Designed for Success

A DRESS designed by a Dundalk student is one of eight creations which will compete for the top prize in a national fashion competition.

A DRESS designed by a Dundalk student is one of eight creations which will compete for the top prize in a national fashion competition.

Laura Gilsenan, aged 22, from Oaklawns, is “thrilled” to be in the running for the e10,000 first prize in the Persil Irish Fashion Awards 2011.

“I was really happy when I found out I had been chosen as one of the finalists. I didn’t think that I would get it,” said Laura.

The brief was to design in red machine washable fabric for spring/summer 2011. The contestants were asked to design whatever they feel fashionable Irish women would like to wear, using a variety of shades of red and textures of fabric

“The dress I designed was inspired by some research I did about pianos and the circus, then I moved on to manipulating the button stands,” she said.

“I began working on the dress last December. It was a lot of work. I had to make two of the same dress for the final and each dress took me two weeks to make.”

Laura, who is a student at the National College of Art & Design (NCAD) in Dublin is joined in the final by fellow students from the NCAD - Mona Atkinson, Mary Lennon, and Aoife Conroy.

Helen Lalor, Rionnagh Condon and Lynne Rutherford from Limerick School of Art & Design are also in the final, along with Aisling Richards-Scully from The Grafton Academy. The eight final outfits will be showcased in selected Irish Marks & Spencer Stores.