Sunday 22 April 2018

Adam makes waves as first man to win coveted River Island award

Model Roz Purcell wears the dress designed by winner Adam Henderson
Model Roz Purcell wears the dress designed by winner Adam Henderson
Adam Henderson
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It pays to keep your eye on the needs of festival fashionistas - just ask Adam Henderson.

The 22-year-old NCAD student from Dublin yesterday walked away with the coveted €3,500 River Island Bursary with a look inspired by 1970s-style festival dressing.

And the smile on Adam's face said it all because he is the first male entrant to win the competition in its 12-year history.

Days after the famous Coachella festival, Adam devised a winning festival look with a 3D, diaphanous, transparent black tulle dress, created using handcrafted techniques and laser cutting.

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A glimpse of leg, low but discreet neckline, the dress was cleverly constructed so that it can be worn on its own, or layered over additional pieces, to create a more glamorous look.

Adam Henderson
Adam Henderson

Adam was on a winning streak as he made it into the top 10 in the Vodafone/DIT fashions the previous night, and his River Island prize includes a three-month bursary.

He added a modern twist to his festival look with a detachable utility clutch with front-facing floral pockets, which the judge said "leans towards a chic, urban utility style."

This year, River Island asked the students to create a capsule collection for River Island Spring Summer 2015.

The finished garments were judged by the 2006 winner and now River Island design controller, Lucy Moller.

The bursary offers final- year fashion design students at the National College of Art and Design the chance to win a paid, three-month internship at the company's cutting-edge design studio in London.

"The River Island Bursary launched my fashion career and it was so exciting to see the new and exciting talent emerging. We can't wait for Adam to start his placement in River Island," said Lucy.

"Our industry thrives on fresh ideas and it is so important to inject new energy and life into our design studio."

Irish Independent

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