Laura’s Persil dress is a hit

A STUDENT fashion designer from Dundalk was among eight finalists who competed in the Persil Irish Fashion Awards 2011.

A STUDENT fashion designer from Dundalk was among eight finalists who competed in the Persil Irish Fashion Awards 2011.

Laura Gilsenan, aged 22, from Oaklawns impressed judges with her design at the grand final, which took place on Sunday, April 20 in The Marks & Spencer Grafton Street Rooftop Café.

Persil’s Red Alert brief required the finalists to design in red, machine-washable fabric for

spring/summer 2011.

The students designed what they felt fashionable Irish women would like to wear, using a variety of shades of red and textures of fabric.

The dress Laura designed was inspired by some research she did about pianos and the circus; then she moved onto manipulating the button stands.

Laura began working on the dress last December. She had to make two of the same dress for the competition and each dress took two weeks to make.

A student at the National College of Art & Design, Laura was joined in the final by fellow NCAD students Mona Atkinson, Mary Lennon and Aoife Conroy.

Helen Lalor, Rionnaigh Condon and Lynne Rutherford from Limerick School of Art & Design were also in the final, along with Aisling Richards-Scully from The Grafton Academy.

It was Monaghan student, Mary Lennon who walked away with the top prize of e10,000.