Jane Leavey Set to Return for Another Year on the Judging Panel

Jane is the Programme Director for Fashion Design at Griffith College Dublin. Over the past ten years, she has played a key role in the development of the College’s Fashion Degree. The Griffith fashion degree has built a leading reputation in the industry for creative fashion design graduates with strong technology and business skills.  The calibre of the fashion students’ work has resulted in numerous prestigious design awards and exhibitions, TV appearances on RTE and TV3 and features in press and glossy magazine publications. Through her role, Jane has been creative director of many fashion shows, exhibitions, editorial and video shoots and has made a number of appearances on Xposé.

Jane’s career as a fashion designer began in London; her next stop was Milan where she spent four years designing for global brands. Her work involved sourcing at the international fabric and yarn fairs including Interstoff Asia, Première Vision, Idea Como, Moda-In and Pitti Filati Florence. Throughout her career, she has worked in many of the leading centres of design and manufacturing. She spent several years designing for Mexx International working between their European Design Centre in The Netherlands and their International Headquarters in Hong Kong. Jane developed particular expertise in creating new product lines and brand development.

On her return to Ireland, Jane worked as a consultant designer with Irish brands advising on design, product development and overseas manufacturing. This extensive industry experience and knowledge of education in the field of fashion design lead to her current role in education. Her own art and design education began at IADT, then graduating from the University of Ulster with a BA Hons Degree in Textile & Fashion Design and Diploma in Industrial Studies, before completing her Masters in Design and Digital Media at the D.I.T.

This is Jane’s 2nd year involved in the competition and will again offer the Griffith College bursary to one of the 2018 entrants. “I am excited by the innovative potential and I can’t wait to begin the journey to find the 2018 winners. I’ll be looking for that x-factor, a design which has a creative and original concept, a strong design aesthetic, with good craftsmanship and finishing, and perhaps an eye-catching silhouette for a strong catwalk presence. I am very much looking forward to being inspired.”