man moodboard #3: rory parnell mooney
The LC:M newcomer tells us how it took leaving Ireland to want to look back for his first MAN collection.
With the MAN show being one of the first of London Collections: Men on Friday, we decided to take a sneak peak at the three designers' moodboards to see what they've got in store for us. Here's how Rory Parnell Mooney prepped.
Tell us about your moodboard image.
It's a Jill Freedman photo from a book call Ireland Ever, I think.
What have been the influences on this collection?
It's been really varied, moving past ideas forward. I'm still looking at loads of images of the church and religious clothing, ones that I hadn't found on my MA, but mixing in loads of really strong garment reference images like this one.
What was the funniest/weirdest/most interesting part of your research?
I suppose it's funny how I was so desperate to get out of Ireland when I was a teenager, but now I'm using images of Ireland as the basis of my collection.
Can you describe your preparation for this show in 3 words?
Work, sleep, work.
How do you feel on the eve of your first LCM show?
Tired, but really excited. This will be the first time I get to show my own way without the constraints of presenting a collection in a university setting. I've got to decide on everything, how I really want the show to look and feel.
Image courtesy Rory Parnell Mooney