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NCAD x JW ANDERSON
Every year a new generation of Irish fashion designers emerge from universities across Ireland. With so much incredible talent coming from our shores to the world stage over the years. We believe now more than ever the future of fashion and design needs support and encouragement. One of the ways we are continuing to do this this year is with the Brown Thomas ‘Designer to Watch’ 2020 bursary award in association with NCAD. This year the bursary offers an incredible 3-month internship with JW Anderson. A prize like no other.
UNA CURRAN - WINNER 2020
The 2020 CREATE 'Designer to Watch' as selected by our Fashion Director Shelly Corkery is Úna Curran, a recent Fashion Design graduate from NCAD. Her collection "Entangled Traces" is inspired by bird flight patterns and the idea of modern surveillance and includes frayed cotton voile pieces with embroidery and silk print details. Her bursary includes an amazing 3-month internship with Northern Irish designer JW Anderson.
HEATHER GILROY - WINNER 2019
Heather Gilroy was the winner of the NCAD and Brown Thomas ‘Designer to Watch 2019’ bursary for her collection ‘Among the Flat Pink Roses’ which was a collection inspired by ‘Repeal the Eighth' movement and passages from Sylvia Plath's poetry, the result is a celebration of modern femininity with laser-cut silk, oversized silhouettes, layered frills and cashmere.
ALLA SINKEVICH - WINNER 2018
Winner of the ‘Designer to Watch 2018’ bursary for her collection ‘Existential Nomad.’ Alla Sinkevich is a sustainable fashion designer-maker born in Ukraine, schooled in Belarus. Currently studying Masters Programme in Fashion Design at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen she continues to be a designer to watch.
LAOISE CAREY - WINNER 2017
Laoise Carey, former winner of ‘Designer to Watch 2017’ bursary was inspired by antique curtains and the Romanian sculptor Ana Lupas. Following her graduate collection from the National College of Art and Design she continues to produce ultra-feminine, yet utterly cool pieces we will all want to wear now.
AIDEEN GAYNOR- WINNER 2016
Brooklyn-born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, Gaynor studied in NCAD, was the ‘Designer to Watch in 2016’ bursary for her collection influenced by the novel the End of the World’ by Haruki Murakami. She later went on to study at Parsons School in New York, her work is storytelling through fashion.
DANIEL RODEN - WINNER 2015
The first winner of the Designer to Watch award in 2015 was Daniel Roden, who was chosen for his collection, Green, which was inspired by the superstitions around colour.