A native of Co. Monaghan, this exceptionally talented and multi-award-winning designer Natalie B Coleman has gone from strength to strength since she graduated with a BA (Hons) Fashion & Design from Limerick School of Art & Design in 2006.
Only a year later, she was studying on the MA Fashion in Womenswear at Central Saint Martins under the tutelage of the late Louise Wilson. Fast forward to 2011 and she up a studio and launched her eponymous label.
Her collections frequently play on feminine silhouettes, juxtaposed with subversive and humorous motifs and prints. This is an Irish designer who continually seeks to innovate, yet also loves tradition as well as modernity; her work frequently pivots between the two or contains elements of each. She says herself there is a “modern Irishness” very apparent in the designs she creates, often “coupled with opulent fabrics, appliques, whimsical hand beaded and hand-painted surface decoration.”
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She presents her collections at London and Paris Fashion Weeks and her work has been featured in magazines around the world from Harper’s Baazar to Marie Claire, Self and Dutch Vogue. She also has quite the celebrity following with the likes of Laura Whitmore, Angela Scanlon, Marina (of Marina & The Diamonds), Suki Waterhouse and Lily Collins among her fans.
A fusion of innovation and creativity
The achievements kept – and keep – on coming, as Natalie became the first Irish designer ambassador to Microsoft Ireland in 2013. It was with this role she got the chance to expand her creativity and in the fashion industry further, fusing innovation and technology seamlessly with her design skills. She uses the Surface Pro4, she explains on her website, to devise and sketch designs in her studio as well as coming up with visual concepts for her work and subsequent collections. Proof that while technology commonly connects us via the world of social media at the touch of a button, used for creative means, it enables us to dream – and helps us realise at least some of these dreams into our reality.
In addition to owning and running a successful label, Natalie is also a fashion lecturer at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin.
Natalie B Coleman shares her fashion wisdom and what it means to win big at the Irish Tatler's women of the year awards 2019.
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Suki Waterhouse, Lily Collins & Laura Whitmore Can't Stop Wearing This Irish Designer, so we caught up with the designer for the stars to talk all things fashion. @MarksandspencerPubliée par Irish Tatler sur Mardi 22 octobre 2019