Designer inspired by the company of wolves
It started with a fixation with wolves and their habitat, morphed into a luxury utilitarian outfit, and ultimately broke through the glass ceiling at the Vodafone DIT Fashion awards 2015.
Griffith College student designer Lamis Goumaa (22) from Kimmage, won with her 'Fauna' outfit, which is the first time in the 12 years of the competition that a menswear outfit has clinched the cash prize worth €3,000.
Studying the habitat of wolves, Lamis spent two days at the National History Museum in Dublin. The front of the jacket, executed in green ponyhair and grey/blue neoprene, echoes the shape of the wolf's hip bone.
She has worked by day in high street fashion retailers to pay for study, and fabrics at Berwick Street in London - a shopping list that included leather, ponyskin, calf skin suede, neoprene and waxed cotton.
She won the student design award at the Vodafone DIT Fashion Show in aid of the Jack & Jill Children's Foundation which was held at Vicar Street, Dublin.
Her outfit and bag were modelled by DIT student Nick Marnitz, who comes from South Africa and studies film and broadcasting at DIT.
The theme of packed-out Vodafone DIT Fashion Show was "Cultural Fusion" and the top four designs were chosen from an impressive shortlist of 10 designs from around the country.