The old Habitat building on Dame Street had never seen action like it when Dublin’s fashion crowd were seen queuing to get in yesterday evening. Even when the shop was open I doubt there was ever such a crowd inside it’s walls. The venue had been decked out fabulously and the Perrier Mojitos were in full flow as Dublin’s fash’ pack studied each other before being ushered to the catwalk.
Models and student designers mingled with judges and media types as front row (FROW) seats were fought for. The event was such a success that half the audience were unable to sit and had to stand behind the gathered ‘beautiful people’. Brendan Courtney introduced the designs from the 20 finalist’s which were all presented to us in a fantastic opening runway show.
The mood boards for each design had been displayed for us to view before the show and were works of art in their own right. It was as they moved along the runway, however, that we were able to see just how much detail, skill and talent had gone into each stunning creation.
Tim Ryan was mentor to the students as well as jumping in at the last minute to help judge the winner after House of Fraser representative Zoe Matthews dropped out. Ryan showcased a truly inspiring knitwear collection as the panel deliberated the winner. A blue theme ran through the collection, the flow and movement of each piece was incredible and had the fluidity of water. So much so that I wondered if the theme wasn’t the blue of the sea?
I also got to thinking about whether or not the change to the judging panel had made a difference to the outcome? After all Ryan was able to give background information on all the finalists and their designs that the other judges would never have known about had he not stepped in?
Mr Courtney took to the catwalk to announce the highly anticipated results; the two equally placed runners up who were each to receive €1000 and a Nokia Supernova handset (from which the inspiration from their designs came)were…
Ciara Glynn from LSAD – who’s ‘Iridescent Space Warrior’ design, was based on the idea of a futuristic space warrior and consisted of heavy silver beaded armour and crystals. – (Mood Board 6 on previous blog).
Lyn Allen from NCAD – who’s ‘Nigh of the Supernova’ design, was a Gothic feathered creation designed with a supernatural queen in mind.- (Mood Board 13 on Previous blog ).
I loved Lyn’s creation, her mood board alone had moved me as i had seen it. To see it come to life having seen the mood board previously was even more mesmerising. It seemed to be one of the more reaction evoking pieces of the night. The crowed certainly expressed their collective admiration as the model walked it in the show.
The overall winner was finally announced as Aoife Gallagher, from Donegal and currently in her fourth year in NCAD. She impressed the panel with her ‘Hidden Light, Natural Movement Exposure’. (mood Board 2 on previous blog). Not only was Aoife awarded the coveted NYFDA ’09, she also received €5,000, the Nokia handset, media profiling opportunities for the year and a work placement with retail partner, House of Fraser in London.
Aoife’s design was created with exquisite skill and tailoring, even from the FROW where I was lucky enough to grab a seat, you could see that the piece was put together with dedicated perfection. See for yourself.
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