Friday 27 April 2018

Stars of the future.... at Dublin Fashion Festival

The Dublin Fashion Festival takes place September 7-13, and one of the highlights will be the Young Designer of the Year contest at College Green on September 9. Bairbre power shares a preview of some of the talented finalists, all of whom are names to watch

Emma Curtis, St Angela's College, Sligo
Emma Curtis, St Angela's College, Sligo
Ally Nolan, NCAD
Aime O'Shea, Mallow College
Ailbhe Doyle, NCAD
Katie Donohoe, Griffith College
Roisin Lawrence, Griffith College
Bairbre Power

Bairbre Power

It's one of the competitions I look forward to most during the year, going through the dozens of entries for the DFF Young Designer of the Year award and after narrowing it down to 12 finalists, we have to find a winner on Sptembe r9.

The annual competition is part of the 2015 Dublin Festival of Fashion brought to you by DublinTown, dedicated to the support of Irish talent and businesses.

In the run up to the finale, the designs can be seen on exhibition in Powerscourt Centre, in Dublin's Creative Quarter.

The 12 finalists are: Ailbhe Doyle, NCAD; Aime O'Shea, Mallow College of Fashion and Tailoring; Ally Nolan, NCAD; Anne Cantillon Linnane, Mallow College of Design and Tailoring; Emma Curtis, St Angela's College,Sligo; Helen Hayes, Grafton Academy of Fashion Design; Katie Donohoe, Griffith College; Lamis Goumaa, Griffith College; Marcelo Rodrigues, Dublin Institute of Design; Roisin Lawrence, Griffith College; Siri Mattsson, Ulster University and Stephen McLoughlin, Limerick School of Art & Design. For more information, visit

PHOTOGRAPHY: Emily Quinn STYLIST: Grace Moore HAIR: Joe Hayes, Toni & Guy

MAKE-UP: Nicole Lynch, personal beauty stylist at Brown Thomas SHOES: Buffalo

GO SEE: the finalists' designs on exhibition at Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, in Dublin's Creative Quarter, before the September 9 show. For more information, visit

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