Fashion students show off their designs at the National College of Art and Design end of year show. at the Shelbourne Hotel.

There is a lot more to putting on a fashion show than simply throwing on some clothes as NCAD fashion students discovered preparing to display their creations at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin. For many of them, this is the first opportunity to show their work and try to make the transition from something that was considered a hobby to a career.

Student Irene O'Mara hopes to set up a business making her own clothing range. She believes this can be done with the assistance of grants.

Stage, music, lights and the models all play a major part in how the students' work is presented.

According to model Gerri McGuigan, it’s a cut-throat industry for both fashion designers and models, where you have always got to be better than someone else.

The end-of-year show is the goal for the design students.

The NCAD end-of-year show offers students the opportunity to express themselves creatively before embarking on a career in the real world.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 13 June 1985. The reporter is Andrew Kelly.