NCAD student Patricia Carroll has won the student design award at the Vodafone DIT Fashion Show.

Patricia's amazing design was inspired by weeping willow trees, and impressed the judges with its elegant and dramatic structure.

She commented on the design: “The natural manner of this particular tree is quite fascinating, as it has an extreme elegance, yet sombre appearance, which is depicted from the curtains of drooping branches which sweep the ground. I set out to translate these fascinating aspects into an outfit.” 

The theme for the 11th annual Vodafone DIT Fashion Show was 'Enchanted Forest: Hidden Nature' and the top three designers were chosen from entrants from across the country.

The judging panel consister of top Irish fashion industry experts, including stylist Maria Fusco, broadcaster Brendan Courtney and fashion editor Bairbre Power.

Second place went to Griffith College student Roisin Lawrence whose design was inspired by "monsters lurking in the dark, damp forest, taking their tangled and matted hair, their wrinkled and slimy skin and transforming them into beautiful unusual fabrics, with the exaggerated silhouettes of the unnatural beings themselves.”

Third place went to University of Ulster student Claire McElduff who was inspired by the nature around her home in Omagh.

L-R: Designs by Roisin Lawrence, Patricia Carroll and Claire McElduff.

Speaking at the show, Paula Murphy, Vodafone Ireland said: “Vodafone Ireland is honoured to be associated with this incredibly creative and inspirational event. The Student Design competition has become synonymous with very high standards for young Irish fashion talent.

"It’s obvious from the creativity that was on display in this evening’s show that each of the finalists have really bright futures in fashion. We congratulate Patricia Carroll who was a worthy winner of the Vodafone Student Design Award, and extend our congratulations to all finalists for the extraordinary high standard of their designs.”

The net proceeds from the show will be presented to the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation which provides a nationwide home nursing care model for children from birth to 4 years old with severe disabilities as a result of brain damage, as well as end of life care at home for children.