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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Designer from Dundalk is in fashion final

Published 26/07/2014 | 12:00

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Dundalk has once again produced some fashionable talent, this time in the form of 22-year-old Andrew Bell.

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Bell, a soon to be graduate of the National College of Art and Design, has been named as one of the 8 finalists in the Persil Irish Fashion Awards.

The competition saw hundreds of aspiring designers from Ireland's leading art and design colleges submit portfolios for the challenge in January.

The task given to the participants was to design and make an outfit suitable for a fun day at the park with a mother and child.

Andrew took this as a chance to broaden his range as a designer. 'I took it as an opportunity to bring sportswear into my portfolio.'

Having spent much of his time focusing on more sophisticated and luxurious pieces with internships in London houses Antipodium and J.W. Anderson, Andrew thought it was very important to show that he could diversify, as that is the mark of a good designer.

He brought very innovative ideas to the brief, making a superhero concept out of the idea 'mighty mums and little kids team up for great adventure.' A cape that would double as a kite was designed to make the jacket more interesting while the mothers outfit has a very futuristic feel to it. Sportswear, but super.

Currently working on a graduate placement with Dunnes Stores, Andrew hopes to save and one day go to New York as he has heard it's very good over there for young designers, with better pay and hours.

Winning the €10,000 prize from the Persil Awards would certainly make a big difference for him.

The eight finalists go before the judges live on TV3's Xposé in September for the final, with the winner getting the chance to have their designs sold in selected stores.

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