The race to become this years Young Designer Of The Year is on, with twelve of Ireland’s best and brightest upcoming designers chosen as this years finalists.
The designers’ pieces will be showcased at the Mansion House on September 22, in front of Ireland’s fashion elite, including some of Ireland’s most established designers and fashion buyers.
Along with the coveted title prize, the winner will also get the invaluable opportunity to shoot a fashion portfolio with fashion photographer, Barry McCall.
The judging panel includes renowned fashion photographer, Barry McCall; TV3 Xpose series producer, Debbie O’Donnell; Irish Independent’s fashion editor, Bairbre Power; owner of The Design Centre, Ashling Kilduff; Brown Thomas personal shopping manager, Katie McGrath; Arnotts head of personal shopping at Arnotts, Clara Halpin and Evoke.ie editor, Sybil Mulcahy.
Along with the coveted title prize, the winner will also receive the opportunity to shoot a fashion portfolio with photographer, Barry McCall.
So who are the 12 finalists and what are their designs?
Maria-Christina Mc Padden – Accademia costume e moda
Claire Louise Rose Reidy – Griffith College Dublin
Rion O’ Donovan – Limerick School of Art and Design
Romy Blennerhassett – Griffith College Dublin
Danielle McGregor – NCAD
Aoife Eustace Doyle – Limerick School of Art and Design
Mairead Dore – Limerick School of Art and Design
Naomi Ajetunmobi – Grafton Academy of Fashion and Design
Gráinne Wilson – Limerick School of Art and Design, LIT
Safiye Salih – Griffith College Dublin
Caoimhe Hill – NCAD
Kate O’ Doherty – Limerick School of Art and Design
Last year’s winner JJ Donnelly from the National College of Art and Design is now assisting the design team for Irish Designer Carolyn Donnelly at Dunnes Stores. Her own design collection will also be shown at this event on September 22nd. Here’s a reminder of her winning design from 2016 Young Designer of the Year Awards.