Two for joy Averil has designs on twin prize
A NEW generation of young fashion designers are ready to shine.
One of the up-and-coming talents is 22-year-old Averil Blakely, who won places in two rival competitions taking place on the same night.
Averil, a National College of Art and Design student from Knocklyon, Dublin, scored an impressive double getting through to the finals of both the DIT Alfa Romeo Fashion Show at Vicar Street next Wednesday -- the same night as the Nokia Young Fashion Designer Awards 2010 at the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre.
Averil's entries for the rival competitions -- worth €7,000 to the winners -- couldn't be more different.
She designed a white, crystal embellished bodysuit entitled 'One for Sorrow, Two for Joy' for the DIT competition, which has a rock revolution theme. The talented student created a dress for the Nokia competition which will be judged by Marc O'Neill, who formerly had a popular fashion label in Ireland before moving to London, where he now designs the Autograph collection for Marks & Spencer.
"I went for black-and-white monochrome for the DIT competition and it's a short white jacket with a Swarovski encrusted bodysuit, while my entry for the Nokia competition is a long dress with hand-painted fabric," explained Averil.
Averil was inspired by the cinematic and dramatic work of photographer Eugeno Recuenco and her bodysuit was modelled yesterday by Katie van Buren, from Castleknock, who is a media arts student at DIT.
Both competitions, which aim to encourage young fashion talent around the country, are running for seven years and the winner of the DIT competition, which has eight finalists, will receive €2,000, while 20 finalists are in the frame for the €5,000 in the Nokia competition.
DIT students organising next week's show found a new sponsor in Alfa Romeo to replace Toyota who did not renew its commitment. Prizes will be awarded to the best male and female models on the night.
All proceeds raised this year will go to the DIT Foundation, in particular to the Student Assistance Fund, which helps students who are in financial difficulty to complete their studies.
One of the entries keenly tipped is Umit Kutluk's 'Manifesto of Visions' futuristic dress which lights up with tiny fairy lights. Umit, whose family are Turkish and who lives in Glenealy, Co Wicklow, studies fashion at the Grafton Academy.