Three second Year LyIT Fashion Students saw their creations come under the spotlight in a unique experience at the Irish Fashion Innovation Awards.

The Galway Fashion Week event is one of the most prestigious awards sought by designers all over Ireland. The Donegal students missed out on the prize of Student Designer of the Year 2017 but had a unique opportunity to showcase their work in front of influential industry leaders.

Eimear Bradley, Lauren Doyle and Niamh Porter at the IFIA Awards 2017

Niamh Porter, Eimear Bradley and Lauren Doyle had a busy day last Thursday, March 30th, as they prepped models with their designs before watching them take off on the catwalk. Seeing the fabrics move on real models was an exciting experience for the up-and-coming artists, who had put in so much work into perfecting the designs. Read the preview feature to discover the influences behind the designs here.

L-R Nollaig Crombie (Head of Design and Creative Media at LyIT), Eimear Bradley, Lauren Doyle, Niamh Porter (participating fashion design students) and Sharon Maxwell (lecturer)

The competition brief to design day-to-night workwear was interpreted in eclectic ways by the designers to create eye-catching innovative pieces. Watch the video from the awards here:

The BA Fashion with Promotion degree is a unique course that addresses the skills required to succeed in today’s fashion design industry, which has drastically evolved over the last ten years.

Students learn about the traditional skills of pattern cutting and garment making alongside illustration, photography, film, marketing, graphics, sourcing, social media promotion, e-commerce and the business of fashion – it’s the only course of its kind.

For those considering a career in fashion, why not check out the BA in Fashion with Promotion online at

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