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Wednesday 30 July 2014

Irish student wins major fashion accolade in London

Published 31/05/2014|15:24

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A model wears a dress by Fiona O'Neill. The hand-painted separates create the illusion of movement here.
Another creation by Ireland's Fiona O'Neill - a hand-painted moulded cut out gown.

A promising Irish fashion designer has scooped third prized in a top talent show in London.

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Fiona O’Neill (25) from Dalkey in Dublin came third in the L’Oréal Professionnel Talent Award this week.

Fiona is a student of the prestigious Central St Martin's university in London.

The award has earned Fiona a mention on Vogue online, which will give her yet another career platform internationally.

The budding designer says she now wishes to follow her dream and work in New York.

“I’d love to go to New York. I have to wait and see what opportunities come my way – you never know what’ll come your way,” she told independent.ie.

“Even just being in the show, and getting mentioned on Vogue online, it means I’m getting my name out there.”

Fiona was sponsored by the Iris O’Brien Foundation to go to Central St Martin’s.

“I did my portfolio at the Bray Institute of Further Education, and my teacher really pushed me to go to Central St Martins.”

“I was really surprised that I got in. It’s a really good school. Because it’s such a tough course, everyone becomes really close and like a family. Everyone helps each other, and you really grow in yourself.”

“I used to love Hallowe’en, and I made my own Debs dress when I was leaving school, and I did some fashion design short courses in the Grafton Academy so they really spurred me on as well.”

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