Nuclear equations and wolves inspire designers
Griffith College student Sarah Murphy took a very unusual approach to securing one of the 10 highly-coveted places in the Vodafone DIT Fashion Show at Vicar Street on April 14.
Sarah fused traditional Irish with science to create her 'Chain Reaction' outfit, which was defined not by trends but by nuclear equations.
"The atomic numbers of the chemicals within the reactions were directly converted into rows and stitches to form the patterns and shapes in the outfit," said Sarah (30), who originally did a maths and physics degree and taught Montessori before going back to study fashion.
At the semi-finals of the DIT contest on Tuesday, Griffith College student Lamis Goumaa explained how her 'Fauna' outfit was inspired by her interest in wolves.
Meanwhile, Stephen McLaughlin from Carndonagh, Co Donegal, a student at Limerick School of Art and Design was inspired by "the changing roles of both men and woman in today's culture and how these gender roles are society's concept of how both men and woman are expected to act".
Nuala McCarthy (Mallow College of Design and Tailoring) from Tralee, Co Kerry (pictured above left) explored a 'Clash of Culture', while NCAD student Alice Langton from Terenure (pictured third from the left) explored the culture of craft with contemporary fashion.
The other finalists are: Emma Gannon (Griffith College) from Glanmire, Co Cork; Helen Hayes (Grafton Academy) Churchtown, Dublin; Magdalena Galica (Grafton Academy) from Dublin; Mollie Sinnott (Limerick School of Art and Design) from Gorey Co Wexford and Shauna Harrison (Grafton Academy), Newtownmountkennedy, Co Wicklow.