Mona Sweeney from Achill Sound, who studies in Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), has won the overall Vodafone Student Design Award 2013 at the Vodafone DIT Fashion Show in Vicar Street Dublin last night (17th April 2013) from an impressive shortlist of ten designs.
Mona picked up a cash prize of €2,500 for her winning design which was worn by Alannah Beirne from Naas who studies Visual Merchandising in DIT.
Mona says her design, entitled “Morphic Opulence”, is centred on the dual theme of vulnerability and protection and fashion as armour.
She says, “When we choose our clothes we choose how the world perceives us.”
The theme of this year’s Vodafone DIT Fashion Show, now in its 10th year and attended by 1,000 people, was “House of Chaos: A Twisted Tale”.
Mona, who is in her third year of a BA in Art & Design (Textiles) in GMIT’s Centre for Creative Arts and Media, added: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have won this award, having seen the believable talent on show in this year’s DIT Vodafone Fashion Awards Final.
“It’s been an amazing experience to go through the whole design process from sketch to catwalk. I got fantastic support from GMIT and all my lecturers in the GMIT Centre for Creative Arts & Media and truly wouldn’t have been able to do it without them”.
Tony Magner, lecturer in Textiles, GMIT Centre for Creative Arts & Media, says: “We are absolutely thrilled for Mona. All of us in the Textile Design programme in GMIT endeavour to bring out the best in our students, and help them realise their vision and compete successfully on a national and international platform. Mona has done us proud”.
Student model Alannah Beirne (second from left) wearing the winning design by GMIT Textiles Design student Mona Sweeney called “Morphic Opulence”, pictured with L to R: Tony Magner, lecturer in Textile Design at GMIT, winning GMIT textiles student Mona Sweeney and stylist, TV presenter Brendan Courtney, who was one of the judges of the national competition. Photo: Kevin Goss-Ross Photography.