THE creme de la creme of the Irish fashion industry packed into the medieval St Mary’s Cathedral in Limerick last week for a spectacular runway fashion event showcasing the designs of students from across the world.
Among the special guests at the second Limerick International Fashion Student Awards - the centrepiece of the Limerick Style Festival - was Valerie Campbell, mother of supermodel Naomi.
“It’s a pleasure for me to be here because I love fashion. It is a fabulous stage for the students to be on,” said Valerie, who jetted in from the UK and stayed in Adare Manor while in Limerick.
Her famous daughter, she said, is “doing fine - she had a lot of fun doing Gogglebox” - the show which records family and friends sitting in their living rooms watching weekly British television programmes.
The winner of the awards was Juliane Kaatzsch, University of Art and Design Burg-Giebichenstein, Halle, Germany who received a prize of €10,000 sponsored by Brown Thomas along with an internship in Montreal with the international fashion brand, Frank Lyman Design, who also awarded the winner an extra €1,000.
The judging panel was led by journalist Constance Harris, fashion editor of the Sunday Independent and Life magazine, and she was joined by Limerick-born designer Synan O’Mahony, Claire Breslin from Brown Thomas, Larry Byrne representing Frank Lyman Design and Valerie Campbell.
“Along with John McNamara and my family, I was so happy with the way everything went,” said Celia Holman Lee, who organised the event.
“I looked out from behind the scenes and I said to myself ‘we have the royalty of the fashion industry sitting here in St Mary’s Cathedral’,” she added.