Final ten shortlisted student designs unveiled for Vodafone DIT Fashion Show 2013

11 April 2013:  Preparations for the Vodafone DIT Fashion Show are in the final stages, and the ten shortlisted student designs, were unveiled this week.  Now in its tenth year, and repeatedly attracting a full house of 1000 people, the Show takes place next Wednesday, 17th April, in Dublin’s Vicar Street.  Tickets are available now from and cost €20 (€15 for students).  The chosen charity for the Show this year is

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To get a flavour of what’s to come in Vicar Street, click here to see a short video filmed by DIT students at the semi-final stage in Smock Alley.


“Designer Conor Horgan from Co. Kerry, with his design modelled by Emmet Smith, DIT Student of Business and Spanish



Antonia Dowling, DIT student of Interior and Furniture Design, with her design modelled by Nikki Dunne, DIT student of Retail and Services Management

This year’s final contenders for the Vodafone student design competition are:

  • Nicole Jackson - LIT says she is relating the theme to the human body. The human body is an illogical form; despite modern science there are still illogical and unexpected surprises within the story of beach body. Modelled by DIT Students  Emma Ward who is studying human resource management.
  • Louisa Howard – IADT - The theme a house of chaos a twisted tale to Louisa hit on the memory of the board game Cluedo. This murder mystery game is quite obviously set in a “house of chaos” in which a murder takes place every time, but the tale is always twisted. Modelled by DIT Student Chloe Geraghty who is studying Marketing.
  • Edel Traynor- Grafton Academy – Edel’s twisted tale comes from the Rapid Eye Movement and non rapid eye movement stages of sleep and how our images or dreams during REM are quite sporadic and confusing.
  • Laura Jennings – LIT - to fully explore the theme Laura decided to work with the Famous brothers Grimm Story, Snow White, but she twisted the story in her own way. Modelled by DIT Student Isabella Domville who is studying Visual and critical studies
  • Mona Sweeney – GMIT – The work is centred on the dual theme of vulnerability and protection and fashion as armour. When we choose our clothes we choose how the world perceives us. Modelled by DIT Student Alannah Beirne who is studying Visual Merchandising.
  • Jordan Edmonds Moore- LIT - Jordan’s piece is based on the idea of Chaos verse Control and having the two interact eith one another in a garment. Essentially he wanted his look to reflect a battle between the two, both fighting each other in order to take hold of the wearer. Modelled by DIT Student Dee Maher who is studying Visual Merchandising.
  • Antonia Dowling – DIT - when she thinks of the phrase house of chaos; a twisted take she imagines an old rundown house of pain, nothing is safe. It reminds her of the house in the Tim Burton home where he and Dali have run free with madness. Modelled by DIT student Nikki Dunne who is studying Retail and Service Management.
  • Maria Roche- Griffith College - My silhouette “chaos” is inspired by the rapid and chaotic manner of the environment. Its inspired by the fusion and twisting of the beautiful, eccentric and crazy forms. Obscure and unexplained narratives, chaotic chronicles of design.
  • Jessica Brandt – University of Ulster - Her idea for her design is based on Chaotic Earth. Modelled by DIT Student Rumbie Netsiyanwa who is studying Pharmacy Healthcare
  • Colin Horgan – LIT.  The name of this piece is Relinquish menswear and our first and only menswear piece to make it to the semi-final. Modelled by DIT Student Emmet Smith who is studying Business and Spanish

The competition is intense for this annual fashion show, now in its 10th year, and the overall winner of the student design element will receive a cash prize of €2,500, while the 50 student models involved go head to head for best male and best female model.  The judging panel consists of Ireland's top stylist Maria Fusco, broadcaster Brendan Courtney, fashion editor at the Weekend Magazine Bairbre Power and designer and previous winner of the student design element of the Vodafone DIT Fashion Show Umit Kutluk. 

According to Rob Hyland Sponsorship Manager, Vodafone Ireland, “Vodafone is proud to support this event again which has developed a strong reputation over its ten years for recognising young fashion talent. Irish designers have had a significant influence on the fashion industry across the world and events such as this are an important platform to showcase the future of Irish Fashion.”

 The DIT Fashion Society is one of 80 societies in DIT which have 6,000 student members in total. The societies place heavy emphasis on the management of, and participation in, productions and campaigns such as the Vodafone DIT Fashion Show with a view to the practical education of the students involved. 


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