Nocturnal Magic: Jill de Búrca's very modern embroidery

Irish designer Jill de Búrca has always been fascinated by the idea of transferring images onto fabric, so embroidery has become a key part of her design handwriting. This season Jill was inspired by a visit to the Natural History Museum in Dublin — that bastion of Victorian taxidermy which, in Dublin parlance, bears the moniker of "The Dead Zoo".

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“This new collection is inspired by the notion of a fictional night-time garden. It features things that come out at night such as stars and nocturnal creatures such as moths and tigers,” says Jill who works on old Singer embroidery machines. 

“It started with a trip to the Natural History Museum in Dublin. I was particularly taken with the Garden Tiger Moth at the museum — I loved the name and that sparked the idea of a nocturnal magical garden and the collection developed from there.”

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I was particularly taken with the Garden Tiger Moth at the museum — I loved the name and that sparked the idea of a nocturnal magical garden and the collection developed from there.

Jill then began to experiment with shapes and fabrics. “I was looking for an interesting fabric and have incorporated the metallic leopard print lace into the collection this season. I wanted something a little bit edgy but also sophisticated and the leopard print lace was a perfect fit.”

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While butterfly prints and embroidery are not uncommon in fashion collections, Jill has opted for their nocturnal cousins, the moths, for her motif. “Butterflies are more common and are also rather pretty-pretty,” says the designer. “The moths at the museum inspired the collection and tie in with the nocturnal theme but also I think they are a little more edgy. I’ve always found insects fascinating. I love the camouflage aspect of their wings — I find that most intriguing.”

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Jill’s sixth eponymous fashion collection, includes a variety of different styles from embroidered t-shirts and collars to sweatshirts and bomber jackets which are available from Jill’s websiteas well as the Atrium boutique in the Powerscourt Centre in Dublin. 

Her heavily embroidered collars are perfect for dressing up a plain sweater or dress while her embroidered sweatshirts look great paired with jeans or a skirt for a day-to-evening look. The collection highlight is a made-to-order gown featuring leopard print lace which Jill has embroidered with her ornate moth and star motifs. 

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A small design company, all Jill’s garments are hand-sewn and embroidered in her Dublin studio. The garments are produced in small quantities and come in sizes small, medium and large. Garments in the main collection range in price from €140 for an embroidered collar or t-shirt to €295 for a bomber jacket.

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