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Oireachtas 2011

2011 Oireachtas Lines from Irish Dance Designers – Gavin Doherty

In the past, I’ve done updates based on the major trends and things I’ve noticed. For the 2011 Oireachtas, I’m going to do it more based on each designer’s “line” for the Oireachtas. I think it will be cleaner and easier to see the overall trends for this year. And plus, every major competition is a little bit like a fashion show, right? Our runway is just a little wider!

I’m going to break this into designers, so stay tuned for updates from designers like Siopa Rince, Doire Designs, Elevation and more!

Gavin Doherty

All pictures from Gavin’s Facebook page.

General Feel: Gavin is featuring a bold, neon look for 2011 in all age groups. He has more of a focus on sharp geometric designs this year. Also, repeating motifs are making a strong comeback in his designs. Gavin does have some dresses with metallic fabric or sequin details, but overall tends to be staying with matte fabric that pop from their color. I featured this in my earlier post, but this picture from Woodgate Shamrock in Canada shows off this season’s bold and geometric look excellently with many of his newest designs.

New Styles: One style Gavin debuted at the Oireachtas was the thick belt/cut-out design. This dress also shows off the growing trend of adding embroidery and design to just the shoulders of a dress. Here’s another version that incorporates the animal print trend as well.

Another new style that he debuted features a ballet shrug look. I think it’s a cute way to add an extra dimension to the dress. Here’s another version in red.

I may have missed this skirt before (on the left below), but this looks like a new skirt style that came out this season! I’d love to see how it moves. The dress on the left also shows an off the shoulder design that continues to be popular. And on the right, this is a new soft skirt style with a lace overlay. An updated throwback to the 2006 era when lace came back! This dress also shows off the repeating motifs.

The last newer design that Gavin debuted is an older style that he’s updated for this season. It’s the sunburst design from Worlds with a subtler approach that goes across a large portion of the dress. The dress on the right also shows off the skirt from above.

Continuing styles: Gavin is continuing to feature the corset look and the cross over vest/kimono feel in his dresses. Asymmetric lines and white dresses also continue to be popular design choices for Gavin. The petal skirts continue to grow in popularity as well.

Boys: Unfortunately, most of the pictures on Gavin’s facebook feature dresses, so it’s hard to tell where he’s going with vests. However, it looks like he’s featuring a lot of the same designs from his dresses. For example, the crossed over vest look. Does anyone know of any guys wearing Gavin vests right now? I can guess, but I don’t want to misspeak!

What do you think of Gavin’s newest designs? Anything inspire you for a new dress or vest? Let us know, but remember to be considerate of dress owners who adore their dresses and vests!

Stay Fashionable, Feisers!



9 thoughts on “2011 Oireachtas Lines from Irish Dance Designers – Gavin Doherty

  1. My favorite is the white and yellow dress with the flowers, the girl wearing it dances at my school and it just looks fantastic on her! I love the newly debuted skirt and white dresses are my favorites (:

    Posted by Michaela | December 3, 2011, 10:52 pm
    • Awesome! She looks adorable! I do love the white dresses as well – a very classy look. I’d be so nervous I was going to get something on it though!

      Posted by feisonista | December 4, 2011, 5:03 pm
      • Haha yeah, I have to friends who got on the podium at oireachtas this year, and their dresses have white sleeves… In all the commotion and hugging they both ended up with lipstick stains. So that’s sort of a problem. :/

        Posted by Michaela | December 4, 2011, 6:09 pm
  2. I think, in some cases, the dresses are too extreme and take away from the dancer wearing it. The dress ends up wearing the girl.

    Posted by Annette | December 4, 2011, 4:31 pm
    • That’s definitely a valid point. I think with a lot of the more intensely designed dresses, you have to have the confidence and dancing style to pull it off. It’s like any fashion trend, really! Your clothes can end up wearing you if you don’t own and feel confident in the design. A lot of Gavin’s designs suit a more firey dancer, a “reel” dancer, for lack of a better term! In many cases, Siopa or Doire do a better job with a “slip-jig” dancer. That said, I think every dancer could pull off any dress as long as they feel confident in the dress and that it embodies their dancing.

      Posted by feisonista | December 4, 2011, 5:02 pm


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