'Blood, sweat and tears went into my winning outfit'
Katie Donohoe, 2015's Young Designer of the Year, was a popular winner, with her cream outfit inspired by the Wicklow mountains and its unique landscape.
"Winning was wonderful because it was validation of my designs," explained Katie, who had studied business and accounting and worked in the buying office at Arnotts before going back to college as a mature student to do fashion at Griffith College.
"I finally got to do my first love and I won the DFF award after my third year. It was wonderful going into my final year with that confidence.
"After all the blood, sweat and tears that went into the outfit, I couldn't part with it. Now I'm looking at getting my graduate collection stocked and certainly there's a recognition there for my name," she said.
Katie displayed a strong design maturity and deft touch in her contemporary look, mingling tactile yarn with sturdy leather. The silhouette was pared back, but it intrigued too with its vertical and cross-body lines. Special touches included perspex embellishment on tailored culottes.