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Ciaran Gormley named Young Irish Designer of the Year 2014

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Pictured are Teo Sutra and Ciaran Gormley at the Dublin Fashion Festival Young Designer of the Year fashion show at Bank of Ireland, College Green, Dublin 2. Photography: Emily Quinn

Pictured are Teo Sutra and Ciaran Gormley at the Dublin Fashion Festival Young Designer of the Year fashion show at Bank of Ireland, College Green, Dublin 2. Photography: Emily Quinn

Pictured are Teo Sutra and Ciaran Gormley at the Dublin Fashion Festival Young Designer of the Year fashion show at Bank of Ireland, College Green, Dublin 2. Photography: Emily Quinn

The design student beat off stiff competition to claim the coveted title.

Ciaran, a University of Belfast student, impressed a panel of esteemed judges, lead by Irish Independent Fashion Editor Bairbre Power, and landed the top prize.

His creation, a cobalt blue woolen dress with an asymmetric wiggleworm hem, dramatic floor length sleeves and figure hugging silhouette opened the show, modelled by Teodora Sutra.

His innovative approach to knitwear wouldn’t have looked out of place on a catwalk beside designs by Mark Fast, Sibling, or Sandra Backlund.

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Pictured are the judging panel , Deirdre Devaney, Debbie O'Donnell, Stacey O'Donnell, Aisling Kilduff,Bairbre Power,winner Ciaran Gormley, model Teo Sutra, Barry McCall at the Dublin Fashion Festival Young Designer of the Year fashion show at Bank of Ireland, College Green, Dublin 2. Photography: Emily Quinn

Pictured are the judging panel , Deirdre Devaney, Debbie O'Donnell, Stacey O'Donnell, Aisling Kilduff,Bairbre Power,winner Ciaran Gormley, model Teo Sutra, Barry McCall at the Dublin Fashion Festival Young Designer of the Year fashion show at Bank of Ireland, College Green, Dublin 2. Photography: Emily Quinn

Pictured are Teo Sutra and Ciaran Gormley at the Dublin Fashion Festival Young Designer of the Year fashion show at Bank of Ireland, College Green, Dublin 2. Photography: Emily Quinn

Pictured are Teo Sutra and Ciaran Gormley at the Dublin Fashion Festival Young Designer of the Year fashion show at Bank of Ireland, College Green, Dublin 2. Photography: Emily Quinn

An outfit by Gwen Cunningham

An outfit by Gwen Cunningham

An outfit by Geraldine Breen

An outfit by Geraldine Breen

An outfit by Rebecca Kenny

An outfit by Rebecca Kenny

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Pictured are the judging panel , Deirdre Devaney, Debbie O'Donnell, Stacey O'Donnell, Aisling Kilduff,Bairbre Power,winner Ciaran Gormley, model Teo Sutra, Barry McCall at the Dublin Fashion Festival Young Designer of the Year fashion show at Bank of Ireland, College Green, Dublin 2. Photography: Emily Quinn

Produced by the Dublin Fashion Festival, the annual Young Designer of the Year show took place in the grounds of the Bank of Ireland; a temporary catwalk erected with a stunning backdrop of Dublin’s College Green against an Indian Summer evening.

Aside from Ciaran, eleven other fledgling fashion designers bidded for the title, which last year’s winner Claire Lynam confirmed is an invaluable step up into the competitive industry (having been flown home from the UK by her employers River Island to attend the show.)

Only two students from the National College of Art and Design were plucked from hundreds of entries:

Gwen Cunningham, a Fashion graduate, sent a billowing avant-garde creation down the runway, its vivid yellow hue and impeccable cut impressing the crowd and judges.

Sophie Wallace, a Textiles graduate, created a structured jacket from fibre glass materials, that she paired with tapered trousers.

Also worth admirable mentions were a rich, woolen outfit by Claire Mcelduff, a geometric patterned two piece ensemble by Geraldine Breen, and Brid McDonnell’s deep pocketed culottes which were a playful take on proportions.

An outfit by Suzanne Stroker from the Dublin Institute of Design rounded off the Young Designer presentation; her voluminous black gown and austere head dress evoking memories of Marc Jacobs’ final collection for Louis Vuitton. 

Contemporary styles from Arnotts, Clerys, Brown Thomas, and Lennon Courtney were also displayed on the evening.

Dublin Fashion Festival continues until Sunday. For more information about events and workshops, visit www.dff.ie.

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