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Winner crowned at DIT Fashion Show 2016 in Vicar Street, in aid of Jack & Jill

Posted: 20 April, 2016

(L-R) “Jerusalem – The Promised Land” designed by Sarah Murphy from Roundwood in Wicklow who studies at Griffith College and modelled by DIT Biomedical Science student Santa Rubine from Moate in Westmeath is the overall winner of the DIT Fashion Show in Vicar Street, winning a €2,000 cash prize sponsored by DublinTown for the young designer.  Sarah Murphy says her outfit “incorporates traditional and modern ideals, reflecting a new path for the city the land of milk and honey.  The wooden embellishment on the bag is derived from the sandstone brick work at the Western Wall which encompasses the old city.”  Net proceeds for the show go to the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation who have supported 2,000 sick children nationwide with home nursing care, including 39 children in Wicklow and 477 children in Dublin.

The judging panel was made up of Brendan Courtney, TV personality, designer and co-founder of Lennon Courtney and Founder of Frock Advisor; Umit Kutluk, the 2011 winner of this DIT design competition and now a well known and influential designer in the Irish fashion industry; Maria Fusco, well respected stylist, fashion designer and fashion show producer; Bairbre Power, fashion editor of the Irish Independent and Weekend Magazine. 

In second place was “Modern Matador” designed by Clodagh Knight from Palmerstown Dublin (also studies at Griffith College), modelled by DIT student Dearbhla Dolan from Belturbet Co. Cavan who studies Ophthalmic Dispensing.  Clodagh’s design is “inspired by the city of Barcelona and the traditional culture of bull fighting, using traditional colours mixed with modern fabrics and shapes to create a bold style.”

In joint third place was “Artificial Intelligence” designed by Cija Lamb from Feakle, Clare who studies at Mallow College of Tailoring & Fashion; modelled by DIT Architecture student Paris Brown from Howth Co. Dublin.  Cija’s design is “based on the Nahtilus shell, the spiral Fibonacci sequence, with inspiration from artificial intelligence technology and how it can be beneficial to humankind if used properly and programmed correctly.”  Also joint third place was “Connections” designed by Aurelie Yolande from Dublin who studies at Griffith College; modelled by DIT student Katerina Gaydova who is from Swords.  Aurelie says that her Metropolis inspiration “is a place where everything and everyone is connected.”  She concentrated on “an important feature of a big city – lights that could be translated as our human behaviour, sometimes turned on when we are connected to our world and sometimes turned off because we feel disconnected.”


The award was presented at the DIT Fashion Show in Vicar Street last night by Clyde Carroll Marketing Director of DublinTown and Festival Director of the Dublin Fashion Festival who said: “DublinTown as organisers of Dublin Fashion Festival are delighted to support the DIT Fashion Show especially given its ‘Metropolis’ city theme which really suits our DublinTown brand. The association with DIT, a college whose campus is Dublin City Centre, is a very positive one and the show is a fashion fast track for new designers. Through our own Dublin Fashion Young Designer of the Year event, we see first-hand how events like this can support young designers starting off in their career. We wish all those who took part the best of luck in their future fashion careers.” 

The DIT Fashion Society, which organizes this annual show now in its 13th year, is one of 80 societies in DIT which have over 6,000 student members. The societies place heavy emphasis on the management of, and participation in, productions and campaigns such as the DIT Fashion Show with a view to the practical education of the students involved. The net proceeds from the show will be presented to the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation to fund home nursing care hours for children nationwide with severe disabilities from birth to 4 years old, with every €16 raised funding one hour of home nursing care.  Full details from