Stephen is a first class graduate of the Limerick School of art & design. Mc Laughlin’s graduate collection drew on the life and work of Jean Michael Basquiat. The Six looks delved into Basquiat’s sadly short life, and celebrated his creativity and his life in New York City during the 1980’s. The clothes’ silhouettes are derived from an exploration of New York’s street style in the eighties.
During his time in Limerick, Stephen completed internships with Una Rodden, House of Holland and Marques Almeida in London. After graduating Stephen returned to London to join the team at Sharon Wauchob, he has since left to concentrate on his own freelance design work.
Stephen competed in the competition back in 2010 with his classmates from Carndonagh Community School, Co. Donegal. He was awarded the Bank of Ireland Glamour Prize that year and his design was showcased at the Royal Film Premiere of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo in London. Stephen returned in 2015 as the southern regional student judge, and now will make another appearance as a main judge on the 2018 judging panel alongside, Pippa O’Connor, Louis Walsh, and art and design educators Tracy Fahey, LSAD and Jane Leavey, Griffith College.
He believes that Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture was the foundation in starting his career in design. “It really gave me the hunger, desire and confidence to study fashion design at third level education, and without it I wouldn’t be where I am today, I would advise anyone who has any interest in art and design to get involved, it is the perfect stepping stone to Jump start your career. “