maven46 meets: Stacey Wall

The chosen Irish designer for The House of Peroni Fashion Studio

Words by Emma Tiernan
September 14th, 2018

As the chosen Irish designer selected by the Creative Council for The House of Peroni Fashion Studio, a mentorship programme led by Jonathan Saunders where up and coming designers are given the opportunity to showcase their designs at London Fashion Week, we spoke to Stacey Wall about her design aesthetic, what influences her and her creative background.

Wall, a native of Tipperary, moved at the age of 19 to London to pursue a career in fashion. There she studied Fashion Design focusing on Knitwear at Central Saint Martins and graduated in 2017.

Her most recent collection took her back to her Irish roots where she was heavily influenced by folk bands of the ’70s. The collection explores the different craft techniques that the Island is known for such as knitting, weaving and crochet.

Creative Council

On what she hopes to achieve during her residency at The House of Peroni Fashion Studio…

During the Fashion Studio at The House of Peroni, my aim is to establish my own brand.

On being chosen as the sole Irish designer for The House of Peroni Fashion Studio…

It means a lot. Establishing a brand has always been my goal but was out of my reach before I was chosen for The House of Peroni Fashion Studio. While there was interest in my work, I was finding it difficult to take it to the next level without the space of a studio and structure and mentorship that the Creative Council at The House of Peroni Fashion Studio will give me.

On what it takes to succeed in the fashion industry…

Perseverance.

On her design aesthetic…

The work on the details, the fabrics, the knits are essential to me. I want my work to be innovative and to focus on the importance of the workmanship.

The people she envisions wearing her designs…

Women who have an interest and appreciation of artisan clothing.

On the importance of heritage during the design process…

My heritage is incredibly important to my design process; since I started working on my BA graduate collection at Central Saint Martins I have almost exclusively looked to Ireland for my research as it has a rich history of craft to be explored. I am also interested in the folk and storytelling culture of the country as they provide a narrative I can weave into my work.

The established designers she looks up to…

John Galliano, Simone Rocha and Craig Green.

Design by Stacey Wall
Design by Stacey Wall

Get to know The House of Peroni’s line-up of eight emerging talents in the video below, as they prepare for their seven-month residency and presentation at London Fashion Week in February 2019.