DCU Project Young Designer

by Amy Lawlor

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The winner of Project Young Designer was announced during DCU’s 2015 fashion show. Project Young Designer is a competition run by DCU Style where up and coming designers have the opportunity to have their pieces placed in one of Ireland’s glamorous boutiques – Om Diva.

The competition was organised by Orlaith Farrell, a member of DCU Style who worked as a stylist in last year’s show, and the winner was chosen by a panel of well-established fashion designers, stylists and journalists. We were lucky enough to talk to Irish TV presenter and fashion stylist Brendan Courtney. When asked what he was looking for in the winning piece he replied saying, “something interesting, new and fun.”  The theme this year seemed to be focused on nature as all of the six finalists had a nature inspired theme behind their pieces. All of the pieces were outstanding and unusually different.

The winning outfit was a two piece organic flowing dress designed by Geraldine Brein. Geraldine used green, white and navy panels to create an outstanding structured skirt which left the judges in awe. The top of the dress was short sleeved and predominately navy but she incorporated the print in the skirt on the collar of the dress to create fluidity. All of the designs were noteworthy and I’m sure we’ll be seeing these designers in retail stores in the near future.

Image courtesy of DCU Style Soc

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