Church; The Baptism

Now, before you start to worry about the headline of this post – I’m here to extinguish your fears.

In reading on, you will not find a single photograph of me, swaddled in a crochet blanket and receiving the oil of Chrism on my forehead.

Instead, you will be treated to some incredible photography and film where some of the best emerging Irish talent in both photography and fashion has been cultivated.

Plus, you’ll also hear from James Kavanagh (Exchequer Street Boy, The Food Slut, Jimarama, the guy from Thinkhouse…) and that’s always the best way to start your weekend – in my experience at least!

Church - The Baptism

If I told you that the above photo is part of a promotional campaign, this week, in Dublin. What do you imagine it would be for?

I’ll go easy on you – it’s for a club night – Church. (Effective, right?!)

Church was founded by James Kavanagh, Dave Byrne and Kyle Cheldon Barnett. It came about from them feeling unwilling to leave the apartment to have a night out in Dublin.

Wanting to inject some creativity into the capital, Church was formed for those who appreciate fashion, dancing and ornate aesthetics. It’s a monthly event and with the first taking place in June – July’s ‘Baptism’ is set to be even more popular – not just because of HRH Prince George of Cambridge!

However, while I admire their entrepreneurship, it was the trio’s vision in promoting the night that really intrigued me and continued to inspire me this month.

Speaking with James during the week, I asked him about the use of film in the event’s campaign. He said that;

“When we dreamt up Church, we immediately thought of a video to promote it. Our aesthetic was very on par with the Catholic Church; opulent, dramatic & sombre. So, we wanted to emulate that into a video format. Joe Coppage is our filmmaker and director. He is ridiculously talented. Each night we will have a different biblical theme; Baptism is the current one. So, Joe, Kyle, Dave & I sat down and brainstormed the idea of a girl being led to a lake to be baptised, almost into our club, like the real church!”

Church - The BaptismFilm was not the only domain which the gentlemen explored. As some of Dublin’s most stylish people – it was little surprise that Team Church embraced and spotlight emerging Irish fashion designers.

In this month’s film, the models’ attire is all brilliant white mainly from Leanne Keogh’s (NCAD) Graduate Collection, with fellow NCAD-er, Olwyn Kelly also designing a beautiful white tulle piece that model Anne Nuding is wearing.

Questioning James about their desire to exhibit this form of talent at Church, he mentioned that;

We want to showcase what’s fresh in Dublin. Using young designers is very important to us. We want Church to be a platform, a sanctuary if it were (get it?), to show off their creativity. Be it jewellery designers, set designers, stylists, photographers, make-up artists or hairdressers – this is something you can be involved in.

If this opportunity tickles your talented taste buds, I recommend that you get in touch with James through Twitter – tell him I sent you.

Church - Baptism

Huge congratulations to James, Kyle and Dave – it’s not the easiest of times to be starting something new but I really admire their creativity with the project and their desire to promote homegrown talent!

Church opens its doors for the second time, this Saturday, in The Pint on Eden Quay. It’s merely five Euro entry and I would advise you to mix your crucifix with some couture!

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Sinéad Burke is an academic and a writer with an obsessive interest in fashion, education and 'Extraordinary Women'. She is an ambassador for the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and the National Women's Council of Ireland.