Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Jane Mimnagh 

BA [Hons] Design for Stage + Screen Costume Design

My name is Jane, and I am a Costumer, Designer and Artist based in lreland. I have a passion for sewing, photography, drawing, painting, and breakdown/distressing of clothing. I enjoy using my skills to explore and execute my own designs. I have a interest in Historical Fashion, especially the styles of the 1960's and 70's, and enjoy researching aspects of different time periods. My main inspiration is the work of Mary Quant and Tim Walker, who are both leaders of innovation in their fields. I would love new opportunities to work in the artistic community, where I would have the chance to learn new skills from other professionals in the workplace.

The Brothers Grimm Rapunzel

For my final major project i decided to base my designs on a film script that was a close adaption of the the Brothers Grimm Rapunzel. I based my designs around the time that the story would have originally been written, the 1500. While reading the script I found myself relating to the life of Rapunzel and her experiences, I drew a comparison to my own life in the current state of the country during 2020. Looking at the themes of fearing the outside world and the feeling of isolation . I then decided to based this concept for a film during a fictional pandemic in the 16th century. The story takes place over 18 years and features five main characters.

Mary Quant’s Singular Vision to Democratise Fashion

Examining the role the English designer Mary Quant played in democratising clothing in the 1960s. Focusing on a time when the role of women in society was undergoing a fundamental upheaval through a number of factors such as the rise of the Women’s Rights Movement, more wide-spread availability of contraception and an influx of women into the workforce, this research follows Mary Quant’s initial forays into the fashion world through to becoming one of the most well-known designers of her time and being credited with the invention of the mini-skirt. It examines why Quant was in the right place at the right time during the austerity of the post-war years in London and captures her spirit of originality, entrepreneurship and canny sense of knowing what fashions women wanted next. It analyses the concept of liberating women by shaping fashion as an art form of self-representation.