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Denim designer's flair for fashion is in the jeans

Published 23/05/2011 | 05:00

Clarisse
Walsh with
model Sarah
Morrissey,
wearing the
winning
dress.
SASKO LAZAROV
Clarisse Walsh with model Sarah Morrissey, wearing the winning dress. SASKO LAZAROV

IF there's something in the water in Galway that produces brilliant milliners a la Philip Treacy, then Donegal has it when it comes to budding fashion designers.

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Clarisse Walsh, from Letterkenny, was named winner of the River Island Designer Bursary at the Peter Mark NCAD graduate fashion show at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, on Saturday.

NCAD's 15 fourth-year fashion degree students were challenged to create a denim piece for the bursary competition.

Clarisse's winning dress featured a skirt of three-dimensional folds.

She follows in the footsteps of fellow countywoman, Sile O'Shea, from Pettigo, who won the bursary last year.

The highly sought-after prize includes €3,000 and a paid, three-month internship at the River Island design department in London.

Irish Independent

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