Thursday 8 December 2016

NCAD student's adventurous collection wins young fashion designer €4,000 bursary

Published 11/05/2016 | 02:30

Pictured today at the annual NCAD fashion show is a modal walking the catwalk wearing the designs of overall winner Aideen Gaynor from Marino, Dublin.
Pictured today at the annual NCAD fashion show is a modal walking the catwalk wearing the designs of overall winner Aideen Gaynor from Marino, Dublin.
Future stars of Irish fashion emerge at Annual NCAD Fashion Show. Pictured today at the annual NCAD fashion show was model Naimh, centre, wearing overall winner Aideen Gaynor's design, model Cesca, right, wearing 2nd pleace Nino Sinaia's design and model January wearing 3rd place Ailbhe Griffin's design.
Future stars of Irish fashion emerge at Annual NCAD Fashion Show. Pictured today at the annual NCAD fashion show was overall winner Aideen Gaynor, centre, from Marino, Dublin with Angela O'Kelly, right, Head of Design for Body and Environment at NCAD, and Shelly Corkery, Brown Thomas Fashion Director, and models.
Aideen Gaynor (pictured on the right) celebrates at the Westbury Hotel after winning the coveted NCAD/Brown Thomas Bursary 2016. Photo: Photocall Ireland
Aideen's collection was influenced by the novel of the same name by Japanese writer, Haruki Murakami. Photo: Photocall Ireland

An incredibly adventurous and innovative use of fabrics marked out this year's graduate collections from NCAD students with everything from knitted plastic bags and lavish embroidery to 3D printing, laser cutting, manipulation of fabrics and the use of equine bandages.

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A total of 32 fourth and third-year students took part in the show hosted by the Westbury Hotel in their underground carpark and The Doyle Collection also helped sponsor the show.

Aideen Gaynor from Marino clinched the much coveted Brown Thomas bursary which is worth €4,000 but probably more importantly, the 21-year-old wins a mentoring programme with the store's directors which covers every aspect of fashion and retail.

Shelly Corkery, Brown Thomas fashion director, selected Aideen's collection entitled 'Hard Boiled Wonderland' for the important bursary which sees her tipped as the 'Designer to Watch' at BT's CREATE exhibition which opens on July 5.

Future stars of Irish fashion emerge at Annual NCAD Fashion Show. Pictured today at the annual NCAD fashion show was model Naimh, centre, wearing overall winner Aideen Gaynor's design, model Cesca, right, wearing 2nd pleace Nino Sinaia's design and model January wearing 3rd place Ailbhe Griffin's design.
Future stars of Irish fashion emerge at Annual NCAD Fashion Show. Pictured today at the annual NCAD fashion show was model Naimh, centre, wearing overall winner Aideen Gaynor's design, model Cesca, right, wearing 2nd pleace Nino Sinaia's design and model January wearing 3rd place Ailbhe Griffin's design.

Aideen's collection was influenced by the novel of the same name by Japanese writer, Haruki Murakami. Her fabric was based on a colourful print by the Victorian Scottish designer, Christopher Dresser.

Second place went to Nino Sanaia who will also participate in the mentoring programme.

A 'highly commended' was awarded to Ailbhe Griffin from Kilkenny and to third year student Adria Petra Sprenger.

Aideen's collection was influenced by the novel of the same name by Japanese writer, Haruki Murakami. Photo: Photocall Ireland
Aideen's collection was influenced by the novel of the same name by Japanese writer, Haruki Murakami. Photo: Photocall Ireland

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