UCD Launches 2017 Fashion Show in Aid of Jigsaw

February 07th 2017

UCD Launches 2017 Fashion Show in Aid of Jigsaw

UCD Students’ Union today launches the 2017 UCD Fashion Show, which will be held on the 15th and 16th of February in UCD Astra Hall.

The show is in its 30th year; it’s held annually to raise money for charity by showcasing student talent. This year the funds will go directly to Jigsaw – the National Centre for Youth Mental Health.

Jigsaw's research shows that 75% of all mental health issues begin before the age of 25. When a young person is developing and growing up, it is a crucial opportunity to provide them with the skills and support they need to support their mental health and avoid developing bigger issues as they get older. Jigsaw provides vital early intervention support to young people including many students, which means taking action as soon as possible to tackle mental health problems for young people before they become more difficult to reverse.

Student Producer Devin Finneran stated ‘the UCD Fashion Show not only provides a platform for student designers and models looking to make a career in fashion, it helps provide badly needed services as well.’

The theme for the Fashion Show this year is revolutionary social change. Models will walk out to speeches by leaders of the Suffragette movement, the LGBTQ+ movement and the Black Civil Rights movement. The clothes will reflected these eras and their spirit.

The show’s Creative Director, Ciarán McShane, explains: ‘In a world where history has a habit of repeating itself it is important we recognize these ground-breaking movements and pick up where they left off. We’re looking to pay homage to the past and take inspiration for the future.’

Tickets for the 15th and 16th are priced at €12 for students and €15 for the general public and are available to buy online at entspay.com/fashionshow

The show starts at 8pm both evenings.