Cleo Prickett is an Irish fashion designer based in Co. Meath. Her timeless designs combine contemporary tailoring with heritage fabrics to create innovative, beautiful yet functional luxury clothing.
Having spent almost a decade honing her tailoring and design skills, first at London College of Fashion and then at some of the world’s leading fashion houses, including at Mary Katrantzou and Roland Mouret, where she assisted Roland and his Head of Womenswear. Cleo then returned to her family home in Durhamstown Castle to begin designing her first capsule collection in early 2018.
Cleo Prickett said: “I have pushed myself to achieve the levels of perfection of the fashion houses I worked at before, and I’m so excited to be ready to launch my first collection. My experience in London gave me an incredible grounding in luxury and when I began to design this collection in my father’s old studio, I became very aware of my personal heritage in marrying functionality with beauty, as my father did with his artisan kitchens.”
Throughout her career she has endeavored to nurture both her design and technical skills. One of her first internships while she was at University was with Matthew Williamson, where she assisted the Print Designer and got her first break in creating a Japanese Tattoo inspired print, where she hand drew with a black ink pen for weeks on end to create the artworks which were then used in their Pre Spring ’12 collection. ‘this internship gave me the belief in myself that I could be a Designer for a top brand, so once I completed my Degree, I went looking for a job with a confidence I would succeed’.
After graduating, she gained a very covetable paid internship in the Atelier at Roland Mouret, where she assisted the technical team in creating the show collections. From there she landed her first major role as Print Designer for Mary Katranzou, where she was immersed in the intense pace of high-end fashion, learning the unique way the brand manipulated and designed digital print and working on exciting collaborations such as ‘Adidas Originals’.
Her most recent role was working as Assistant Designer back at Roland Mouret for two years, as part of a small team. There she assisted the Head of Womenswear in designing the ready to wear collections from textiles, shape design, and production. Through this role she also had the invaluable experience of working closely with Roland Mouret on all aspects of designing and developing the collections.
‘It has always been my goal to start a Womenswear label and in autumn 2017, I decided to pursue it by moving back to Ireland and basing my studio at my family home, Durhamstown Castle. I want to use the experience I gained from working in the industry as a tool to bring my vision to life, creating a brand that has a strong identity that people can rely on for innovative design, craftsmanship, quality and functionality.