Griffith student wins Young Fashion Designer of the Year award

Thiago Reboucas

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The winning piece, designed by Linn-Marie Karlsen. Photo courtesy of Linn-Marie Karlsen

Linn-Marie Karlsen, third-year student of Fashion Design at Griffith College Dublin, has won the prestigious Young Fashion Designer of the Year award.

The award was given at the UCD Fashion Show on Thursday, February 20th. .

Featuring over 70 student models, the ceremony showcased some of the  leading young designers in Ireland. The event has become a highlight in the country’s social calendar, with celebrities such as Matt Cardle – winner of the X-Factor – performing at the show.

The Young Fashion Designer of the Year Award is presented to emerging fashion design students and is judged by a panel of industry experts including established designers and media experts.

The nationwide competition was open to anyone studying fashion in Ireland, details of which were sent to all colleges throughout the 32 counties.

Linn-Marie won the main prize of the night with a mini collection of three pieces developed last year for an assignment at Griffith. She was awarded a brand new Nissan car for her achievement.

“I took inspiration from the film The Matrix to create the concept of my collection. My goal was to capture the dreamy and futuristic look of the movie,” Linn-Marie explains.

Design is definitely one of the most important components of fashion, but Linn-Marie says that fabrics also play a major role: “The fabrics that I chose for my pieces definitely had an important effect on their final look, adding a lot of personality to them. I used acrylic/PVC, leather, rubber and Irish linen”.

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The three pieces of Linn-Marie’s award-winning collection. Photo courtesy of Linn-Marie Karlsen.

It took a lot more than inspiration for Linn-Marie to get her collection done  – she worked hard last year to have all the pieces ready: “I spent whole days and nights in college to get my work done, but it was definitely worth it”.

Linn-Marie Karlsen, winner of the Yound Fashion Designer of the Year award. Photo courtesy of Linn-Marie Karlsen.

Linn-Marie explains that her experience in college has been both challenging and rewarding. “Griffith changed my views as a designer, it made me understand that we need to fail many times to be able to succeed. The college has been constantly pushing students to do better and boosting our confidence in ourselves,” she says.

Her latest accomplishment follows another important award that she received last year at the  Griffith College Graduate Student Fashion Show, when she succeeded with the tailoring award, winning an internship with Louis Copeland.

With graduation fast-approaching, Linn-Marie looks into the future with confidence: “I want to work in a company that allows me to express my creativity and, in the long run, I want to set up my own fashion business”.

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Thiago Reboucas