Róisín Pierce is an Irish womenswear designer who graduated from the National College of Art and Design, Ireland with a B.A in Textile Design.
Róisín’s work draws on Irish historical references and traditional hand textile techniques, yet her methods of making clothing are not traditional. Reinventing garment construction has come about through her own unique process in shape-making, exploitation of the silhouette and the importance of the development process of making using mixed repetition to create surfaces. There is a constant dialogue in the making and the unexpected that can occur, allowing her to exploit the ‘language’ and techniques of tradition and contemporary. The idea of creating something new is what excites and drives Róisín to create.
All the work is individually handcrafted, manipulated and finished; constructed through zero-waste cutting, making the process sustainable. Her work is a visual diary of her progress in the variation of construction and experimentation in each piece.
Róisín was awarded the first ever Chanel Métiers d'art prize for her collaboration with Chanel Métiers; Maison Michel as well as the prix du public at Hyères 34th.
Róisín was awarded the overall Future Makers award for her ‘traditional yet technically impressive smocking made contemporary and desirable. Extraordinary craftsmanship which is breaking new ground.’’ by the Design Council of Ireland in 2019.