Holly-Rose Twomey of Youghal is the 2019 Student Designer of the Year. Holly-Rose picked up her award at the prestigious Irish Fashion Innovation Awards (IFIA). The awards are held annually at the Galmont Hotel and Spa, Galway. Every year the fashion industry awards designers for outstanding work and also looks to future designers with categories such as ‘ones to watch’. The IFIAs attract all the main players in the Irish fashion industry and is known as the ‘fashion Oscars’.
Holly-Rose (22) is a fashion student at Limerick School of Art and Design. As part of the awards, which is celebrating 10 years, design colleges from all over Ireland submit designs from three outstanding students each. Holly-Rose’s winning design pipped 20 other student’s efforts with the standard at a very high level. All categories were judged by eminent fashionistas, Deirdre McQuilan of the Irish Times, Bairbre Power of the Irish Independent and Patricia McCrossan, Managing Director of Golden Egg Productions Ltd. The student category was based on designs inspired by decades. Holly-Rose’s design was inspired by silent cinema from the early 1900s and especially, George Meiliés’s famous science fiction movie, ‘A Trip to the Moon’ from 1904. The design wowed the judges for its technical excellence, use of fabrics and overall design. Former Exposé presenter, Lorraine Keane called Holly-Rose’s design ‘stunning’. Holly-Rose said she was ‘shocked to win the award’ given the number of contestants involved and the standard of garments. “It’s a fantastic achievement, I’m delighted to be part of the whole event,” she added.
The Student Designer of the Year will now return to Limerick School of Art and Design to complete designs for her final year project with a bright future ahead.