Musical dress hits the right note at fashion awards
TRAD music inspired 22-year-old NCAD graduate Sinead Onora Kennedy to create her winning design in the 14th Persil Irish Fashion Awards.
Her 'Music in the Glen' dress took the €10,000 first prize.
Today her fit-and-flare dress goes on sale in selected branches of Dunnes Stores priced €55.
Sinead, who has been playing the fiddle since she returned from living in New York's Bronx at the age of seven, submitted a multi-layered outfit with a strong musical theme.
The outer garment featured layers of cotton organdie cut in the shape of a fiddle. It was an intriguing musical silhouette, with a striped dress beneath and the lines inspired by the staves in manuscripts on which music is notated.
However, for commercial reasons, Dunnes Stores have opted to manufacture only the striped dress.
Standing beside a rail of her dresses at the Henry Street branch of Dunnes Stores in Dublin last night, Sinead beamed and said she wasn't at all put out that only half of her submitted entry had gone into production.
"I'm thrilled to have been chosen and I'm delighted with the final dress, I'm just over the moon. I thought that might happen, that they might just go for the striped dress because it was definitely more commercial," she said.
Sinead now intends using the money for post-graduate studies, possibly an MA in London or Berlin.