Dublin Fashion Festival 2018

Every year, Dublin Fashion Festival exhibits the finest of fashion that Dublin’s fair city has to offer.This year, the festival runs from 12-15th September, hosting a myriad of fashion-forward events and promotions all around town, making it one of the most anticipated events in the Irish fashion calendar. We at Design Centre are so proud to be involved in this year’s festival in association with Dublin Town. For more information on the festival, click here.

The Dublin Fashion Festival kicked off with the explosive DFF: The Collective opening event at the Round Room in the Mansion House. The Collective is an exclusive runway show where all fashion businesses across Dublin City have the opportunity to exhibit their own take on this seasons trends in conjunction with the announcement of the winner of the Young Designer of the Year 2018. Design Centre were invited to join Dublin Town and Evoke.ie for this annual spectacle. Upon arrival we were greeted with booming catwalk music and a complimentary glass of Jasmine Rose Gin with Fever Tree Tonic, thanks to the sponsors of this Dublin Town event, Bloom Gin.

The show began with an exhibition of the top ten finalists collections who reached the final stage of The Young Designer of the Year. The Young Designer of the Year is a fantastic competition that allows up and coming, budding Irish fashion design college students to have a platform to showcase their emerging creations in the fashion realm. We at the Design Centre are very passionate about YDOTY as for decades we have played a key role in cultivating the careers of young creative fashion designers including Philip Treacy, Lainey Keogh and John Rocha in the early years. We have also closely mentored many Irish designers over the years and therefore we wholeheartedly understand the importance enabling the fresh fashion ideas of young creatives to be seen. Our very own owner of Design Centre, Ashling Kilduff, took to the judging panel of this year’s Dublin Fashion Young Designer of the Year 2018.

On the night, the very best of Irish creativity and innovative fashion ideas were on display with finalists hailing from every corner of the country. Michelle McAuley from Edinburgh College of Art deservingly took home the winning spot with her intricate crochet detailed look.

We had an amazing night especially seeing our stunning floral Synan O’Mahony dress on the runway as part of our AW18 lookbook. We want to thank Dublin Town Fashion and Evoke.ie for enabling a festival to celebrate all the creativity our city has to offer. Dublin Fashion Festival is one of the most important events in our calendar and we can’t wait to get involved next year!


-Design Centre Team.



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