Camping and fashion mix to winning effect
Camping meets fashion proved a winning formula for 21-year-old NCAD student Caoimhe Hill who scooped the prestigious €3,500 River Island bursary and a paid three-month internship at the high street brand's design studio.
Now in its 14th year, the bursary has fast-tracked the career of a number of NCAD students.
The competition was judged by Dubliner Lucy Moller, who won the bursary in 2006 and is designer controller at River Island's London HQ.
Ms Hill, from Kinsale, Co Cork, revealed how the design for her nylon dress was inspired by camping expeditions with her family.
The design with its gathered sections, macramé strap and dramatic front slit was "based on the backpack that we brought with us hiking and the lacing detail on the back.
"The tent-like dress tucks in around the body with corded details that gathers the dress in. It's a one-size-fits-all, so I'm now going to look at the idea of transformable clothing," she said.
The bursary provides winning graduates with an invaluable first step into the commercial fashion world.