Achill student wins design award

Morphic Opulence design from Mona Sweeney from Achill Island, who studies at GMIT, won the student design award at the Student Design Award 2013 at the Vodafone DIT Fashion Show in Vicar Street this week.

Ms Sweeney picked up a cash prize of €2,500 for her winning design. She says her design, entitled Morphic Opulence, is centred on the dual theme of vulnerability and protection and fashion as armour. She says, “When we choose our clothes we choose how the world perceives us.”

The theme of this year’s Vodafone DIT Fashion Show, now in its 10th year and attended by 1,000 people, was House of Chaos: A Twisted Tale. The judging panel consisted of Ireland's top stylist Maria Fusco, broadcaster Brendan Courtney (who was also MC at the show ), fashion editor at the Irish Independent and Weekend Magazine Bairbre Power, Arnotts marketing manager Lou Conlon who started the first show with fellow DIT students, and designer and previous winner of the student design element of the Vodafone DIT Fashion Show Umit Kutluk.


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