Templeogue’s William Shannon Doyle takes top fashion design bursary

by Emma Nolan
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A 22-year-old Dublin fashion designer from Templeogue has won the River Island 2016 Fashion design bursary.
William Shannon Doyle was chosen to receive a €3,500 bursary and a paid three-month internship in River Island’s design studio in London.
This is the thirteenth year of the River Island Bursary which offers final year fashion design students at the National College of Art and Design the chance to win a paid, three-month internship at the company’s design studio in London.
This year River Island asked the NCAD students to create a capsule collection for River Island Spring Summer 2016.
The students then submitted portfolios of designs which were judged by River Island Design Controller Lucy Moller, who was the 2006 winner of the Bursary.
Speaking on the announcement, Lucy said: “The River Island Bursary launched my fashion career 10 years ago.
“It is always so exciting to see new and exciting talent emerging. Our industry thrives on fresh ideas and it is so important to inject new energy and life into our design studio and creative teams.
“We are delighted to be amongst the first to witness and embrace the emergence of some of Ireland’s brightest new stars in the fashion industry.”
William’s winning design consisted of a red skirt with black detailing, black top and bomber jacket with a silk clutch bag that were inspired by 1950’s vintage where “functionality meets luxury”.

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