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Young Designer of the Year 2017 finalists includes two Limerick designers

Young Designer of the Year 2017 finalists includes two Limerick designers

Dublin Fashion Festival is delighted to announce that Mairead Dore and Kate O ‘Doherty, both Limerick natives are two of the 12 Young Designer of the Young Designer of the Year finalists for 2017. The 12 finalists and their designs will take part in a spectacular catwalk show taking place in the stunning surroundings of the Round Room, in the Mansion House, on Friday, 22 September.

Young Designer of the Year 2017. 

Design by Finalist of the Young Designer of the Year 2017, Aoife Eustace.

 The Young Designer of the Year finalists 2017 are Maria-Christina Mc Padden,Accademia costume e moda, Rion O’ Donovan, Limerick School of Art and Design, Claire Louise Rose Reidy, Griffith College Dublin, Romy Blennerhassett, Griffith College Dublin, Danielle McGregor, NCAD, Aoife Eustace Doyle, Limerick School of Art and Design, Mairead Dore, Limerick School of Art and Design, Naomi Ajetunmobi, Grafton Academy of Fashion and Design, Gráinne Wilson, Limerick School of Art and Design, LIT, Safiye Salih, Griffith College Dublin,  Caoimhe Hill, NCAD and Kate O’ Doherty, Limerick School of Art and Design.




The 12 finalists were chosen by a select judging panel including renowned fashion photographer, Barry McCall; TV3 Xpose series producer, Debbie O’Donnell; Irish Independent’s fashion editor, Bairbre Power; owner of The Design Centre, Ashling Kilduff; Brown Thomas personal shopping manager, Katie McGrath; Arnotts head of personal shopping at Arnotts, Clara Halpin and 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.

Young Designer of the Year 2017

Design by Young Designer of the Year 2017 finalist Rion O’ Donovan

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 out of the finalists. Having completed her shoot with Barry McCall, last year’s winner, JJ Donnelly from NCAD, is now assisting the design team for Irish Designer Carolyn Donnelly on The Edit at Dunnes. JJ is now getting ready to pass on the title to this year’s winner, along with featuring her 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 Friday, 22 September”.

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.