Kilkenny designer is among the finalists in this year's Young Designer of the Year award

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Mary Cody

Kilkenny designer is among the finalists in this year's Young Designer of the Year award

Heather O'Connor

Kilkenny native, Heather O’Connor, is one of the ten Young Designers of the Year finalists for 2018.

The Limerick School of Art & Design student was inspired by the art of construction and architecture. The ten finalists and their designs will take part in a spectacular catwalk show, which takes place in the stunning surroundings of The Round Room in The Mansion House on September 12.

The ten finalists were chosen by a select judging panel including renowned fashion photographer, Barry McCall; TV3 Xposé series producer, Debbie O’Donnell; Irish Independent’s fashion editor, Bairbre Power; owner of The Design Centre, Ashling Kilduff; Brown Thomas personal shopping manager, Caroline Hanratty; Arnotts head of personal shopping, Clara Halpin and Evoke.ie editor, Sybil Mulcahy.

The designers’ pieces will be showcased in front of key fashion media and influencers, including some of Ireland’s established designers and fashion buyers, as they compete for the title of Young Designer of the Year. Along with the coveted title prize, the winner will also get the invaluable opportunity to shoot a fashion portfolio with fashion photographer, Barry McCall.

Previous winners of the Young Designer of the Year Award have gone on to achieve great successes. With so many excellent candidates, the judges have the extremely tough decision of choosing one overall winner. Having completed her shoot with Barry McCall, last year’s winner, Naomi Ajetunmobi, is currently designing her own collection in a studio in the heart of Dublin town. Naomi is now getting ready to pass on the title to this year’s winner, along with showcasing her own collection at this year’s show.

Speaking at the judging session, director of Marketing & Communications , Clyde Carroll, commented:Each year when I think we can’t get better than the last, again I am left amazed by the talent, and this year’s entries have been of an exceptional standard. Ireland’s future designers are really waving the flag for this country in terms of fashion design and innovation. We see it in stores and boutiques across the country, especially in the Creative Quarter of the city centre. It’s great to see well known retailers continue to offer platforms for homegrown talent by supporting and stocking Irish designs. DublinTown is delighted to be part of this platform by showcasing young designers’ talents through the Young Designer of the Year Award. We can’t wait to crown another winner on Wednesday, 12th September.

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