offers tutorials and workshops to secondary schools, colleges and clubs.

Barbara wants to share her skill with young people and feels very satisfied if she can inspire them to create a garment from a piece of cloth. She loves to see a student go from struggle to smile when they have sewn a straight line, and describes sewing as ‘Active meditation’.

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