Leitrim based Ruth Duignan became an award winning designer on the very day of her graduation from the Limerick School of Art & Design – winning the coveted AIB Graduate Business Development Award for the best graduate Collection of 2009.During the previous year she completed a 6 month internship in Tokyo with the Japanese menswear label Aptform. Here she observed and absorbed the simplicity of Japanese design and its roots in indigenous culture and fabrics.
On her return to Ireland she applied this design philosophy to traditional Irish crafts and textiles, drawing inspiration from native materials and the Irish countryside.
Her graduate collection used Irish wools, linens and traditional techniques to produce a simple but contemporary collection.
Her first commercial collection launched in May 2010 celebrated the purity of linen. A further collection for Autumn Winter 2010 saw her produce a dramatic and innovative exploitation of Irish tweed.
In 2011 Ruth Duignan was nominated for “Fashion Designer of the Year” at the Fashion Innovation Awards.
Ruth Duignan is a member of the Council of Irish Fashion Designers.
Ruth Duignan continues to develop and explore her use of indigenous fabrics and craft as an expression of contemporary lifestyle.