Designers named as finalists in the Dublin Fashion Festival

by Emma Nolan

DUBLIN continues to produce some amazing fashion talent with five young designers named as finalists in the Dublin Fashion Festival Young Designer of the Year for 2017.
The five budding designers – Maria-Christina McPadden, Romy Blennerhassett, Danielle MvGregor, Aoife Eustace Doyle and Naomi Ajetunmobi – are Dublin residents and their designs, along with the remaining seven finalists, will be showcased in a spectacular catwalk show taking place in the Mansion House on Friday, September 22.

Romy is from Monkstown, Maria Christina is from Blackrock, Danielle is from Clondalkin, Aoife is from Dundrum and Naomi is from Fairview.

By Naomi Ajetunmobi

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

By Maria Christina

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.

By Aoife Eustace Doyle

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 out of the finalists.

By Romy Blennerhassett

Having completed her shoot with Barry, 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.

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