Dublin Fashion Festival returns this September, bringing with it the now renowned Young Designer of the Year competition. 12 finalists have now been chosen by Ireland’s leading fashion designers, buyers, photographers & commentators who gathered recently in The Westbury Hotel to wade through the many talented entries for 2015.
The judging panel includes the Irish Independent’s fashion editor, Bairbre Power; renowned fashion photographer, Barry McCall; TV3 Xpose producer Debbie O’ Donnell; Aisling Kilduff, Owner of the Design Centre; Deirdre Devaney, Ladies Fashion Director, Arnotts and Caroline Hanratty, Head of Personal and Private Shopping, Brown Thomas.
The final 12 designers will take part in a spectacular catwalk show outside Bank of Ireland on College Green on Wednesday, 9th September. The festival itself takes place from September 4th – 7th and will have a raft of fashion events, sales, pop up shops, exhibits and more! It is amazing to see the people of Dublin, fashion retailers and lovers of fashion bringing the best of what Dublin has to offer through this festival.
Most excitingly for me, it also provides an amazing opportunity for budding personal stylists and fashion lovers to get involved and gain some amazing hands on experience, as they are looking for help throughout the festival weekend. I have a number of stylists trained by Stylefish who are getting involved! You can find out more about opportunities here.
The Dublin Fashion Festival Young Designer of The Year finalists are:
v Ailbhe Doyle – NCAD
v Aime O’ Shea – The Mallow College of Fashion and Tailoring
v Ally Nolan- National College of Art and Design
v Anne Cantillon Linnane – Mallow College of Design and Tailoring
v Emma Curtis – St Angela’s College, Sligo
v Helen Hayes- Grafton Academy of Fashion Design
v Katie Donohoe- Griffith College Dublin
v Lamis Goumaa – Griffith College Dublin
v Marcelo Rodrigues – Dublin Institute of Design
v Roisin Lawrence- Griffith College, Dublin
v Siri Mattsson- Ulster University
v Stephen McLoughlin – Limerick School of Art & Design
Speaking at the judging session, festival director Clyde Carroll commented, “Once again, the entries for this year’s competition have been of an exceptional standard. Ireland has a wealth of design talent, which is easily seen in the stores and boutiques nationwide, especially all along the Creative Quarter in the city centre. DublinTown is delighted to champion Irish design talent at its earliest stage through the Young Designer of the Year Award. It is so important that we all continue to support Irish design from students just coming out of college to those who have opened their first store.”
Fashion lovers, get involved and embrace all that Dublin has to offer this September!