Young designer from Wicklow wins student design award at the DIT Alfa Romeo Fashion Show with design inspired by Oscar Wilde


The winning design at the 2011 DIT Alfa Romeo Fashion Show

30th March 2011

Grafton Academy student Umit Kutluk from Glenealy, Co. Wicklow, whose design is inspired by an Oscar Wilde poem, has won the student design award at the DIT Alfa Romeo Fashion Show in Vicar Street Dublin. He picked up a cash prize of €2,000 for his winning design which was worn by Anna Flynn from Clontarf Dublin, a student of tourism marketing at DIT. Umit says he used red beading “to evoke the image of connecting blood veins to the heart and the fabric is natural silk chiffon, so connects with nature which is a string theme in the Oscar Wilde poem We are made one with what we touch and see.’” The whole theme for tonight’s show which was attended by 1,000 people was "Romeo & Giulietta - A Bad Romance".

Second place in the student design award element of the show went to Aoife Conroy from Breaffy, Co. Mayo (NCAD) whose outfit was modelled by Vita Shevnyuk who is from Drumcondra Dublin and studies tourism management in DIT. Aoife was inspired by the Lady Gaga music video 'Bad Romance' and says she wanted “a design that mirrored the music video and contrasted the feminine silhouette with sharp, structured details, but had a quirky twist.”

Third place went to Amy McAlinden from Blackrock, Co. Dublin (Grafton Academy) whose design called "For the birds" was modelled by Aifric Elian Rice from Killarney who has just completed the DIT Fashion Buying course . Her outfit is heavily embellished and the jacket has been embroidered with elastic to create a feathered effect, then hand beaded. "The silhouette of the dress imitates that of a bird, my chosen theme" said Amy.

The judging panel included Ireland's top stylist Maria Fusco, broadcaster Brendan Courtney, fashion editor at the Weekend Magazine Bairbre Power, stylist and writer Angela Scanlon and designer Sian Jacobs.

The popular annual show, now in its eighth year, is organised by 70 students from DIT. One of the gratifying elements for the organising students is the charitable aspect of the show. In this instance, the net proceeds from the show will be presented to the DIT Foundation who will put in place two student scholarships for the 2011 / 2012 academic year. The DIT Fashion Society is one of 80 societies in DIT involving 6,000 student members. The societies place heavy emphasis on the management of, and participation in, productions and campaigns such as the DIT Alfa Romeo Fashion Show with a view to the practical education of the students involved.

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