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.
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 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.