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Like mother, like daughter – Alannah blossoms at student show

Bairbre Power Fashion Editor

Published 18/04/2013 | 05:00

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1983 Rose of Tralee winner Brenda Hyland Beirne with her daughter Alannah at the Vodafone DIT awards at Vicar Street, Dublin, last night

IF the smile looks familiar, it's because her mum was a 1980's poster girl after winning the Rose of Tralee contest.

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Trainee Garda Brenda Hyland won the Rose of Tralee in 1983 and went on to become a model, beauty therapist and air hostess.

Now, 30 years later, Brenda's statuesque daughter Alannah Beirne is following in her mum's modelling footsteps. The 19-year-old from Naas graced the catwalk at the Vodafone DIT Fashion Show in Vicar Street Dublin.

And at the end of the night, the DIT visual merchandising student found herself the centre of attention when the Mona Sweeney-designed outfit she was modelling won the coveted Vodafone Student Design Award worth €2,500.

The 'Morphic Opulence' outfit designed by Ms Sweeney, from Achill Island, centred on vulnerability and protection. The sexy, "second skin" draped cream dress was all about fragility, but it was the protective armoury or "millinery for the neck" that really caught the judges' attention and secured the top prize for Ms Sweeney, a textile design student at GMIT in Galway.

Meanwhile, the board game Cluedo provided lots of inspiration for Tallaght student Louisa Howard, who came second with an outfit entitled: 'One suspect, one weapon, one room'. The long, narrow silhouette was inspired by a candlestick, bulbous in the middle, falling to a narrow hemline resembling melted wax.

Now in its 10th year, the theme for designers was 'House of Chaos: A Twisted Tale'. The 'Surreal and Confusing' outfit designed by Grafton Academy student Edel Traynor from Co Meath, for example, was based on Rapid Eye Movement during sleep and how dreams during REM are quite confusing.

The show was organised by students from the DIT Fashion Society. Proceeds go to

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