Fashion student Nuala has designs on award

Nuala McCarthy’s Hidden Beauty design is modelled by Zoe Butterworth.
Nuala McCarthy’s Hidden Beauty design is modelled by Zoe Butterworth.

A WRY look at some of the more secretive jewels of the natural world was the inspiration behind a design by a young fashion student from Tralee whose work has been shortlisted for the Vodafone DIT Fashion Show 2014.

Nuala McCarthy, who is a student at the Mallow College of Design and Tailoring, is over the moon this week following the selection of her unusual and very distinctive piece in what is one of the most important platforms for emerging Irish talent.

Modelled by student Zoe Butterworth (pictured), Nuala's piece is an intriguing garment that looks at first glance like a layer of battle dress from Roman or medieval times. It's provenance is far from militaristic, however, as Nuala drew on Mother Nature for inspiration.

"The whole concept behind it is hidden beauty and my inspiration came from looking at buds beginning to bloom," Nuala said.

"I was intrigued by the concept of the hard outer shell bursting open to reveal the soft beauty that lay underneath. On developing this theme further I began looking at mushrooms, which usually go unnoticed deep within the forest. They too have their beauty hidden by a protective shell!"

The fashion show takes place on April 3 with a big contingent of family and friends from town heading up to cheer Nuala on.

Up to 1,000 guests are expected at the Vicar Street venue on the night with proceeds going towards the Jack and Jill Foundation.


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