Sunday 23 July 2017

Life goes on as style squad take Liberties

Vita Shevnyuk, left, in a dress by Aoife Conroy (second place) and Anna Flynn wears an outfit by Umit Kutluk (first place)
as Christina Dunne passes with her shopping on Meath Street, Dublin, yesterday. SASKO LAZAROV/ PHOTOCALL IRELAND
Vita Shevnyuk, left, in a dress by Aoife Conroy (second place) and Anna Flynn wears an outfit by Umit Kutluk (first place) as Christina Dunne passes with her shopping on Meath Street, Dublin, yesterday. SASKO LAZAROV/ PHOTOCALL IRELAND

Bairbre Power Fashion Editor

DUBLIN shoppers weren't the least bit fazed when the student style squad descended on Meath Street in the heart of the Liberties.

Locals didn't blink twice when confronted with a white net mesh dress made out of 90 badminton shuttlecocks or a tie-dyed, layered chiffon gown.

"It's all in a day's life in me jewel and darlin' Dublin," said one shopper.

The winners of the DIT Alfa Romeo Student Design Award, now in its eighth year, were showcasing their gowns before last night's show in front of more than 1,000 people at Vicar Street.

Entries were invited from students nationwide who submitted designs on the theme of 'Romeo & Giulietta -- A Bad Romance', and, last night, Umit Kutluk, a student at the Grafton Academy, was named the 2011 winner.

The 29-year-old from Turkey dyed 16 metres of chiffon three times to achieve a rich colour, the red to evoke the image of veins leading to the heart.

Runner-up Aoife Conroy, a fourth-year student at NCAD, explained how her white dress was inspired by Lady Gaga's music videos.

Irish Independent

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