Roisin shows her true colours
Roisin Fallon Bailey's passion for colour helped win her one of the most coveted fashion awards on the student circuit.
The 22-year-old from Donabate, Co Dublin, yesterday become the latest NCAD student to win the River Island Fashion Design Bursary.
Worth £3,500 (€4,369), the bursary is one of the most keenly sought-after prizes for final-year fashion students, and Roisin will avail of a paid three-month work experience at River Island's studio in London this summer.
Previous bursary winners like Lucy Moller from Dublin went to River Island for three months and ended up being offered design jobs with the high street chain.
Launched nine years ago, the bursary has proved to be an important first step for many graduates.
Lucy Moller, who won the 2006 bursary, is now a senior designer of the River Island Chelsea Girl collection.
Other NCAD graduates like Anne Marie Rigney, Sile O'Shea and Clarisse Walsh were offered full-time positions with the River Island design team.
Roisin was chosen from a graduate class of 15 at NCAD and model Sarah Morrissey modelled her winning design at the bursary announcement yesterday.
Naomi Dominique, design director at River Island, said the fashion industry "thrives on new ideas and I think that now more than ever before, it is important to inject new energy and life into our design studio and creative teams.
"By supporting NCAD, we are among the first to witness and embrace the emergence of some of Ireland's brightest new stars in the fashion industry."