Young Designer of The Year 2018 FINALISTS
Last night we crowned our Young Designer of the Year 2018 Award to Michelle McAuley!
DublinTown Fashion Festival was delighted to have had all 10 of the Young Designer of the Year finalists for 2018. The finalists’ designs took to the catwalk opening our fashion show, which took place in the stunning surroundings of The Round Room in The Mansion House on last night, Wednesday, 12th September.
Michelle McAuley, who studied at Edinburgh College of Art, hails from Glenarm, Co. Antrim and was truly inspired by her Irish heritage, skills and craft. Her main aim for her collection was to go beyond traditional textiles by using unconventional methods and mixing Irish craft and contemporary fashion which Ireland is renowned for.
“I taught myself traditional basket weaving, cable knitting and linen weaving, this collection stands for an electric awakening of craft. Sustainability was a key focus of me, this was embedded in my designers ethos and I created techniques with zero waste from pattern cutting and I upcyclyed my Father’s butcher yarn.”
Wearing a stunning burnt orange and traditional yarn two-piece dress, model Irma walked down the X-staged runway wearing Michelle’s design. Head judge Bairbre Power announced the winner, which took Michelle by complete surprise. Her smile couldn’t be bigger as she herself stepped onto the runway to walk alongside her model and design.
DublinTown Fashion congratulates Michelle McAuley as Young Designer of the Year 2018
THE FINALISTS IN THIS YEAR’S YOUNG DESIGNER OF THE YEAR 2018
The 10 finalists and their designs will took part in a spectacular catwalk show in the stunning surroundings of The Round Room in The Mansion House on Wednesday, 12th September 2018.
The 2018 Young Designer of the Year finalists were:
- Katy McCullagh – Ulster University
- Olayemi Edun – Sallynoggin College of Further Education
- Tara Woulfe – Mallow College of Design & Tailoring
- Michelle McAuley – Edinburgh College of Art
- Anna O’Doherty – Limerick School of Art & Design
- Colette Downey – Grafton Academy of Fashion Design
- Daniela Vasilean – Limerick School of Art & Design
- Susan Rogers – National College of Art & Design
- Heather O’Connor – Limerick School of Art and Design
- Rita Zachar – Mallow College of Design and Tailoring
The 10 finalists were chosen by a select judging panel including Irish Independent’s fashion editor, Bairbre Power; renowned fashion photographer, Barry McCall; TV3 Xposé series producer, Debbie O’Donnell; 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 for DublinTown, 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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