Past pupil Simone Rocha studied Art for her Leaving Certificate exams in Alexandra College and graduated in 2004.
In 2008 she graduated with a BA in Fashion from The National College of Art and Design in Dublin, continuing in 2010 to graduate from the acclaimed Fashion MA at Central Saint Martin’s College, London. Simone debuted at London Fashion Week in September 2010.
Simone has received accolades including the 2013 “Emerging Designer British Fashion” Award, “Young Designer of the Year” at The Harper’s Women of the Year Awards 2014, the 2014 British Fashion Award for “New Establishment Designer” and much more.
In August 2015 Simone opened her first shop on Mount Street in London. The shop’s interior features Simone’s signature Perspex furniture and hand-made sculptures. To coincide with the launch Simone produced a special, limited edition book featuring the work of collaborators and inspirations. She now has a store in New York and stockists around the world, including Dover Street Market in London and Havana in Dublin, Ireland.
The Irish Times recently interviewed Simone about her upcoming autumn/winter collection. You can read the full article on the Irish Times website here.