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