Exhibiting recently at the Lyrath Hotel’s Kilkenny Fashion Week event were top Kilkenny’ designers Rebekah Patterson, Rutha Jancauskiene and Daniela Cardillo.
Australian-born Rebekah has worked as a milliner since the mid-1990s. With a workshop at No 1 The Parade, Kilkenny, Rebekah creates bespoke, elegant headwear. From special days such as weddings to once-off gems, she specialises in commission work, with hats to complement a sense of fashion, fun and style.
With demand for her work increasing, she now also takes appointments in The Loft Powerscourt Townhouse Centre in Dublin. Rebekah’s range is diverse and bold, with a hint of the past but with a modern twist.
Rutha Jancauskiene was born in Lithuania and has lived in Kilkenny for eight years. In that time she has created a buzz with her tailor-made dresses. With her workshop also located at No. 1 the Parade, Rutha is equally known for her clothing alterations.
Also offering furnishings and dry-cleaning of delicates, she is possibly best known for her superbly designed bridal gowns. Rutha takes orders for custom-made clothing and provides a made-to-measure service. Her selection of winter costs featured at the Lyrath event.
Daniela Cardillo is a graduate of the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) Dublin, where she received a first-class honours degree for her jewellery. Also located at No 1 The Parade, Daniela’s work is principally concerned with the concept of the animal as a power symbol. Each piece of jewellery is hand crafted using horse hair, among other things, the hair-weaving technique having its origins in Victorian mourning jewellery. Daniela’s work has received awards including the Crafts Council Future Makers Award and the Guild of Jewellery Designers UK Gold membership Award.